A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Hacktoberfest

Hacktoberfest is a tradition in the open source community or at least that is what I have been led to believe.

Every October, programmers and developers from around the world spend the month collaborating on open-source projects. In return, Digital Ocean and GitHub reward them with a free t-shirt.

As soon as I heard about Hacktoberfest I wanted in but there were two problems.

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WordCamp Las Vegas: My First WordCamp

I was lucky enough to have a WordCamp in my hometown last weekend. As someone new to WordPress and blogging, I jumped at the opportunity to attend.

For those who may not know, a WordCamp is basically a WordPress convention. The WordCamp I attended was in Las Vegas and it was a two-day event.

I had a great time and I learned a lot. Since so many people use WordPress and since there are WordCamps all over the world, I thought I would take a few minutes to share my experience.

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Week 4: #100DaysOfCode

I can’t believe it has been a month since I decided to teach myself programming. There are times that I feel like I have learned so much and times I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface.

The biggest lesson I have learned is the importance of focus. There is so much to learn and so many different ways to learn it that it is easy to get off track.

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Review: Simple Programmer’s Create a Blog Course

I am sure that many of you have heard of John Sonmez. You might be familiar with his many YouTube videos or maybe you have visited his Simple Programmer website. I just recently became aware of him, but that is understandable considering I am new to this whole programming thing.

I first heard about him when he was mentioned in a forum post on freeCodeCamp. The original poster was a fan and other people commented that they liked his work at Simple Programmer as well. They specifically mentioned his book, The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide, so I looked it up on Amazon. The reviews were great and the title certainly sounded like something that would appeal to a new programmer like myself so I added it to my wish list.

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Week 3: All About That Blog

If Week 2 was a crash course in WordPress then Week 3 was spent at the repair shop fixing my fancy new car (and by car I mean blog).

Getting a WordPress site off the ground is quick and easy, but the work doesn’t stop there. There are settings to change, plug-ins to install, widgets to add, SEO to optimize, themes to customize, forms to add, and security to put in place. And that is only part of the list.

I spent a good portion of the week working on these types of behind the scenes improvements to my blog. That meant I also spent a lot of time learning what to do and how to do it.

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The Pomodoro Technique

I am not usually a big fan of systems, or “life hacks” as some call them, that claim to dramatically increase things like your productivity, your ability to learn, or your happiness seemingly overnight. That said, I did come across something this week that I wanted to share. It is called the Pomodoro Technique.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method created by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s. It is named for the small tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Mr. Cirillo used as a student.

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