My Path As A Joomla Developer

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This is the first post I've written for Blue Bridge since the first year I was in business around five years ago. A lot has changed since then. When I first started out, I worked primarily with Joomla, but also did Wordpress based sites, web design, PHP consulting, and e-commerce with Magento. I was a freelancer and a generalist and was throwing things up and seeing what stuck.

As time passed, I realized that as a freelancer, I couldn't afford to be a generalist. There were two large reasons leading to this realization:

  1. I care about making excellent solutions and jack-of-all-trades don't have the focus needed to do this.
  2. Generalists suffer from horrible market positioning and have low perceived value.

I dropped everything but Joomla. I also took the time to get certified by Zend for PHP 5 and doubled down on building my development skills. This strategy paid off and even with continually raising rates, I had to routinely turn away clients. The other option was to grow my company and it's something that I resisted doing for a long time.

In 2012, I changed my mind and decided that I not only wanted to grow the company, but that I wanted to build it into something bigger than just one strong developer. I see a lot of opportunity to help businesses and organizations in need of trustworthy and skilled development, to help advance Joomla as a project, and to help individual developers grow their skills in a team environment.

Part of this effort to build something bigger has meant that I have to get out of my little developer shell and reach out to the community. This blog is one of the ways that I intend to do so. The subjects it will cover are all near and dear to my heart: programming, Joomla, and business development. I hope you keep reading and would love to hear any feedback.

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John is the owner and lead developer of Blue Bridge.  He's contributed to the Joomla project as a JCM author, JUG team leader, and a bug squasher.  In his spare time, he loves to write and read, advance his development and business knowledge, play video games, boulder, and spend time with his girlfriend and their dog Sunny.
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