Tag: Inspiration

User Onboarding

This is a killer idea. User Onboarding is: A frequently-updated compendium of web app first-run experiences You can sift through a number of onboarding experiences with some commentary which can act as both education and inspiration material. I think there’s a lot of value in the onboarding experience, that is to say a customer’s first […]

Posted: August 15, 2014

Programming Sucks

This article has rightfully been making the rounds for the past few days, but I want to call out the reality of it. Yes it’s mostly hyperbolic but it’s awesome. Have you ever sat back for a minute to think about what you’re doing? Typing these words in specific ways that eventually translate into other […]

Posted: May 01, 2014

The Importance of Mentors: How a High School Student Became a Professional WordPress Developer

Stories like this make me wicked happy, then a bit depressed, and then a bit hopeful. Whether your focus is on design or development, it’s always a bit unnerving to see absolutely killer work and then realize it was put together by someone seemingly so much younger than yourself. Not that age should be any […]

Posted: March 16, 2014

Do Things that Don’t Scale

I really like this piece, it’s a longer read but Paul Graham is worth reading in my opinion. The general idea he talks about really outlines a number of factors that usually scare people about starting things. While he’s speaking specifically to startups, we can really extrapolate those feelings onto just about anything, even personal […]

Posted: November 13, 2013

Fight impostor syndrome

Great piece to read early in the morning. I constantly wrestle with self-imposed impostor syndrome, but I don’t see that as a bad thing the majority of the time (for myself). I think Brian hits it on the head as he closes with: So quit struggling with impostor syndrome and be confident in your own […]

Posted: November 08, 2013

Different Measures of Success

Success is a really funny thing. I like to tell myself that I’ve overcome the ingrained desire to be glowingly referenced by those around me in great quantities, but that’s a lie. Why care about how we measure success? Because seeing others have success in attention can cause us to question our own approaches and […]

Posted: October 15, 2013

Why you would want to program at fifty (or any other age)

I love this piece! I was asked recently in an interview whether I pictured myself doing what I’m doing now in 5, 10, 20 years. I’ve been asked that question before but for some reason it really hit home with me this time. We’re told all our lives that we need to plan for the […]

Posted: May 23, 2013

Permission to Suck

I’m glad to have read this article this morning as I just got done listening to an episode of Quit! that speaks to this topic exactly. Garrett Dimon was the special guest and he outlined an awesome quote (I can’t recall the author and the link isn’t in the show notes) that outlines the fact […]

Posted: May 23, 2013

Why you should take your 20s seriously

This is awesome advice for younger readers out there, but if I’m honest I think if I read it my senior year in college my naivety would have had me pass it off. I’m in my last hoorah of my 20s at 29 and I think back over the past decade and can’t help but […]

Posted: May 23, 2013

I Don’t Have Time

We’ve heard the story time and time again, that accomplishment can happen in small, repetitive chunks. I’m linking to this piece as a reminder to you. If you’ve got something you’ve been itching to work on but told yourself you simply don’t have time, I’m asking you to perform an experiment for me: For the […]

Posted: May 23, 2013