I put together a presentation for Free Code Camp OKC on why side projects are so important, and how a single side project started from a passion of mine formed the basis of my entire career. The video is below:
Sometimes it’s good to spend some time away from the computer and do some real hands-on work. Last weekend I planned and built a swing set for my 3 kids to use and enjoy, and to encourage them to spend more time outdoors. It turned out pretty big – I used 10-foot long supports and a 16-foot long top beam this time around instead of 8-foot supports and a 12-foot beam like last time.
Future plans include a fort attached to the right side as well – perhaps in the spring :). Continue reading
This is a big milestone for my main side project. After over half a year of hard work leading up to this, the ChurchMint mobile apps are finally live. The apps are not where most of the work is, but they will most likely be the main entry point and main interaction point with the ChurchMint service for congregation members to receive push notifications, etc. Continue reading
I recently sold JSCompress.com – a website that I created, and have owned and operated since 2008. Over the years, it has gained a lot of traction and popularity, and is heavily trafficked – the most heavily and consistently trafficked website I have ever owned (about 3,500 uniques per weekday). It was a really tough decision selling the website, but in the end – it was the right time to do it.
Countism is a mobile app idea that I have been working on and thinking about for a long time. Even though I have been thinking of the idea for a while and even did some initial work, I did not plan to actually build and release the app – that was always a question that was up in air. My initial work was really just experimental to see if it was something I could build easily enough to make it worth the effort, and to see if my idea would be viable in app form.
Well, the rest of the year, anyways. Better late than never, right?
Inspired by Justin Jackson and his Build and Launch podcast, I have decided to commit to launching at least 4 new projects this year. It’s not nearly the quickening pace of Justin’s one product per week on his podcast, but I figure it’s a good starting point. Continue reading
I just re-launched SoundingBoard as a new blog to help non-technical people learn how to evaluate their app ideas.
During my time running Brightbit (a web development studio), I met with a lot of people about their app ideas. Some were bad and crazy, but most of the ideas I heard were good ideas that just lacked the critical thinking steps necessary to determine basic viability or technical feasibility. Continue reading
I released a new OpenX REST API Client that works with the newest OpenX v4 REST API. It uses Guzzle v4.x and the oauth-subscriber plugin. It is available on Packagist, uses the PSR-4 autoloader, and is properly namespaced. It took a bit of effort to put together, so I hope you enjoy using it, and I hope it saves you a lot of time.