What it’s like working with me.
Transparency: I have generally enjoyed agency with my clients and offer them a full view of things — good or bad. No mucking around from me just to get my billings up.
Business: I prioritize business objectives over my personal growth. You won’t get resume driven development with me. I want to pick the tools that would do you good long-term.
Unfortunately, a natural off-shoot of this value is that I do expect paid-for time and a bit of patience from you while I pick new tools up.
Work-Life Balance: I work hard when I’m at work. On most days, I consider it rude to call me into the office outside of office hours. The only exception being what needs to be handled is really an emergency. And, I’ll trust your judgement on that!
Mental Health: As a workplace, if taking mental health days for yourself is discouraged, I don’t think we are a good fit. I hate lying to get mental health days. Let’s normalize it.
How I try to pay my dues.
In short, I support a healthy internet and try to do what I can to pay my dues. Here’s some of the things I’m doing to bring more balance, and hopefully, this inspires you to do the same!
🍇 Open protocols and decentralization.
I use XMPP for instant messaging. I do, admittedly, use other centralized protocols, but some progress is progress all the same.
My blog itself has RSS feeds that you can follow anywhere, and read everything in full. No questions asked. No tracking. You decide how this works. Laura Kalbag has an amazing introduction to what this all means.
🚪 A safe space to talk.
I run a nascent Hometown community named SmallCamp.
A community that offers a safe space for people to share their personal lives online (again). Social media doesn’t have to be about only showing the best of you, all the time — finding support and community for your struggles, small and big, is a cause worth pursuing.SmallCamp’s about page, retrieved 2021-05-26
Currently not taking in new members due to personal reasons. Hope to open this up again soon. ☺️
In the meantime, you can also visit SmallCamp’s blog.
👥 Be responsible to all users.
This is a big reason why I’m not (yet) on the Amazon Web Services and a front-end heavy architecture hype-train. I am upskilling myself in a monolith such as Django instead! Rails or Laravel or even Phoenix are equally good projects. They offer an experience accessible to everyone across the globe — not just those with powerful computing devices.
💸 Financially support other projects.
My donations to date include:
|Matthias Pfefferle (author of a WordPress ActivityPub plugin)||150 INR|
|Patrick Goldinger (author of FlorisBoard)||150 INR|
|Alain (author of Planner)||160 INR|
However, I realize that I am not so privileged in the grand scheme of things and so only sparingly donate to projects since June 2021.