Freelance, Flexbox and Me – My Week in Review

Written by Ryan · 5 years ago · 3 min read

I’ve officially gone full-time freelance, and my first full week is now behind me. Working for myself is no longer on the horizon as something I hope to do in the future when the stars align – it’s my day-to-day routine. It’s my wake up and get ready to go to work downstairs weekday ritual. That’s a bit terrifying, the notion that my destiny is in my own hands. However the emotion that I’m experiencing the most of is certainly excitement.

Where to Start?

As my first order of business, I needed a place for people to see what I do, see what I’ve done, and get in touch with me. I don’t know – maybe a website?

Clamps (Futurama)

“Gee, you think? You think that maybe I should use these clamps that I use every single day at every opportunity? You’re a freaking genius, you idiot!”

For my shiny new freelance portfolio website I decided to go all-in on flexbox. For the uninitiated, flexbox is a ‘Method of positioning elements in horizontal or vertical stacks.’ Which means absolutely nothing to most people I’m sure, however this is huge for front-end website development. For a while flexbox was this feature that everyone knew would be super useful and relieve a lot of the headaches of website layout, but just didn’t have enough browser support yet to the point that it would make sense to use on a website intended for a wide audience. So again, like my freelancing aspirations, it was going to have to wait.

Well no more! I’m now a man without a king and according to caniuse.com on the day of this post, 97.05% of browser usage globally is on a browser that fully or partially supports flexbox! Truly, this was fate.

I’m decided to go super streamlined for my portfolio. I thought it was important to highlight the work I’ve done and list everything that those interested in my services might be wondering in a simple to read FAQ section. I’ll be adding to and refining both of those over the coming weeks as I start to learn what works, and what questions people typically have when employing the services I offer.

Let’s Review

Well, aside from some small jobs and random miscellany, that’s about it for my first week being freelance. In the coming weeks, I plan to explore some other things I’ve been interested in and didn’t have time for, like music production, woodworking, and writing.

Until then, have a good weekend, be excellent to each other, and I’ll write to you again next week. Your track of the week is The Equaliser (Not Alone) by The Midnight and here’s your dumb GIF of the week:

Outrun

Contact Me

I do all of my best work from my battlestation at my home in Auburn, New York, but can meet with you at your location (or a good coffee or lunch spot) to discuss working on a potential project.

I'm generally available from 9am - 5pm Monday through Friday.

ryan@ryanzbartlett.com
(585) 905-5239
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