What are you doing for others?

Borrowing inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr on the post tonight, since it dovetails with my chosen labour for the day. I have to admit, I’m a straight fellow who doesn’t think too deeply most of the time. I like helping people, and it’s not every time that you can do good work, help a friend and get your money’s worth at the same time.

So I spent the better part of a day building a website from scratch, with about 80% functionality completed. It doesn’t sound like much, but I remember the days when websites took weeks upon months to be completed with labourious development, and speedy rollouts like these continue to amaze and gratify me to no end.

Granted, familiarity with WordPress and the power of responsive themes helped greatly, since I did not have to write a single line of code to get things up. Even tweaking and filling content takes minutes that grind into hours though. Hell, I’m starting to ache from sitting in the damn chair.

This website is one of those little challenges that I take upon myself from time to time to accomplish, just to see if I can do it. Besides, it makes for great learning – I’d never actually implemented shopping cart functionality on WordPress before, and to actually know how it’s done now gives me a bit more confidence.

What exactly am I doing for others then? I’m helping friends in need with what I know, pushing a fun project and seeing something grow from scratch. It could be going nowhere in the end, but we sure are going to have a shot at making it work. At the end, I’m just happy to be able to help – such is the mentality of a freelancer. Opportunities disappear if you do not make full use of them! Never know where things like these will lead to. Give it my best, that’s all I can do.

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