Few things are more powerful ~
It took a moment to reach this place ---
Though we here now.
# SF Latest
I got a response back from the founder of OpenStates.Org!!
There is hesitation anytime I share myself, there are both gardens and graveyards in my wake. Though I have learned to own them all regardless.
Appreciation was expressed, for my candor; and door left open to continue conversation ~ naturally yer boy had to walk through nearly immediately! We'll see what comes of it all
# Rebel Coding Gets Chopped
So I had an idea, why not cut the book in half?
Rebel Coding starts as an 8 step process to learning how to code through web development. I've tested the process out with a few folks, and I think I've got the makings of a solid product!
Though outreach and marketing has always been my struggle, though I've got a plan! First off, I cut the book in half and self the first half for $2 ~ check it out at RebelCoding.com.
Next is the kicker ~
I ask for feedback through a community known as ProductHunt.
ProductHunt is a fairly large community of early-tech-adopters; they always wanna know what the latest app and tech thing is.
While a few weeks ago I replied to a post by one of the organizations formal employees who was offering one-hour insight sessions for folks wanting help before marketing or pitching their product!
In theory, that meeting will be happening tomorrow, poetically on April Fool's Day. I know exactly what I'm going to ask, and the tenor of my pitch:
I'm a brown man, orphan born, with the aspiration of helping others learn to code. I would like the community's feedback as to whether my approach is as good as it could be.
You are damn straight, I'm gonna play the race card!
I'm an under-estimated founder from any under-represented demographic, perhaps more than one.
Luckily the individual I've reached out to is a Black man, and so I feel that this conversation has the potential to be well-received.
Furthermore, after receiving their feedback, there are others on Product Hunt whom I've met through the years who I will reach out to for promotional support after the book is formally published.
Friends are still helping me improve what is written, while I have a bit more left to write!
# In conclusion
Good news is I'm sober again. I've been through this process a few times this past year, and I've been trying to stop smoking marijuana for the better part of the past 15 years.
Not so much of a vice as my poor man's vacation source.
Though I am finally feeling as though I'm living a life I don't want to escape. It is a blessing to have access to good food, safe shelter -- oh, and my English students have all moved to taking classes online.
Before I was just teaching 2 students online, though my remaining 3 students have since opted for online classes during this global togethering we are presently experiencing.
It is a massive blessing that gives me a security I was missing for a few weeks. This helps me to focus more completely on the work of finalizing Rebel Coding and preparing MnActivist code for contribution by others.
I am so super excited; and thankful.
So much of this would not be possible without the existential support of y'all. And yup, I may need to make a few adjustments to the description; as when I get 500 supporters --- then I'll be able to focus on this endeavor full-time, without interruption.
I think it's possible, in fact I know it is.
I hope y'all are able to find safety through this storm we are all weathering. If there is any way that I can ever be of service to you all, please do not ever hesitate to ask!