Developer friendly hosting

And the winner is… A2 Hosting! (I thought I’d go all Tarrentino on you and start with the ending)

I have been looking for a new developer friendly hosting provider for my portfolio website. I wanted a high-quality provider that was professional, offered a lot of technologies, and was reasonably priced.

The list I came up with after searching and seeking out recommendations was:

Here’s my quick breakdown:

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Seeing the forest from the trees

It’s been a long 5 years. A lot of work went into creating those chapters in my life, and sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the weeds. You forget to look up and see how much progress has been made. I was thinking about that today and I’m really proud of where I’ve come from and where I’m heading. It certainly wasn’t easy… buying and selling several houses, divorce, creating a life with a new set of family and friends, transitioning from one job to another… all while trying to keep a smile on. And you know what? I did a damn good job. AND I’m thankful for each one of those experiences. They were significant milestones that will have a major influence on where I’m heading. I’m really excited about what lies ahead…

Professional development

As I think about how to take my work to the next level, the following areas come to mind for learning opportunities:

  • Resurrecting (as a portfolio)
  • Mobile app development
  • Getting some new languages/frameworks under my belt: Ruby, Ruby on Rails, javacript variants like node and backbone
  • Server side knowledge like more efficient automation of deployments
  • Some fun “bells and whistles” HTML5 exercises
  • Other geekery

The weird thing is this is super fun to me. I’m excited!

Let the new learning begin! (because as any IT professional knows, the learning never ends)

Dilbert - Prioritization


Life is one big exercise in prioritization… portfolio managment (your life), project management (your goals), task management (the steps to get there). Be it professional or personal development. We have finite resources to work, so how will you manage your personal trifecta of constraints (time, scope, quality)?

For me it was shifting my primary focus to health and personal happiness a few years ago. I’ve been enjoying the fruits of that labor, which leads me to think about what’s next. These days I’m feeling like it’s time to take my professional work to the next level. The great thing about working in the digital age there’s always new paths you can take.

A reason, a season, a lifetime

…is one of those mantras I’ve lived my life by. People come into your life for all kinds of reasons, sometimes short, sometimes for something more significant, and sometimes they share the entire path. I was reminded of this today as I was putting the final touches on selling my home; A major life event that brought back memories, related and non.

As I embark on the next big thing, I find keeping these words close helpful. It puts perspective on things, and makes letting go (often the necessary step to move forward) a little easier.