A mentoring session in an office setting
A mentoring session in an office setting
Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash

Only less than six percent of learners who took an open online course between 2014 and 2016 from HarvardX and MITx earned a certificate.

If you’re one of the ones who followed through a course online, then you should take full advantage of that by adding your online certifications to your professional resume.

(As long as the courses count towards your career goals, they should demonstrate to your potential employers the drive you have for staying relevant in your industry.)

But beyond that, a young professional’s ability to complete an online course is an indicator that the person has the fundamental skills needed in our connected economies: digital fluency and information literacy; contribution; grit, diligence and motivation; collaboration and leadership. …


I hate to say it, but most people dislike Git from their first try. This girl is no exception.

A group of people in a warehouse
A group of people in a warehouse
Photo by Mitch Altman, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr.

As soon as the course finishes, I uninstalled Git for Windows from my desktop and only used the GitHub repository to slowly make sense of GitHub Pages and host my own personal website, which is still a work in progress. (Trust me, it looks a lot better now.) I created this story based on all the little things I didn’t get right when I first tried Git, but could’ve.

1. Git Makes More Sense When You Understand [Insert Concept Here]

Installing Git is the easy bit. Once you’ve got it in your machine comes the difficult part: how do you learn Git?

For me, it wasn’t a choice.

There is no wrong way to learn Git, but I’m convinced that there’s a right way. And it’s not learning by doing, which goes without saying. What I mean is to learn to think within a mindset that makes it easier to understand these new concepts. What I mean is to know what it is not. …


I’m taking you on a quick tour of the diet trends that are behind why people say “no” to what others say “yes” to.

Mmm… Diet Coke
Mmm… Diet Coke
Photo by Matthew Kenwrick, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr.

When you say, “I am going on a diet”

Dieting is tough. Who knows what you’re going to get? When you follow a dieting system without really understanding how weight-loss works, you are almost blindly relying on hearsay.

What seems to have worked for other people might cause another to gain weight. Or other unwanted consequences. And most of us have had to go on a type of diet at some point in life.

Dieting is a lifelong personal skill that has the potential to either make your life better or wreck it altogether.

The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies “unhealthy diet” as a major risk factor contributing to a range of diseases, including cancer and diabetes. Although dieting is considered a public health issue in our society, changes to your dieting skills can only be made on a personal level. …


Some are pretty well-known, while others are outright bizarre.

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Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

You don’t have to be working in IT to encounter tech jargon. Technology is known for coming up with new (and sometimes funny sounding) words and popularizing them in a blink of an eye. Old terms quickly become outdated, replaced by new ones, and newer ones. Take the word hashtag as an example; it got into the Oxford dictionary in 2010 and the Scrabble dictionary in 2014.

The keyword hashtag we know in social media today was first used in a tweet in 2007. …


Learn and do more visually (and textually) with these up-and-coming social media platforms.

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Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If you still haven’t deleted your Facebook account yet, then you probably know that it’s kind of a big deal to be present on social media. Although sometimes social media can feel like antisocial, it all depends on how effective you are with your interactions.

These platforms might be unknown to you. They are not necessarily brand new, just that some of these platforms caters to a very specific audience. I’ve chosen them because they are free, and because they are or can be perfect for sharing your visual content.

1. Stampsy

Other publications call it an article, Stampsy calls it a “stamp.” A couple of stamps make a collection that falls into the following categories: photography, art, film, music, and design. All the interesting stuff. It’s where you go to when you’ve got to share something more than an Instagram post but “more dynamic than a portfolio site.” …


Your blog should be built with one of these open-source platforms.

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Photo by Marco Verch, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

So you’ve recently started your learning journey and would like to keep friends and mentors informed of your personal accomplishments, milestones, and your career options. The next step is to choose a blogging platform that fits you.

Many popular blogging platforms are not really a good fit for developers, since they are cluttered with features that you don’t really want or need.

After doing some web search on some common and not-so-commen open-source blogging platforms, I came up with this growing list of blogging platforms for coders of all levels.

1. Jekyll


So what should you include if you’ve got nothing to show?

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Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

Let me start by telling you this. My entire “so-called career” was shaped by the oddly adequate relationships I have with the people I’ve worked with.

I never had to show my portfolio to a stranger inside some cold and distant office that took three hours of insane traffic to reach for a chance to ghostwrite an op-ed for an adult magazine that nobody actually reads. …


Everything you need to know about this exotic, tropical fruit.

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Photo by Marco Verch, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr

I’ve included this mango article as part of my “Tropical Fruit Inspiration Series,” in which I list a number of curious things about some of my favourite tropical fruits and plants. The tropical vegetation is an endless source of inspiration for me, in design, in the kitchen, even spiritually. Sweet mangoes are the all-round fruit we get to eat every day.

1. Mangoes come in all sorts of colours, shapes, and sizes.

There’s about 400 varieties of mangoes recorded by the USDA. They come in various sizes. Some trees bare small mangoes that can be 5 centimetres long, while the long varieties can grow up to 25 centimetres. …


Here are some valid reasons why you haven’t started that blog.

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1. You don’t have the ideas.

It’s pretty common knowledge that to write you need an idea. Although perhaps kind of rare in this day and age, people do run out of ideas. Where do ideas come from, anyway? It’s not like you wake up each morning and “poof” a list of ideas worth blogging just appears in front of you.

You don’t want just any idea. As a person who values creativity and individuality, you need to be able to trust these ideas to start acting on them. Ideas only will come to you if you are prepared for them. If you’ve been paying attention, you will find ideas are all around — what you can see, smell, hear, and touch. …


Break out of the photographer’s block with some of the best and the most recent courses and tutorials from the internet.

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Photo by Kendra Kamp on Unsplash

It can get kind of difficult to learn on your own. First of all, motivation is hard to come by. If you’re not part of a photography club, you’d have to come up with your own ideas. And photography is expensive.

Owning a camera, even a pre-loved one, can cost you a holiday or two. Photography classes are expensive, and the clubs are, too. So here are some amazing free resources you can access online.

1. Marc Levoy’s Free Lectures on Digital Photography

Marc Levoy is a former Stanford lecturer turned Google researcher. His lectures on Digital Photography is set up exactly the way a college class would be. …

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