I love being a freelancer.
There are some that consider it a dirty word. I don’t.
I have the opportunity to work with multiple teams on a variety of projects. It keeps the work exciting while pushing me to continually better my development, customer communication, and business management skills.
However, when it comes to development, I feel like I spend the majority of my time siloed.
Sure, I post code snippets, write blog posts, and have of open-source code and plugins. I’ve also got a few relationships with developers where we bounce around ideas as well as code.
But, I would love to have a more formalized way to grow and learn along with a group of developers.
The Experiment & Pitch
So, here’s the scoop.
I want to have a collective of WordPress & Genesis developers that will act as each other’s personal review board. We’ll start by each going through a complete website build… together.
This could be a client website. It could be a personal project that’s been on the back burner. It could even be a completely made up project just for this experiment. Whatever you decide, we’ll all just need to have our own projects to build using a custom (or customized) Genesis child theme.
The core elements to start would be:
- Have initial meeting (via Skype or Hangout) to introduce ourselves and our projects
- Have code available for review on Github (or Gitlab, bitbucket, etc.)
- Meet once a week (again via Skype or Hangout) for review, critique, and encouragement as we go through our projects
- We’ll get the opportunity to re-think why we do things the way we do
- We’ll get the opportunity to re-think how we do the things we do
- Get exposure to different processes and tools.
Been curious about switching to Sass? Been wanting to learn more about task runners such as Grunt or Gulp? Get a chance to see firsthand how people use these types of tools on a daily basis.
- Help to overcome imposter syndrome.
I believe the majority of imposter syndrome is driven by the fact that we sometimes don’t know how good or bad we are at development. We don’t know where we stand on the spectrum so we automatically fear the worst. This process should really help to better each of our skills while also building confidence.
Let’s get going!
Sound interesting to you? Well I’m pumped to meet you! Just fill out the form below and I’ll reach out to get this thing kicked off!