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Moving On from DigitalOcean Published March 15, 2022

A look back on my time at DigitalOcean as I close the books on nearly six years at this great company.


My 2022 RPM Challenge results Published February 27, 2022

This February, I did the RPM Challenge, a global event where musicians have the month of Febrary to record and release music. Like last year, I was able to choose to do a single song, an EP of 5 songs, or a full-length album. My goal was to do the 5-song EP, but February turned out to be a lot busier than I’d expected. I did complete one song, and I’m very happy with how it turned out.


Deploy Lounge Performance Published December 19, 2021

I performed my own music on DigitalOcean’s live stream as part of the Deploy conference.


International Books Published September 23, 2021

A look at the changes that happen when my books are translated into other languages.


Getting Good Published April 28, 2021

So you want to get good at something in a creative field like music, writing, or even coding? Folks might tell you that you need thousands of hours of study. But that’s not necessarily true. The key to getting good at something is to do it over and over while incorporating feedback along the way. Think of the one thing you’re amazing at. How long did it take you to get to your level of skill?


2021 RPM Challenge Completed Published February 28, 2021

Every February, I participate in the RPM Challenge, a global event where musicians have the month of Febrary to write, record, and release music. This year you could choose to do a single, an EP, or a full album. I’ve completed a five song EP called “Spark”, and you can listen to it on Soundcloud. I’ve been participating in this challenge since 2011. You can find my other entries on the music page.


PragProg 2020 Book Sale Published November 24, 2020

This week Pragprog.com is having their 40% off ebook sale. Use code turkeysale2020 to get your discount at checkout. This post will be all about some books you should buy for yourself or that nerd in your life. First, let’s get the shameless plugs out of the way. This year I wrote a book on making static web sites with Hugo which gets rave reviews. Build Websites With Hugo. I have a great book on using command line tools on mac, Linux, and WSL called Small, Sharp Software Tools.


Four Years at DigitalOcean Published June 20, 2020

Today marks my four year anniversary at DigitalOcean, working on the Community tutorials and the Write for DOnations program. It’s been a ridiculous four years. I started out in 2016 as a technical editor, working with external authors to create tutorials that walk readers through installing software. It was the perfect opportunity to blend my teaching experience, systems experience, and editorial experience. I would work with the author on the topic and outline, review drafts, and ensure that the article worked as written by testing out every step.