Hello and welcome. I’m Wayne and I live in sunny Southern California with my girlfriend, two cats and a dog. I’m a huge fan of solving problems through programming, always have been. Heck, it took me a while to realize this, but once I did I embraced it and made it my career.
Here’s my story of how I became who I am today, what makes me tick, and what you can expect here at WayneJohn.com and from me both professionally and personally.
My work hours
As I perform programming services for people like yourself, either web or Windows development, I’m not doing it full time. I work for a very good company here in Southern California by day, and at night I don my super-suit (PJ’s and a t-shirt) and go to town on code for others. I’m generally able to do about 4 hours of work per weekday, all in the evenings. Weekends are my best time as I can focus for extended hours on problems and getting solutions built for others.
My rates and estimates for work
I hear people state that I shouldn’t post my hourly rates for development services. I say it doesn’t matter. I charge everyone the same, and sometimes I’ll make deals with others, it all depends on what you’re bringing to the table. That said, my going rate per hour is set at $60. All projects are first estimated with which you can decide to continue with me or not.
If we both decide to move forward with a project, you will be kept updated on a regular basis, and anything that would cause an overage on an estimate is always cleared before I begin work. There might be surprises that come up with your existing code or ideas, but you will never be unaware of the amount of your hard-earned money will be going towards my services to you. That’s a promise I make to all my clients, and it starts with having good communication flowing both ways.
My blog posting schedule
Well, there really isn’t one. Not one I can commit to and keep anyway. I do web development work for clients and as that comes and goes, I’m unable to be consistent here. My family and clients are my first priority, as they should be. So don’t expect a daily post from me, nor should you expect a consistent topic (unless I’m writing a series).
I love cats too, so occasionally I will go off beat and do something unexpected. I wish I could have enough time in the day to write epic posts each and every day, but the reality is, I simply don’t.
My lifepath and you
I’m fortunate enough to have a very rewarding career and some skills to go along with it. I find the most satisfaction in life by creating a solution to a problem for someone. There’s just something about the way I think that some people will call “out of the box” and “unique” or “off-beat” that helps me come up with creative solutions to complex problems. I’m not trying to blow my own horn here, I’m only relaying what others have told me about myself. I agree, but it’s sometimes hard to see your own value without others telling you how they see you, right?
The web has become my world. I write code each and every day for myself, my employer and my clients. I can do stuff for you too if you like, just use the contact form and reach out to me.
How I became a programmer today
I started with a Commodore 64 and Apple II when I was about 13 and taught myself the BASIC programming language. A few years later in my high school years, I slowly became pretty proficient with networking and hardware. When I started my career as an accounts payable clerk for a major grocery chain here in California, I began to use my knowledge to automate my desk. I saw a lot of time being wasted and knew I could save myself time and the company money.
Needless to say this caught the attention of my managers on up and I became more of an application developer for the accounting department by creating automated spreadsheets, databases and applications using the tools made available on my desktop, MS Office. Over time I began to realize my ability to cut through the clutter and see efficient solutions as a valuable asset to me and my employers and decided that I needed to focus on becoming the best that I can be at programming and providing solutions. It was, after all, just too much fun to not try to be the best I can at it. What can I say, I’m a big geek for this stuff.
Years pass, and as you know the landscape of technology has seen its ups and downs, changes and disasters. I’ve been through it all it seems, and I now find myself doing a lot more than that 13 year old ever imagined he would be.
So now I lead a pretty quiet life providing my skills to a small mom and pop company with no politics in Southern California by day, and by night I manage a number of my own sites as well as perform work for other clients. I continue to learn new technologies and techniques as time goes on, but for the most part I’m more focused on helping others with their websites and applications.
I don’t find a lot of time to get out and do stuff, but when I do, I love to kick it up a notch and have a lot of fun. My girl and I will go hit the country bars and do some dancing, a little drinking, hooting and hollering, all that. Although I have to admit that when I’m on a motorcycle and heading out to the desert for a day long ride is when I feel the most free and relaxed. There’s just something about it that is addicting.
One day I plan to ride coast to coast…it’s on my bucket list.
I also enjoy exercising and getting fit. After being a programmer for all these years, I can’t say that sitting behind a desk for 16 hours a day does wonders for your gut and physique…well some wonders may never cease, but the wonders I’m speaking of aren’t wonders to behold.
As I write this, I’ve been focused on losing weight and getting in shape for the sole purpose of looking good naked. I’m down about 40 pounds so far, and things are starting to come together. I’m so close I can taste it.
When I’m not busting out code or doing any of the above, I enjoy spending time with the love of my life. She completes me and I can’t think of anything that would be better than just holding her hand and being right there next to her.
What I’d Like To Do
I’d like to take a vacation. I’d like to quit smoking. I’d like to work out more often. I’d like to have the time to do it. I’d like to have the money to make it possible. I’d like to have 20 dancing girls. I’d like to not worry about the world and what we’re doing to it. And finally, I want to believe that human-kind is capable of achieving peaceful relations in and amongst everyone.