I'm very excited to welcome you to my new site! I've had a lot of fun putting it together and have many more things planned.
Aside from advertising myself, I wanted a place where I could give back to the community that has allowed me to grow as a professional. I am a self-taught web developer, meaning that I sought out all of the information I needed on my own. However, I ended up finding the vast majority of what I was looking for on forums, tutorial blogs, and more than one random comment on some long-forgotten site. I've been in the web-world for a little less than 4 years as of this post and I've learned enough to share. In no way do I consider myself an all-knowing genius. I have lots to learn, and I believe that we all have the capability to grow. So I plan to simply share solutions to problems I've solved. I hope you'll take part in the discussion, share your wisdom, and offer constructive criticism.
I read a fantastic post titled "There is No Directive" by James Padolsey (Link) and it perfectly outlines my feelings towards my chosen field. We all work and learn about things at different times, in different ways, and reach different audiences. As such, we should be less concerned about a non-existent master plan, and more concerned about bettering ourselves and sharing our solutions. As the article mentions: "It’s just you and other people trying to figure stuff out..." and it is in that spirit that I approach my blog and career.
The design of the site was something I spent quite a bit of time on, and again, I have a lot more I'd like to add. It was important for me to represent who I am as a person as much as I am a developer. I am bad with color. I have a hard time matching colors and developing color schemes and as such, black and white are my friends. I took art lessons as a child and always hated ruining my awesome pencil sketches with messy color (again, because I was terrible at using it). Thus I went with a clean, simplistic design that reminds me of all my wonderful pencil sketches, who knows, I might share some with you.
I built this site using the new-ish Anchor CMS and let me tell you, it has been an absolute delight. If you haven't checked it out, you should. There's still a lot of work being done to improve things but it already has a solid and intuitive core.
Feel free to poke around and contact me with any suggestions/bugs.
Take Care - Rick