Why am I restarting a blog in 2017?

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I kept a personal blog for a number of years. It fell by the wayside for a couple of reasons. It became a casualty to too much work.  Issues with my hosting provider at the time made me take it offline altogether.

After making a career pivot last fall back to full-time employment, I decided I wanted to revisit some of my old writing. Restarting a personal blog then made more sense to me.

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The case for paid projects, not free writing tests

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I first want to state that I’m not averse to writing tests for full-time or contract positions. Yet, in today’s economy, my time at the keyboard is tied to billable work. A request to take a writing test came to me once from a company. Looking at the information they sent me, they could submit my output from this test to their client as a deliverable. All the while, I could be out time and money for the effort, and the company has gotten the work done for free.

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My 3 favorite G Suite Integrations

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I’ve come around on my feelings about G Suite after years of working in Microsoft Office-dominated organizations for years. My skepticism for the product has gone away as the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) improves across the cross platform. One thing that I still think that Google has always gotten right is the ease of integration with G Suite and other cloud applications through the Google Apps Marketplace.

Here are my three favorite Google Apps integrations:

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