Edward Panas Resume

Some last minute progress.

When I got home tonight I was a bit frustrated with my lack of progress on my resume and my personal branding website and I resolved to get something done before calling it a night.

Here is my progress for tonight:

  1. I started with my resume. Since my resume, especially the “profile summary” part of it was my primary source of frustration and my biggest stumbling block to getting back on track I hit it head on and I am happy with the result. Might polish it up as I go, but this works for now.
  2. Next I made a short list of technical details I could easily set up on the website and quickly worked through them. Most of these do not alter the front end of the website, but are necessary pieces of the puzzle.
    • Google Analytics – set up property and added tracking code.
    • Google Search Console – set up property and verified it.
    • Contact 7 – a popular WP form plugin for my contact page.
    • Font Awesome – a plugin to make using Font Awesome glyphs. Good for social media icons, etc.
    • ReCaptcha – a Google service for form validation. It’s like the “type these characters” form verification, but without needed the extra field.
  3. Created a Contact page with Font Awesome and Contact 7 plugins. Too late to finish tonight, but it will end up being a very clean mobile first page with icon buttons for contacting me via social media, email, or phone with a very basic contact form at the bottom. I will point the domain “ContactEdward.com” at this page once the page is complete.

That’s it for now. Tomorrow I am going to get back after it and get most of the website done, especially the “Ed for Hire” portion. I would like to be in a position to start applying to multiple jobs a day starting Wednesday. We’ll see how much premium coffee I can get my hands on between now and then.

Welcome to “square one”…

What a disaster this website is! In my attempts to revamp my personal branding website from 2017 I have been trying out various platforms.

  • First I went with hand coding a few pages. It was fast, responsive and would be easy to maintain since there would be no CMS software updates. But then I realized I might actually want to post content to my website so into the recycle bin with the coded site.
  • Next I set up a WordPress site. I’ve used WP on a few projects here and there over the years with varying degrees of success so I figured it would get the job done quickly and easily. Then I started getting creative with the functions.php file and things quickly got out of control.
  • Once I started fiddling around with code again I scrapped WP in favor of giving a databaseless CMS a shot – so over the weekend I started playing with Jekyll and Grav. Both are extremely cool with all kinds of fun to be had with command line commands. Unfortunately I was spending too much time screwing around than I was creating content for my website.
  • After I opted against my fourth cup of coffee for the day I cleared out my server, set up a fresh WordPress installation and here we are. So now I have a fairly ugly, content light website, in the middle of a job search. Luckily I scored some extra contract work and my wife (a real estate rockstar) just signed another listing.

What’s next?

I’ve decided to think a bit more Kaizen in this fourth and FINAL iteration of this website. I am starting with nothing, but a quickly modified theme in WordPress and a bunch of placeholder content to re-build my personal branding website. The difference is THIS time y’all are coming along for the ride! I am going to build on this thing daily and post my updates to my blog and various social media accounts. Feels like a really weird idea which is probably why I like it so much.

One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.

Stephen Hawking