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My long relationship with technology started in my early teen years posting on BBSes and building my own computers. After more than a decade of tinkering, I decided to make it my profession by building my first web site for a family member in 2006. Soon after that, I started taking on small client projects found via word-of-mouth and online-networking while completing a B.S. in Chemistry. Since then, I’ve built Josh Can Help up to a thriving freelance practice that supported me and my family from 2008 until 2018 when I joined Auth0.
I’ve worked with and for companies and agencies both large and small, including Auth0, Precision Nutrition, 10up, Manning Publications, Alan Colmes, Coca-Cola and Pepsi (at the same time!), Edelman, AT&T Wireless, Johnson & Johnson, and many others. I am currently employed full time and not looking for new jobs or consulting opportunities.
I truly enjoy working on and with the web and I’ve met so many interesting, talented people along the way. I believe that you’re only as good as the people you associate with so I try to stay connected to people who I admire and enjoy spending time with. I also love helping people do their best online and elsewhere, hence the name of this site and my online persona.
Here's what is going on right now.
What I'm thinking about
- Asynchronous communication is something I think about a lot and have been for a very long time. I'd like to write more about this and maybe start a Substack. I think my experience and perspective on this subject would be helpful to more people than just the ones on my team.
- I've gotten very deep into digital archiving all of my personal documents, photos, data, etc. I'm in the process of figuring out what a low-maintenance system looks like without going too crazy. I'm a bit obsessed with the idea of a simple timeline of my life events and those of my kids. I currently use Day One to collect photos of and letters to my family and I can just export a PDF of all events relating to one kid or the other.
- Note-taking and personal knowledge bases. I take notes daily and collect information I use online in mostly-plain-text files locally. I find this helps greatly to get stuff out of my head, make connections, pick up where I left off, and stay organized.
- Writing and publishing online, especially in the context of being a note-taker. I journal, blog and take notes and, for the most part, I have a system that works. But there is a lot of writing I do locally that doesn't make it online. I'd like to scoot my note-taking a little closer to both my public and private writing. I'd like to write more about and contribute to Eleventy, the software I use for this site.
- Personal development has always been important to me and I'm still working hard to get a little closer to being a person my wife and kids can be proud of.
Where to find me
- The best way to contact me is via email at
josh [at] joshcanhelp [dot] com.
- I store all my public code on GitHub and find myself on there quite a bit. I open source everything that’s not proprietary or for sale. Thoughts on that here.
- I keep my LinkedIn profile mostly up-to-date so that serves as my resume for now.
- I am "on Twitter" @joshcanhelp ... sort of ... more on that here.
- You san see a feed of changes to my site on GitHub here. If you star or watch that repo it can function as somewhat of a subscription here.