Taking on Projects

Life is funny.

I was very sick all winter. I started losing a bit of weight last October then dropping rapidly in December. Each time I looked at the scale 1-2 lbs was gone. I was so tired, sleeping all the time. Christmas break doesn’t exist in my memory. I was drinking over a gallon of water per day and barely functional by the end of February. As you know if you’ve seen my recent posts, I have diabetes. Not a surprise to anyone who is remotely familiar with the symptoms.

Being out of commission for over 3 months I missed some things that happened on the farm. The biggest problem was the water main leak which has me facing a huge bill. Combine that with some new medical supplies in the thousands and I’m feeling pretty desperate.

So last week I reached out to my friends and told them I’d be interested in projects; anything I can do to provide value and earn some additional funds. They put it out to their network and I’ve had some great responses. Any of these options would be fantastic projects to work on with developers I’m excited to collaborate with.

I feel much gratitude this morning. Without these hardships I wouldn’t be in a position where I’m exploring some neat opportunities.

Welcome. This is my own personal sprint retrospective. I use the scrum questions to reflect on my week and make notes as a developer journal entry. It is one form of working in public.

What worked well?

Strength Training. I did solid workouts on Monday and Wednesday at lunch break. Calisthenics. Friday I missed because I had to run an errand downtown but I forgive myself. Saturday was a full day of stump ripping and ditch digging to do the water main repair. I more than made up for the missed workout.

Getting over shyness. This is a genuine struggle for me. Putting anything out in public is like pulling my own teeth. But I believe you have to be your own media company to make any real career progression these days. You have to show the world what you know. To this end I’m creating a presence on a few more tech communities.

What could be improved?

Mornings. I need to face facts. My mornings have changed. I need more time to check blood glucose, etc.

Reading Books. When you’re an introvert learning is a form of hiding. I need to do more sharing and less learning. However, some reading and learning is good.

What will I commit to doing in the next sprint?

Mornings. Prepare my breakfast the night before. Get up 10 minutes earlier at 06.20.

New blog template. The template for my personal site drives me nuts. I don’t like the way the text runs all the way from one side of the screen to the other. I need to find something that better reflects me.

Personal Brand Development. Who am I? Who am I not? What do I share? What don’t I share? I’ve never really thought through this.

Rewrite ‘About Me’. I’m growing from a developer who just wants to share a few things professionally to someone who is taking on projects. the writing on my personal site needs to reflect this.

Consolidate/Standardize Online Profiles. I need to decide where I am going to exist online then do better at maintaining my presence.
1st tier: (handle glenmccallumcan, small profile pic, larger action pic, short bio, long bio):
– LinkedIn
– Twitter
– github
– dev.to (I’m considering this one)

2nd tier (same handle. no profile pic or bio.):
– respond to comments only. no posting.
– reddit
– StackOverflow
– Hackernews

Article on ‘Docker Files for a React Client with a .Net API’. This one is just dying to come out of me.

Read Books. Test-driven laravel by Adam Wathan. Testing Javacript by Kent Dodds. I’ve heard good things about both of these. I want to read them and see what I can apply to c#. I realize this contradicts what I said above about using learning as a form of hiding but I believe some learning is necessary.

Leave Comments. If I read an article anywhere on the web I will leave a comment.