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Practical Developer Tips for Digital Accessibility Advocacy

Digital accessibility advocacy tips from a web developer’s perspective, all focusing on building accessibility support into our daily work.

Why Budgets are so Important for Software Development  Projects

Using a real estate analogy, I share why budget is a critical question that should be considered carefully when starting a new software dev project.

Fighting Back Against Toxic Productivity

I have a sometimes unhealthy obsession with my todo list, here I share some intentional self awareness strategies I use to periodically recalibrate

One of a Kind Business Cards

I wanted memorable and personal business cards to share. Here’s my process towards a unique experience that encourages further engagement.

Going Independent – Two Months In

The last freelance journey post, covering the past few weeks of progress including open source contributions, site updates, and a new project!

Going Independent – Week Four & Five Check in

Weeks four and five freelance journey check in, touches on a contract opportunity I chose not to pursue, how I’m getting more organized, and other progress & plans.

Going Independent – Week Three Check in

Week three check in on my freelance web developer journey. Some more networking, my first big proposal rejection, and some coding progress for an 11ty style guide generator.

I Want To Be Known For… – Freelance Introspection

This is a follow up post from the “Ideal Client and Project”, continuing my introspective journey as I iterate on my various online presences that I’d roughly call my “personal brand”.

Going Independent – Week Two Check in

Week two check in on my journey towards going independent. Setting up more operations, networking for freelance web development projects, and took a couple days off.

The Ideal Client and Project – Freelance Introspection

There’s a surprising amount of introspection required when you decide to go freelance. One is to figure out “the ideal” client and project. Here’s my process so far.

Going Independent – Week One Check in

A week since I shared I’m going freelance, which was a week after being laid off. Keeping that weekly cadence for a bit as I continue to figure things out.

Steve Woodson – Independent Web Development Consultant

I’m manifesting a decade old dream and moving towards independent web development consulting. Here’s some reflection of the past week, and how I came to choose this exciting next adventure.

Intentional Attention – My Organization Strategy for Interesting Reads

With an ever growing list of interesting content and limited time to read it all, this is how I’ve been more intentional about how I organize and parse.

How I Hacked My Brain to Let Myself Relax in the Evenings

A successful productivity experiment that has reduced my anxiety and lets me give myself permission to relax in the evenings.

Email Newsletters – My Emotional Response Spectrum and Organization Strategy

How I personally categorize newsletters, how that categorization has influenced how they’re organized, and how much attention they get as a result.

Getting Started in Technical Leadership

I get asked “how do I get started in technical leadership” enough that I decided to share a bit of what has helped me grow over the years.

Thought Experiment – Greatest Superpower and Biggest Weakness

Reflections on my strengths and weaknesses both professionally and personally, with an action plan to leverage the strengths and improve on the weaknesses.

IAAP CPACC Exam Preparation and Reflection

Some notes on how I prepared for the CPACC Certification exam and reflecting on the exam itself.

Implementing Dark Mode

Details of how I implemented dark mode on Be Inclusive, including some issues I encountered along the way.

Soft Skills: Productivity and Goal Setting

It’s easier to set well-defined, achievable goals when you base them on long-term, general goals. A personal mission statement and thinking in terms of roles can help.

Soft Skills: Improving Your Emotional Intelligence

The term “Soft Skills” covers a broad spectrum of topics in interpersonal, communication, leadership, and personal skills. These are arguably the most important skills for your career, but by definition, they are also difficult to measure.

Managing Multi-Tenant Component Styles

Tracing the path we took to accomplish a unique, cohesive design system for multiple sites within a single Content Management System (CMS) platform installation.

Avoiding Career Stagnation

As a web developer the potential for career stagnation – feeling stuck, idle, and lacking progression – is higher than average. With technology constantly being improved and reinvented it’s amazingly easy to find yourself falling behind. I’ve felt this way several times over the years, to the point where I’ve started to also notice what […]

Recharge & Release

I find that I go through productivity phases, generally the two I am most cognizant of are what I can loosely refer to as recharge and release. When recharging I feel I read a lot more than usual. I catch up on a backlog of articles I flagged, dig into books I had been meaning […]

No Shame In Looking It Up

Web developers are tasked with remembering several different programming languages in order to effectively get the job done. HTML, CSS, & Javascript are the big three of course, but there are others such as Coffeescript, SCSS, XML that help workflow and facilitate tasks. Backend devs also commonly need to know scripting languages (e.g. PHP, Ruby […]