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A Brief Introduction and Halfway About

Morgan VanDerLeest
August 27th, 2019 · 2 min read

It’s crazy how easy it is to give advice to others but then never follow it ourselves.

For years, I’ve been recommending that people just start producing content. However they can, in whatever form they can.

But I never really did anything.

So here goes.

Much Ado About Nothing

This article will eventually be turned into a proper About page. For now it’ll serve as a jumping off point for what’s to come, as well as a repository for some of my other online content.

This site is built using React on the Gatsby.js framework. I’m using a theme called Novela (@narative/gatsby-theme-novela). Novela is built by the team at Narative. Novela has a lot of nice touches that make it easy to get started with so I don’t have to do much fiddling for a while.

I struggled for a long time trying to decide if I should use a template or go fully from scratch. As a developer, I felt like I needed to build it from scratch. But the problem is, I was spending too much time with setup and the early stages that I never had a functioning site, so I never had a place to write.

And that just wasn’t going to work.

But why not WordPress or something more common?

Well this way, I am still able to test and try things on a modern framework. I had originally wanted to dive into Vue.js, but found Gatsby and loved it. The tech, the team, the community. And that’s how I stumbled into React.

What To Expect

I am a developer. But there are a lot of developers better than myself. So I’ll share the things that I’m learning to hopefully help the developers coming behind me.

At the very least, I’ll get better at articulating so I can be more helpful in the future.

I am also a product enthusiast. I love keeping up with the latest and greatest in tools and technology. I’m an avid Apple user, so my content will generally be tilted a bit in that direction. But since so much is web-based these days, that shouldn’t be much of an issue.

A Little History

2018 - Present

Developer at IMPACT

2016 - 2018

Founder of Atomic Digital

2012 - 2016

Marketing, Financial, Supply Chain Analyst at Tenaris

2008 - 2012

Student at Texas A&M University

Other Publications

If you’re interested in some of the sales and marketing technology articles I’ve published with IMPACT, those are below.

© 2019 Morgan VanDerLeest
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