RAMBLINGS
OF A FREELANCE
DEVELOPER

A bit of code,
A bit of business,
A lot of words.

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Freelancing Rates – Six Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost six years since I first decided to strike out on my own! Since then, I’ve learned a lot about running a business through trial and error. Hourly vs Fixed Rates One of the first lessons I learned quick, was how to charge for projects. When I first started freelancing, I charged an...

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Responsive Design Isn't Breakpoints

Last night I was watching the Macaw video to see what others have been talking about. If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m not a fan of anything that supposedly does your job for you, so I admittedly watched the video with a high degree of skepticism. This isn’t a post about Macaw or design to code apps,...

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2013 Nashville Designathon

This past weekend I participated in the 2013 Nashville Designathon. Held for the third year in a row (and my first 24-hour event), I had a blast. The designathon is a 24-hour group of professionals including designers, developers, marketers, videographers, and other experts that get together in order to overhaul a charity organization’s brand presence. This year we focused on the...

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Just Plain Ol' Code

There was once upon a time when being a front-end developer was considered easy. In fact, there once were no designations on the web. When you made websites, you did everything from the design to the code. There were no CMS’s, no fancy Javascript, heck there wasn’t even much CSS. You designed something in Paint Shop Pro and exported it...

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Quick Sticky Headers with jQuery

I had to write a quick little script for sticking my header to the top of the viewport after the user scrolled past it in the document. It was originally about 200px down the document, and then as soon as it hit the top of the viewport, it sticks permanently. It’s quite an easy thing to do: $(window).scroll(function() { var...

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Learning Ruby on Rails with CodeSchool

For the past month, I’ve been taking some courses with CodeSchool to learn both regular Ruby and Ruby on Rails. It seems today it’s the cool language to learn, and I keep hearing from everyone how awesome it is, so I thought I’d take a stab at it. Today I just finished the Rails for Zombies 2 course and started...

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Getting Into the Nitty-Gritty of the WordPress Customizer

One of WordPress 3.4’s best new features is the Customizer which allows you to create a place where the theme itself can be updated or modified. The Customizer, also called a theme options panel, is an area in the admin with a list of sections and options to the left in a panel, and a preview of the theme’s homepage...

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The Danger of Working With Other Freelancers

Today I’m up at 5:30 after only getting four hours of sleep, because I’m dealing with a complete website meltdown. Yay fun, right? The difficult part of it though, is that I didn’t code this site. Instead I had hired another developer to help me out because the site required a ton of backend work that was above my head....

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A Developer's Workflow

There’s been a lot of chatter on Twitter lately about workflows – I love seeing how everyone works and am amazed at how we all do the same thing, but in a million different ways. I enjoy making small evolutions of workflow to increase time, but I admit I’m also not the best when it comes to trying out radically...

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So This Has Been Happening Lately…

Some of you might have noticed that I’ve been pretty quiet on the social rounds in the past month or so (or most likely no one noticed, but hey). Lots of things not so great have been going down. I originally was growing tired of Twitter and the bullying and complaining and general not-so-niceness that our industry has flaunted about...

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