I’ve been holding a love/hate relationship with Twitter recently. On one hand I hate it because it’s loaded with negativity and hate, things that weight me down more than I need. On the other though, I’ve had some amazing, life-bettering interactions on the site.

One tweet I caught recently was this one from Aaron Gustafson:

Ya’ll know I love mentorship — I’ve tried holding a mentorship program of my own and I gush about folks who’ve mentored me and influenced me in tech since I started. …


I didn’t renew livelocalkw.com this year. And it wasn’t because I forgot either.

The hosting platform that my friend signed me up with years ago sent me a reminder that it was going to automatically charge me $150USD for hosting fees on May 28th so I logged on, killed the subscription and waited for the last days of LiveLocalKW without much fanfare. Today, I checked and the site is down.

In it’s 3 editions (2014, 2015, 2017) LiveLocalKW showed me the absolute beauty that is belonging to a community and that’s not at all what I’m saying goodbye to. But…


The first time I learned to code I was 10 years old and Neopets was the most popular thing at my school. In pursuit of the nicest Neopets store, I learned HTML. Flash forward 16 years and here I am learning to code again. When I first told friends and family that I wanted to change my career, the folks who knew how to code reassured me that I could learn in three months if I really dedicated myself to it. If you’re learning to code, you might be able to relate to my dream: study my ass off and…


For the past few months I’ve been writing about my coding projects as a way to blend my old love (writing) with my new one (programming) and show off some of my skills.

In the past I’ve written about recreating a pixel-perfect and fully functional copy of a web page template and a wild (subjective, of course) internet adventure with a Single Page Application. This time I wanted to tell you about this Gist Finder that I made using the GitHub API. Here we go!

Here’s the live version and here’s the repo

A gif of the application in use

The Project

The aim is to build an application…


I can’t say it enough: if you’re learning web development you need to build things! Without a doubt, I’ve picked up great ideas reading and researching. However, it’s when I’m challenged with difficult concepts within projects that I learn a lot and then I don’t easily forget the solution. So I’ve been building!

In my previous blog post, I walked you through how I made a responsive web page and what I learned doing it. Following that, I started thinking of what I could do next when the idea of an internet adventure was born. I knew that I wanted…


One of the hardest things of learning to code as a self-taught developer is the near constant doubt of the curriculum you have to build for yourself. This is unavoidable despite the various articles that detail someone else’s personal curriculum and that’s because being a self-taught developer is highly personalized to how you learn. So if you’re like me, you’ve probably spent a good chunk of your time researching learning methods and plotting then re-plotting your curriculum. Finally, when I was looking for fun projects to do to practice my skills, I stumbled across this article with five projects for…

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