Dear Leo, Its me, you. You and I have been on quite a journey together. We have been through it all; side-by-side. We have cried on our knees at 3am, on the shower floor, we have laughed on mountain tops, and smiled at sunrises. You and I, together, always. You have been on quite the … Continue reading An Open Letter to Myself
In the collaborative world, we are in, dev-communities can easily thrive, fail, or merely survive. The best developer and coder communities and projects often create a culture where everyone feels valued and safe both as a newcomer or veteran. Here are some core values I believe in creating and sustaining happy developer communities in the … Continue reading The happy dev community: A value-driven manifesto.
Chat with Us This is something I have rewatched of myself speaking at WordCamp 2016 in Cape Town - mostly because I needed to listen to my own advice and reposting because I feel many should listen to this as well. This is for everyone. https://videopress.com/v/dhGqDhV5 Audio: The WordPress Community, Mental Wellness, and You. Transcript … Continue reading The WordPress Community, Mental Wellness, and You (WordCamp CT Talk)
Small businesses are the lifeblood of many economies around the world. The recent COVID-19 outbreak is having a disproportionate impact on these businesses, who lack the resources of larger organizations to stay open. Here is a list of technology companies that are helping small businesses by enabling remote work throughout this period. Book: The Top … Continue reading Companies assisting small businesses during COVID-19
Exceptional by exceptions - When Work meets heart. Prologue: Happiness is not the goal. You do not need to always be happy. Have great days all the time. But being content and fulfilled can accompany through light and through the darkness. I have had a decade long career in the WordPress, Web, and Tech world … Continue reading Life @ Codeable – You can be happy at work.
In this podcast episode on WPandUP, I have a lovely chat with Nathan Wrigley around mental health sharing a lot of my own story to help others and myself realise we are not alone. Originally posted → Helping my future self help itself – #038 https://open.spotify.com/episode/1GYgUt9cLOxxfnVLYBp6u1?si=HTqZ2SICRi6bkVtpWhPWyw
In my decade in the tech industry, I have never met a person who has experienced imposter syndrome who was terrible at their vocation. As a side-note confession, I have, many times in my career – especially during times of transition – I, too, have experienced, like most, the pangs of imposter syndrome with one's … Continue reading The bright side of imposter syndrome.
Here is a thought experiment. Imagine two clocks; both analogue. The first clock is broken. But in terms of accuracy its exactly correct twice a day. The second clock is a minute off; technically, it's the most useful one; but it's never exactly correct. But it's the one thats useful. I see coding and the … Continue reading On usefulness over accuracy in dev – the broken clock conundrum.
If I were to look back over my last decade in the tech world and pick one thing as my single best decision as a developer - I'd say choosing to study psychology rather than computer science. The most significant impact studying psychology had was on my communication skills, which, as a developer, put me … Continue reading 4 Simple Tips to Better Communication for devs. (or how to avoid conflict, confusion, and talk to people).
Contemplation of 'Why?' we learn, adhere to, and behave in certain ways has always intrigued me - one such question is: "Why do we find it necessary to be kind?" One of the many tediously bland, and reasonless, lessons we are taught by adults when we are kids is the importance of having manners, using … Continue reading On Kindness