I haven’t written anything since July of last year and there is really no excuse for that.
Sitting in a local San Diego area Starbux, I found myself immersed in the banality of flicking through my smartphone. Productivity in mind but procrastination in charge. That’s about when the WordPress app caught my eye and started throwing guilt trips at me.
So are you gonna waste your whole time doing this?
No. No I’m not.
With that settled, here’s a quick update on what’s new since July.
Let’s start with where I left off, which happened to be about mid-move from NorCal to SoCal. Yes, we’re back home in San Diego, CA and totally stoked on that.
I haven’t been a big fan of the SF Bay Area since leaving for San Diego in ’94 (sorry family). And though South Texas island living was idyllic and quite enjoyable, there’s just no place like paradise: San Diego
Thankful everyday for it.
WordCamp San Diego 2015 took place at the end of March last year, and acted as a catalyst of sorts to get the ball rolling towards San Diego. It was my first WordCamp outside of the 3 WCSF events I had participated in since 2012. I met some cool people and thoroughly enjoyed it.
So much so that I offered to help out during this year’s event. Looking forward to that.
I had barely finished unloading the moving truck when it was time to go back to school. That’s right. The hallowed halls of higher education beckoned. How could I possibly say ‘no’ to taking another stab at classroom learning when it was offered free of charge? So into San Diego Continuing Education’s Front End Web Developer (FEWD) program I went.
This was a 2-part college level pilot program by the San Diego Community College District that offered a Certificate along with transferable credits towards the 2-year Associate’s degree in Front End Web Development.
The first part crammed a semester’s worth of material into 9 weeks, with part two following close behind for a duration of about 18 weeks.
Running QuiteVisible Studio, logging in hours with AppPresser (read on, I’ll explain later), and fulfilling a full load’s worth of college courses – I managed to crawl in a sleep-deprived daze across the finish line to get the FEWD 1 Certificate – and pick up a new client as a result of our team’s final project.
The break at halftime allowed me to regain some strength and delusionally talk myself into thinking I could take another 18 weeks of this brutality. But a few weeks into FEWD 2 and I was in trouble. It was time to sacrifice something good to keep investing in what was best. Thanks for the oppotunity SDCE. It was a great run!
The best part of this episode on my timeline? Keeping in touch with the new names and faces in my contact list, rooting them on to the finish line, and being there to celebrate with a few of them when it was over.
Yeah, ok… I still won.
My journey of starting and running a freelance web business has continued to travel down an educational road that is paved with WordPress. The WordPress community is second to none… drama and all.
Building on an open source project like WordPress requires swimming in the sea of themes, plugins, and code snippets needed to deliver a project. Part of the growth process then, involves the arduous task of diligently learning how to choose the best tools for both me and my clients. Some of the wisdom derived from that process comes from the refining experience of trial and error. Some of it by knowing who’s recommendation is worth gold.
With themes, I moved along steadily from the early bootstrapping days of using free themes from the repo, to feasting on the candy of Themeforest, and finally realizing the efficiency of sticking with a theme framework.
Although I was relatively happy with the one I was using, I eventually came to understand the need to graduate.
Early last year, I fell in love with the Genesis framework and made a decision to work with no other themes.
By the end of the year, I committed by fully investing into the ridiculously value-priced ProPlus Package and haven’t looked back since.
And I’ll add this – I can’t say enough good things about the Genesis family.
I’ve saved the best for last. The nuts and bolts needed to secure our decision to move back to San Diego were just beginning to fall in place and ratchet down.
That’s when AppPresser happened and I couldn’t be more excited to have joined this cutting edge team to help tackle support issues.
I have to admit that at times it’s been a little intimidating. It was completely exhausting while I was in school. But everyone on the team has been very encouraging and more than willing to help me along the steep learning curve I must climb each day.
It’s been very challenging and definitely forced me to up my game for almost a year now.
So there you have it. Consider yourself now updated within the small world of QuiteVisible Studio and more. Thanks for coming along.