Published Pieces

WordPress for Me, Scratch for My Family: Finding Our Open Source Playspace

WordPress powers 32% of the web and is famous for being free, open source software that users without any coding experience, as well as professional developers, can leverage to create amazing websites for themselves or their clients. It has a huge passionate community supporting it, and it is extendable and totally customizable, so your imagination is the limit. When I was preparing to teach my kids to code, I found a similar community feeling, open source energy, and creative explosion in Scratch! Here is why I love WordPress and Scratch, and why you should give Scratch a look if you have kids….

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The Art of Coding

Did you know there’s an art to coding? While there are non-negotiable rules like, “close all tags,” “use proper punctuation,” etc., when it comes to coding a design, there isn’t just one way! There are good, better, and best solutions. That’s the art! Let’s look at some examples….

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What’s a Local Development Environment?

What’s a Local Development Environment?

As you’ve started developing sites, have you come across the terms “local development environment” or “developing locally” and wondered what that means? Maybe you’ve been testing code on your live site, something didn’t work as expected, and in forums you’ve seen it suggested that local development is the way to go next time. Maybe you’ve heard of web companies getting into the local development game and wondered what all the buzz is about. Well, lucky for you I’ve written an explainer for Skillcrush all about it….

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A Day in the Freelance Life: Busy Parent Edition

A Day in the Freelance Life: Busy Parent Edition

I’m a freelancer, a coding educator, and a busy mom of two young girls living in the Pacific Northwest. My focus is building WordPress sites for a handful of small business clients and local organizations, when I’m not helping others learn to code or acting as a developer collaborator for other creative entrepreneurs. I love helping others, creating things by hand or digitally, and challenging myself to learn new skills. But how do I balance it? I gave Skillcrush a peak at a day in my life. You can read about it here….

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