About 'the Rocky'
Okay, but who are you?
Rocky in a Nutshell
I'm a developer.
Were you looking for something else? Maybe a list of my experience?
Or maybe you want years?
In my life - I've built games, apps, websites, and tinkered in automation, integrations and bots.
So in a nutshell - I'm a developer. Oh, and I like chocolate wafers.
The past half-decade of work has been remote. Working remotely isn't about waking up and working in your pajamas.
It means working independently, being resourceful and problem-solving on my own. I had team members all over the world (across the States, in Europe and South-East Asia), which forced me to be as efficient as possible with our meetings and taking a project as far as I possibly can before reaching out for help.
It means having the self-motivation to complete projects without a boss and get work done on time. I have to create my own schedule and routine and limit distractions.
It means having strong written communication skills. My first year working remotely, I took courses on copywriting/blogging and improve the clarity of my messages.
It means being incredibly comfortable with learning all the time. Tech changes fast, and I have to be on the cutting edge of technology can improve collaboration (like new project management tools/software), speed up workflows (automations and integrations), and even get thrown into unknowns (had to do a speaking event to replace somebody!)
If your next statement is: "Working remotely? You MUST be a weird introvert!"
Yeah, kinda. My energy does get drained talking to people. But I'm pretty social too. In-person client work, speaking events, meet-ups. Having worked at a comedy club in a previous life -- you get used to being uncomfortable. (being on stage and getting no laughs is super awkward.)
Teaching is my passion.
I've always stood by the policy of NEVER being the bottleneck. If you're the only person who can do it, you're not a team player.
My experience teaching includes building online courses for Mirasee (fifteen courses in three years), writing documentation and SOPs for internal knowledge, and crafting videos and blog posts to share knowledge.
Past jobs include teaching within the school district and private art schools, and volunteering as a teacher for religious organizations and non-profits.
The best educators are also persuasive speakers. My experience working at Helium Comedy Club gave me a front row seat to learn directly from the masters on stage presence, cadence, mic control and performance. I've spoken at WordPress events, small meetups, and live webinars streamed around the world.
To relax, you might catch me listening to audio books, hiking and biking, or playing video games.
Having been failed by the school system, I work a lot with non-profits to give back to the community. I past volunteer experience includes the Portland Saturday Academy providing STEM education, the Salem Dream Center providing art education, soup kitchens and food pantries, and giving blood and plasma.