Nate Finch




This week, what's inspiring Nate Finch, Senior WP Engineer at Strattic.

A podcast worth listening to: 
Throughline from NPR is really good. Hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei go back in time to understand the present, examining current events, resurfacing past events, and drawing (you guessed it!) lines connecting the dots. The episodes are insightful, informative, and leave me with a deeper understanding of what’s going on in the world today. It gets my history nerd-self going.

A concept worth understanding: 
Currently, I’m trying to drink from the “firehose of understanding” when it comes to cloud services, specifically serverless functions and services. In my day to day at Strattic, I’m building serverless integrations for WordPress so I’m constantly curious about how serverless functions and services can relate to and be used by WordPress. As WordPress moves more in the Jamstack, static, headless, decoupled, and serverless space, creating “native WordPress experiences” in those realms for users will be continually important to understand and develop. My talk at WordFest actually covered a bit of how to think about all this.

A Twitter account worth following: 
I’d say #WPTalks on Twitter Spaces. Daniel Schutzsmith and others do a great job getting conversations going in the moment with super relevant topics and candid, honest conversation. I love hearing what people think, and love hearing their stories and experiences even more, especially when they have the space to audibly talk about it.

An article worth reading: 
I love to cook and recently found this article/video combo, How To Improvise In The Kitchen, from Samin Nosrat. While there are a lot of articles about how to approach or think about cooking (I wrote one here), I think having the freedom to think about what you want to cook and being happy and satisfied after a meal (especially cooked for others) is one of my greatest joys.

A habit worth forming: 
For me, these two go hand-in-hand: time tracking and a weekly list of things I worked on. I started this habit when I was a freelancer so that I would know how long it actually took me to complete a task or project, and could better estimate and set my rates. For this, I'll always recommend Toggl. Writing down what I did on a weekly "GSD" board (here's a basic template I've made, slightly modified from Notion). Everyday, I write down what I did, and sometimes how long it took. On my Notion, at least, I have these going back weekly to March 2020. Wow, I'm a nerd.


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