I’ll be talking just after afternoon tea about a topic that has been on my mind since 2010, that of the common perception of the freelancer, specifically when it comes to developers.
A freelancer or freelance worker is defined as a person who is self-employed and is not necessarily committed to a particular employer long-term. Since becoming a freelance developer in 2010 I’ve discovered that there is a stigma attached to the word. I don’t know if it is developer specific, but every time I meet or take on a new client the fact that I am ‘freelance’ tends to inspire visions of horror, usually of poor deliverables, bad client support and just a general lack of responsibility. In my talk, I would like to unpack this problem and provide some solutions to it.
Here are the slides for this talk.
This coming weekend I will be taking part in the 24 hour roll-a-thon at Gracie Jiu Jitu Cape Town, raising funds for cancer sufferers/survivors and a local hospice. If I’m honest though, the main reason I am doing this is my jiu jitsu buddy, Juan Poerstamper.
Juan has been dealing with Cancer since around 2012. He’s had a rough time of it over the past five years, finally being declared clear (again) earlier this year.
What amazes me about him is how friendly and positive he has been through this all. He is an amazing young man and I am happy to do anything to assist him.
In part, the roll-a-thon this weekend is raising funds to help him pay for his increasing medical expenses. As I am fortunate enough to have a slightly international reach, I would ask that anyone who follows my blog please consider donating, even $5, towards this cause.
When you make the donation, please ensure to add your name so that I can make sure to credit you in the follow up post on Monday.
I’m attempting my first shot at contributing to WordPress core with ticket that was opened 8 years ago!
I feel like it’s small enough that I can get something done by the time the next release rolls around but useful enough that it will make peoples lives easier.
Feel free to follow the ticket to see how it pans out.
In other news, using Gutenberg today was a bit of a pain. Because I use Jetpack’s publicise functionality to share my content socially and Jetpack does not yet support Gutenberg (for obvious reasons) I have to write up the post in Gutenberg but not publish it and then edit the Post in the usual way and publish it. Today this lead to me loosing all my content and merely switching to the regular post editor. Fun times.