Joseph Shambrook

Front End Developer

Hello World, at last

Quite seriously, I don't know how it's taken me this long to get started on my blog. I could try and blame it on being busy with my job I started last year, getting hitched, moving out of my childhood home from one side of London to the other, but ultimately, I should've just got on with it. Only some are genuinely too busy to not write a small website to promote themselves.

On the other hand, there were a couple of obstacles that kept obstructing me, which I figured I'd detail in my first post.

First of all, it took me a while to figure out that my website should be basic. Rather than willingly trying to give it all these extra bells and whistles that take time to research and write and test and debug and release, I should create a site that fulfils its purpose: advertising myself to the world and allowing me to write blog articles. If I'm writing blog articles, then people are there to read those articles, and shouldn't have to download megabytes of useless resources to get them there.

And then, there's the fact that I'm not a designer. Not that I haven't tried; I'm capable of using PhotoShop for basic tasks, I follow and sometimes experiment with new design trends, I keep an eye on what's really taking off in terms of popularity and what's become seriously over-used (hero images with big titles anyone?), I feel like I understand readability in web design. However, I find that I'm just not as creatively minded as I want to be. I don't feel like I know what would look 'good', and thus keep encountering creative block. So, I've now got a design that's dead simple. I've thrown in a small-but-cool parallax effect on the header, and laid out my content in a concise way that (I hope) is easy to read.

Whilst I'm writing this article, the site is in bare-bones please-don't-judge-me-based-on-the-source-code state. I've got a fair amount planned to do.

Boy does it feel good to get started.