Become a certified web developer

Me and a friend were recently discussing that he had decided he would want to start a career as a front-end developer. During our discussion it became known that one of the more famous sites for online courses Udemy.com * has a discount for a number of course. A lot of great (at least they seem so) courses have been discounted to the price of $10.

So my friend asked me what courses would be reasonable to undertake in order to gain fair knowledge about the front-end development stuff. Here’s the advice I gave him:

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Recently I was asked to answer a question in Quora. The question was something like: How to become an IT freelancer?

Not that I think I am the great professional or what not, but at least I’ve seen a course or two, trying to build my knowledge in programming and working for a few projects as a freelancer. So I felt confident enough to at least suggest my view point and some kind of sequence of steps and courses that I thought had logic.

Frankly I didn’t expect to write such a throughout and long answer but it happened naturally in some kind of way. It’s still not upvoted so I don’t know if it’s going to be very helpful for the readers of the topic, I guess we’ll see that as well. Nevertheless I think it might be of some value for some of you, so here it is the link: http://qr.ae/YvIuF

Have a nice reading and let me know if you strongly disagree with some of my points made here or there.

 

Yesterday I’ve read about a strange thing called “tweetstorming” (in Avc’s blog post for tweetstorming) which, apparently is some kind of blogging but not from your blog but from your twitter account. Except it is coming live and many more people would see it right away. But I the once it’s gone, it’s gone like… forever. I don’t thing you would get much of attention from Google later on when someone googles the topic you were “storming” about.

I support Fred Wilson about one thing – twitter obviously has no support for such thing yet (if ever). That’s why there’s a good potential for the developers to prove if it’s worth it, or not.

The reasons I think “tweetstorming” is not ok and will not become the next thing:
1) It seems like a lot of work – if you are going to publish a sequential tweets that make up one whole though, it won’t be easy for users to jump in on tweet number 10. They’ll have to read 9 to 1 to get some grasp of the whole topic and then pick up the conversations, which would probably be 10 more tweets advanced;

2) Replying to a separate tweet instead of the whole article makes it too fragmented – you won’t have a great discussion about one thing with many people. You would have many discussions, about many different things with many different people. Hard to follow, hard to involve other people in the discussion, at least in a sensible way.

3) Seems like the hell of a spam to all of your followers – I tend to Unfollow a user that makes 3+ sequential tweets in my timeline and those tweets don’t interest me. I think most of the people act like me (or at least similar to me). If you start tweetstorming about a thing that doesn’t interest most of your followers, after the third tweetstorm you engage, you’d probably be the half of your followers off.

4) Twitter was never meant for such a long topics and articles. You have 140 symbols. That’s what makes Twitter well… Twitter. If not, you would have Tumblr or whatever. It may sound a bit strong but, I thing tweetstorming is more like a fraud towards your followers. They believe you’re worth following because of the 140 symbols you use to express yourself. Not because you could write 20+ tweets to construct a rather long and senseless topic.

Anyway, I guess it’s the time (developers and users) that will show if tweetstorming has a future or not.

I recently stumbled upon an interesting account in twitter. It’s focus is usability and user interface. That was the place where I found about the following course. It’s 31 lessons about user psychology and how to make our websites more usable knowing the basic human motivations and emotions. The author of the course has a pretty funny way of expressing his concepts which makes the course light-weight and really not boring. I progressed trough all the lessons in about a week.

Looking forward for your feedback for this course as well.

UX Crash Course: User Psychology

Jeff Jarvis' What Would Google Do
What would google do book

Hey, I’ve just finished (listening) the book What Would Google Do and I must say it was great. The focus of the book was not so much Google as a company and its politics and corporate structure (as some may expect) as what are the principles and ideologies that Google preaches. As well as why such a principles are so successful in today’s world.

About the author (Jeff Jarvis)

After listening the book I became interested in Jeff‘s background and how did he got the idea of the book. Also what other ideas he got. So, naturally, I started following him at Twitter (@JeffJarvis). For anyone who is more interested in reading blogs, you could as well visit the BuzzMachine.com which I intend to follow as well.

 

What Would Google Do principles

The main principles I will take away after listening to this book are:

  1. Give people control, and they will use it;
  2. Control and trust are reciprocally correlated – the more you want to control your audience or  customers, the less they will trust you. Handle them the control and you will receive back their trust and willingness to follow you;
  3. Charge your customers as little as you can bare instead of (the regular and mainstream way) as much as the market could bare;
  4. Create a platform for collaboration and open all your information for third parties;
  5. Give your product’s core value for free and monetize on the additional value your product can provide to customers;

The rest of the principles I will left for you to discover.

After reading this one I added the other Jeff’s books to my to-read list in goodreads.

Probably the next books I am looking forward to reading (listening) are as follows:

  1. Tribes – by Seth Godin
  2. Start With Why – by Simon Sinek

I’ve just finished reading (listening actually) the EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. I would recommend it as a great motivational book. I can confirm that this book had a much more specific recommendations for growing successful business than most of the other similar books I read.

If I could put in a simple manner the things I took from this book, they would be:

  1. Start small and simple;
  2. Hiring is not frightening as long as you have the patience and perseverance to find like-minded people;
  3. Hire people that are like you;
  4. Build a team, not a crowd of workers;
  5. Treat your team members the way you would like to be treated;
  6. Delegating without control is a disaster;
  7. No victory comes fast or easy;

To say honestly, I was not a big believer in that “mission statement” thing. I often do hear the sentences: “Our mission statement is” such and such, “We have to have create a mission statement before we can be successful” and so on and so forth. I actually did not believe that such a “piece of paper with a bunch of gibberish in it” is of a significant importance to anyone. Dave Ramsey made me make up my mind. I still am not a huge believer but at least now I know what is its meaning and why it will come in handy at a certain moment.

I will recommend this book to anyone who is:

  1. A kind of entrepreneur
  2. Business owner
  3. working in a company but wants to change something for the better

As a conclusion: I became a fan of Dave’s and I will subscribe for his podcast on that topic: the EntreLeadership podcast.

I recently got back from a very short but relaxing vacation. It feels great. No need to say that I guess…

The only problem is that now I have a ton of enthusiasm and absolutely no time. I desperately want to get my hands dirty with some new projects. It’s been a while since I got a few ideas and procrastinating them because of other important stuff started to get me nervous.

I sense it’s one of those time when you shoot start making time by cutting even other important tasks and activities. Or should I implement some technique for getting less sleep?

Hey there!

Have you ever had a mentor? I did not, yet I hear from a lot of different sources that it really pumps up your motivation. As I perceive it, such a guy can and will tell you what mistakes you do along the way, because he/she did the same. And most important – will help you fix them.

Ok, so I decided to go for it and look for a mentor…
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I found a post about the benefits of writing a blog. I’ve been aware to many of the mentioned in that article but non the less I found a couple of new ones which have been eluded to me before.  That should be “you get smarter” and “writing makes you a better reader”.

Think and write your ideas and view points

Never the less I have wanted to write my own blog so I could share my ideas and interests with other people. So far, I didn’t share much of either but I hope it will get better in the near future. Maybe I’ll stick with sharing interesting articles about startups and stuff I’ve read recently.

This time I came here to share this article explaining why you should blog even if no visitors go to your page. Many people are concerned with that matter and often fail to consider the whole lot of other advantages you get when blogging about whatever.

I hope this article will get you on your feet again and convince you to start blogging. If so, write me to let me know. I’d be glad to share and talk with you about anything.

So here it is…

You should blog even if you have no readers