What I learned From Creating My Website

In case you haven’t heard, I just published my website. You should go check it out at ryanmhoffman.github.io. I built it for my freelancing business I started up on the side, but I added in some other features, most notably a blog. I am still fairly new to blogging; I just recently started writing on Medium, so to create my own blogging website was a bit of an odd decision. But I felt that I need to be writing more and this would force me to do that.

The purpose of that blog is going to be to focus on tech related topics. I mainly develop Android apps, so I plan to write about that quite a bit. I’ll also have content about iOS, linux, web development, and software development in general. If any of that interests you please head over and check it out. I plan to post new content weekly.

Anyways, the title of this post is about what I learned, so I suppose I’ll get to that now. Let me just say that I learned a lot. I think the most important thing was the importance of taking action. I had planned on making a portfolio website for several months now, and I had even started building it… a couple different times. But I just recently gave myself a deadline to force myself to do it. And guess what, I beat it. By a week. Boom!

A big reason I finished it so quickly was because I decided to use hugo, a static site generator instead of hand coding from scratch. That turned out to be the best decision I could have made, and if you have any web development plans in the future I encourage you to check it out. It was very easy to learn and fun to use, and it would be the perfect tool if you want to start your own blog. There are tons of themes and if you can’t find one you like, create your own!

And finally, I chose to host with github pages. They make it quick and easy and for a small site like mine it is lightning fast. Down the road as my traffic picks up I may consider something else, but for now, it’s perfect.

For a more detailed review of the process check out my blog here. Man that was cool, linking to my own site! :)