Everyone Has a Story
I’m not quite finished writing mine yet, but I can give you a sneak peek before the memoirs are published.
Sometime back in the dark ages of the B.I. years (Before Internet), I learned to program in Basic on an Apple IIe and an Atari 800XL. (That should date me for the die-hard nerds out there.) I enjoyed creating simple programs, and picked up quickly on programming constructs. Despite my family’s encouragement later on, I didn’t want to study Computer Science in college. I told them I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer screen all day.
Instead of Computer Science, I studied Communications in college. I enjoyed writing, radio, video, public speaking. You know…anything media-related in the days before the Internet. Although I had planned to work as a press secretary or speechwriter for a politician (what was I thinking?), economic factors pushed me into something more practical: sales. I worked in sales and management for about ten years. I did well, but only felt any satisfaction when a consultative style of sale prevailed over the “hard sell.” I’m just not the type of person to lean too hard on someone for a purchase.
I broke out of sales and made a connection back to my university studies in 2000, when I became a technical writer for a Fortune 500 company. During that time, I adapted my programming skills to this new thing called the Web. When my department head found out I could code, I began splitting my time between writing user manuals and writing code for the documentation portion of the company website.
From there, I dove head-first into full-stack web development and IT operations at a start-up. We built and supported high-profile college and high school sports sites. I learned linux and database admin skills in a trial-by-fire atmosphere, babysitting servers for Friday night football and making quick patches during March Madness.
Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. I’ve worked as a full-stack web developer and devops engineer. I’ve worked on and supported sites ranging from that Fortune 500 company, state and local governments, a few mom-and-pop storefronts, and lots of high-visibility sites in between.
Now I spend nearly all my time in front of a computer screen…and I love it.
(Profile pic caption…) As you can read about over there on the left, I’m not your ordinary Web developer. I didn’t come out of a Computer Science program to start building applications. Instead, I earned some real-world business experience first. That’s what helps me see things not just from the development viewpoint. I also understand business needs, and how the two can blend together. It’s that blend, that meeting of left brain and right, that can create a positive website experience for your end user and at the same time, drive your objectives.
What’s your story?
Are you telling your story online? The story of your brand? Or maybe you’re an agency helping to tell the story of a brand. Whatever story you’re telling, I can help develop your online strategy to get your message to your target audience. Get in touch with me today and let’s discuss how I can be of help.