Worklog 061918

Started my new job at Trinity Apparel today as a Junior Frontend Engineer. I’ve been looking to get back into the habit of writing, so I’ve decided to share “worklogs” so I can keep up with my progress over time and have something to look back on next time Imposter Syndrome™️ inevitably sets in.

Not much went on today other than typical “drink from the fire hydrant” learning as well as a 1 on 1 with my boss and a Sprint Meeting. My big task over the next couple of weeks is to learn more about Webpack (and other build tools) and see how we may be able to use modern tooling (so I can write in ES Next syntax) but still be able to build my React components and inject them into an existing PHP monolith without touching the production build process at all.

It sounds super abstract, and I may not even be describing the problem in nearly the amount of detail I need to, and that’s partly because I haven’t wrapped my head around the full scope of the problem. I’m writing this anyway primarily because I want to re-establish my habit of writing that I’ve lost over the past year.

Will share more as I learn more, but in the meantime, if you have experience integrating React into a specific part of a [mostly] server-rendered PHP monolith, I’d love to hear your thoughts or read any links you’d like to share.


Where’d my site go?

If you’ve been to my site in the past 18 months, you’ve probably seen this:

And that’s great and all, but I’m ready to move on. I’ve been working on a lot of things in the past 18 months, such as DevLifts, Gun Noob, HODL Daily, rafl, and more. I want my site to reflect my latest projects and interests.

Plus, I’d really like to nerd out on this next iteration so I can learn new things. And since I’m currently job searching at the time of this post, I figured there wasn’t a better way to demonstrate skills than going full nerd on my own site.

I get a ton of questions about headless WordPress, so those of you who have been following my posts about that will be happy to know that I’ll be blogging about everything as I progress on revamping my site.

I’ve spun up this WordPress site and am just using the default Twenty Seventeen theme since I don’t have a design yet. I wanted to go ahead and begin posting about each decision, so I decided to go ahead and trash my old site and spin this one up.

I have a meeting with my designer tomorrow to start making headway on that front. Today, I’m working on some of the information architecture as well as my tech stack and architecture.

In the meantime, if you are interested in working together, please email me.

Here’s what I’m currently considering:


Currently on WP Engine, but considering spinning up a Digital Ocean droplet just to have fine grained control over everything since I’m going with a decoupled architecture.


WordPress API with GraphQL. I’d also like to spin up a Node server for server side rendering, which I haven’t learned yet.


React with Redux. Or maybe Next.js?


I’d like to have some sort of CI/CD, just to learn. I’m looking at maybe using CodeShip. What would you recommend?

After all that, I may also go ahead and create a React Native app to manage my content and such, just for kicks.

Open to recommendations!

If you at any time have a question or want to reach out, I’m pretty active on Twitter and LinkedIn!


P.S. If you’re looking for some specific content of mine from my old site, here’s a few links: