This is my formal bio:
I’m a web developer and producer from Worcester, MA.
For the past 12 years, I’ve been working in higher education. I have managed the primary websites and social media; produced content; built blogs and mini-sites; and mentored students, staff and faculty in the use of web technology.
I began building websites in 1996 and have worked for companies such as WBZ-TV/CBS, (Worcester) Telegram & Gazette/The New York Times Company, Hanover Insurance, and The MathWorks. I studied graphic design and business communications at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. In my spare time I enjoy film, music, reading, and photography.
I love music and reading. I’m a huge fan of films. My favorite types of film are Foreign or Independent, Sci-Fi, and Horror. I love animals . My bearded dragons and cats are family.
Profile questions, answered:
Tell us about you and how you got started
I started building websites in 1996 and taught myself to code. Around that time, I started studying Graphic Design and Business Communications at Assumption College. I was going as a Continuing Education student at night while being a mom to 2 young children and working full time during the day at Paul Revere Insurance (remember them, Worcester friends?).
I got my first job in the industry in 2000. At that time I was a multimedia developer / web designer (anyone remember Flash? I did a lot of that). These days I specialize in WordPress but use a variety of tools and technologies. I’m still working as a web developer and doing a lot of side projects and personal projects (like this one and turtleboybrew.com)
What are your favorite resources:
For web industry stuff – I love the friends and connections I’ve made on Twitter. I also belong to several Discord communities and Slack channels.
For not-web-industry/Worcester resources, I love Nuance Networking/Ladies Night Out and the amazing community of badass Worcester people I’ve gotten to know and love.
Any advice for others that are trying to start out:
Also – don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.