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Personal Git Commands and Setup

Just about everyday, I’m working on and committing code to a repository using Git. This is pretty standard for developers today, and just like any developer, I decided that writing out git status, git add -p, git commit -m…, etc., was just too much work 😂 🤓. This lead me to spend several hours putting […]

How did you get started in tech?

Recently, I applied to speak at a local tech group, sharing my journey in tech thus far. I wanted to share what I wrote here, including the prompt. I tried to keep it brief and active. How did you get started in tech and what are your lessons learned along the way? While living in […]

The Trifecta of Goodness

Since 2012, I’ve been developing websites and web apps, mostly on WordPress, Laravel, and Gatsby, mostly for clients (that is, no real personal projects). I’ve worked on my own as a freelancer and now I work with an awesome group of folks at The Digital Ring in Madison, Wisconsin. The the team of people with […]

How to Run Your WordPress Site On Local, Gatsby and Netlify… For FREE!

Yes! This is a click-bait-y title. BUT, I wanted to see if this was possible, and it is! If you’ve ever wanted a fast and secure WordPress site, here is one way to do it. NOTE: I would NOT recommend this (probably) for a live site. Maybe there’s a slightly different way of going about […]

Hello Gatsby! This blog is now headless WordPress…

Well, I did it. I jumped on the Gatsby bandwagon, and it seems pretty great so far! Also, there’s been a very nice bump in overall site performance and experience (Chrome Lighthouse audits): I’m planning to make a quick video of my experience and update this post with it, but I wanted to share what […]

Learning React… So I can I can hang out with other things…

Maybe it’s FOMO (fear of missing out 😮), or I’m finally starting to see the benefit, but I’m finally getting down and dirty with React, compiling everything I need to be proficient with it, and start using on the regular. Wait, but why… now…??? This has been a long time coming. I’ve definitely been dragged […]

Using Local by Flywheel for Local Laravel Development

Note: This post has been updated to work with the new version of Local. I’ll try to keep things updated if the development environment changes in the future. (last updated: Feb. 18, 2020) While I mostly build with WordPress, I’m going to be working with a few projects coming up that will require a more […]

Customizing WordPress

Everyone wants a unique web presence. WordPress makes this easy by allowing us to customize our website to our heart’s content. BUT, where do you start? Where does all that custom code go? Maybe you’ve gone through a tutorial (or ten!) that instructed you to, “Put that custom style in your Child Theme” or “Just […]

A New Talks Page

Recently, I’ve started volunteering to give more talks to local user groups and conferences. Normally, I have some kind of slide deck to go along with those as a resource. To keep all of these in one place, I’ve created a Talks page as a kind of repo for the talks I’ve given or talks in […]

Auto-Send Slack Invites

Update: This may not work anymore, or may not work for new users of this app. I know we’ve hit out sending limit on our free account for a local meetup, so test and proceed with caution. Recently, we wanted to create a Slack group for a meetup group in our city. We also wanted […]

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