I don’t know yet. I’m still taking it for a spin.
I never blogged much before, but I post on Twitter quite a bit. Most of it is code-related jokes or when I get seriously frustrated with my surroundings and/or situation.
“What the motivation” for my first site blog post after years of working in the web industry comes down to is this:
I don’t know if it is related to people not working together in offices or too much “management by meeting”, but it seems that the excitement of creating code and design is no longer part of the build process of development teams.
I see jobs labeled “Product” and “UX”, which used to be my go-to role if a project appeared to be too “technically advanced” or needed many more years of “historical knowledge” of a particular code base.
I’ve worked with Node Js, SharePoint, other CMS platforms, and a number of front-end frameworks, and it seems that the ramp up time for corporate productivity versus small to medium size business needs can be almost prohibitive to most business clients who are in the 3,000 to 25,0000+ price range for quality web design and proficiently coded work.
I’ve looked into alternative and related fields, and have found a few that seem representational of what I still enjoy doing. I find that a large percentage of code and engineering related tasks are not as applicable.
Data, logic and bot scripting is another aspect of development which I’ve looked at and applied to this website experience.
I keep having reminding myself that most of my core graphics work and training was initially in logo, brand, 3d design and marketing graphics, and those fields have taken a serious hit with sites like 99 Designs and Fiver.
Everything about that style of gig work goes against my historical knowledge and training as a graphics professional, where I traditionally get to know a client and develop a long-term productive working relationship.
Recruiters are another source of frustration, since direct communication and hourly mark-up can be prohibitive to positions that would be well-suited to my abilities, experience and interests.
Anyways, try not to take this post as my “final answer” to the problem of working online.
I’m still building out parts of the site and looking for more exciting and higher paying work. Here’s to moving my career forward in a way that makes sense … and money for .me!