What is my M? My M is MAKING CONNECTIONS! It’s not unusual for web developers to be focused on making connections. Web developers make connections all the time: connecting to a new API or getting the front end to talk to the backend of the site. What is unusual for the stereotypical developer is connecting with people.
My focus on creating connections is with other human beings. A website isn’t useful unless it helps humans connect with the information they need, ideally in an experience that doesn’t make them want to tear their hair out. My role as a Digital Producer is to connect with the client and help guide them through the process of understanding their own goals and outcomes for the site, and then build a tool to help them accomplish that. It’s not always an easy process, but it can be incredibly rewarding.
How did I get into web development?
I got into web development by accident. I started developing websites at 18 years old, the summer after my senior year of high school in a friend’s garage. I was hooked by the incredible ability to put something online instantaneously and connect with anyone from anywhere across the world.
It was a pretty heady feeling and it was something I could do immediately. I didn’t have to wait for anyone else. I could just write code and put my content online for anyone to see. Not that many people did, but the process and the possibility were intoxicating.
In my senior year at UC Irvine, I got my first domain name and built my first blog on Graymatter, an early content management system. It was an incredible way for me to exercise both my coding and my design chops. Every three months or so I’d redesign the layout and write about what was going on in my life. The blog became a sandbox for me to learn how write, design and code all at the same time.
I worked through a few jobs after college, and eventually ended up at M Agency, where I get to build exciting new websites for great clients supported by an incredible team.
How do I balance being a busy dad while being a web developer?
It can be difficult, without question. However, luckily, I have flexibility to wear both hats whenever needed. One of the main reasons I became a developer was so that I could work from home and take care of my kids.
It’s not something that every parent can do, but I really love being available for my kids. It’s great to be there when they come home from school and having the flexibility to pick them up if needed. Refereeing who gets to choose the next TV show while I’m trying to write code is less than ideal, but they grow up so fast—I want to be able to spend as much time with them as I can. I wouldn’t change things for a million dollars. Okay, maybe a million dollars, but not a penny less!
What are you most excited for in 2018 with M Agency?
There’s so much to look forward to here at M Agency. Ultimately, I’m excited to have the opportunity to build great websites and deepen my relationship with the fantastic marketing team at M.