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Got published on!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Yes I am freakin’ excited. Please check out my article at, called ‘The Real World Development vs The Optimum Way‘ and let me know what you think! There or here, I don’t care!

Oh ya, and I hit 200 subscribers!

Blogging…all in a night’s work!

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
Blogging…all in a night’s work!

It’s not just publish and you’re done

Tonight I thought I would take you through what it actually takes to blog. I mean the day to day crap. If you think it’s just write a post, publish and done, then you are seriously mistaken. There is a ton of other things involved that go on to keep a blog going. I’m proud of what I have accomplished so far, but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes here at The Web Machine, and I’m sure almost any other blog that has effort behind it. Besides the writing, there is the constant tinkering, rearranging, testing, security, moderating…the list goes on and on.

So if you are thinking about starting your own web development blog, read on, and then see if you are up to it.


My journey so far in writing a web development blog – tips for newbies

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

What is your reason for starting one?

I started this blog, at least seriously, back in January of this year. Yes, I wrote posts before that, but I was in the middle of redesigning my site, then designing this one, and who knows what else came up. Really though, it all began at the beginning of this year. If you are thinking of starting one of your own, let me tell you first hand, it is hard as hell. The best piece of advice I can give you is, you better have a reason that is important to you, because if you don’t, you will lose interest and the amount of posts you are doing dwindles to nothing.

So what is mine? Glad you asked, or this post would go nowhere. I am a senior web developer where I am employed, and I usually have to do a lot of helping with others that are not as advanced in web development yet. A while back we decided to have a sort of CSS class, where the the senior web devs showed the others how to do basic things, why things acted the way they did in certain browsers, and just basically build a page from scratch. One of the guys I was teaching, was at a lower level than normal, but he was extremely willing to learn, which made me want to show him more. He seemed truly interested in what I had to show. It was then that I realized I really like teaching people things and helping them through the problems they are having in development. What is even more awesome, is I am not the only one who noticed that this particular person got a lot better at what he was doing. I feel a certain kind of pride in that.

That was when I really started writing seriously here at what I call The Web Machine. I started out in print design, and made my way into development because I was getting burned out in print. Everything I have learned is because I read a LOT, have done and still do an insane amount of tutorials, and push my self to learn as much as I can. Every freakin’ day. Why is that little bit important? Because I didn’t have anyone telling me or pointing out how to do things. I had to learn it alone, and by doing it this way, I found out how to do things the right way…the very hard way. It is all of the crap that I had to do, that I want others to see and learn from quickly. A passing along knowledge that was gained through a lot of hard work and sweat. To me, that is the fun in it. The bonus is, I have learned so much more because I blog about it, which adds a second piece to my motivation in doing so.

What is YOUR reason?