I decided to retire the old blog and start fresh for 2022. For one, it was built on the security nightmare that is Wordpress, but it was starting to feel a bit dated which gave me a reason to work with something I haven't before, in this case Gatsby.
I got my start in web development as a kid, building GeoCities web sites for people outside of school and to promote my future music career. Well, the music career didn't happen and I'm probably aging myself with that GeoCities reference, but it was the beginning of a future in web programming.
After college I went on to start a web site design and development agency, where I soon found a passion for creating single page web applications, which at the time was really only possible with the Adobe Flash Platform, specifically the Flex framework.
I was simultaneously doing project management and full-stack work with PHP/Laravel and Angular and feeling stuck and over-worked when I discovered React. I had reconnected with a past client that I had done advanced ActionScript and some Android development for. Understanding that I had no experience with React whatsoever, he offered to pay me to learn React and build a proof-of-concept SPA of their app that ran on Adobe AIR (pretty much defunct by this time) and Android native that he could then bring to the board of directors for further funding approval. The pay was terrible, but I didn't care. The long-term value of once again building high-performance single page web apps was so enticing that I left the work I was doing in favor of development with React.
I believe that React is arguably the most evolutionary technology for web development in the last decade and the ever-evolving React ecosystem keeps me excited and motivated to write about the things I learn each and every day.