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Discussion on: Goodbye portfolio site

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Stefan Dorresteijn

This has been an ongoing issue with my own portfolio site as well. When I was learning my web development basics (a looooong time ago), I used my portfolio site as a way to learn new skills. I'd learn how to use jQuery (Yep, that long ago) and I would apply it to my site. I'd learn PHP (Mhm) and build a small blogging system on my site. Then as time went on, I had other projects and still wanted something good online, so I installed Wordpress and threw a theme on it. That was fine as a junior but since I'm freelancing now, and picking up more interesting jobs, I need something that really represents what I can do. This is why I'm working on a fully custom portfolio in VueJS. I'm designing it myself, developing it myself, doing everything all by myself, to show off what I can do.

I think as a senior, that's what you need. You need to be able to show off your skills and the best way to do that is by building an entirely custom web app.

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Arto Tukki Author

Yeah sure. But is portfolio really a thing that is the best way to show you can build a custom app? I'd rather use my other projects which usually are a lot more complicated than any of my portfolio sites have been. That might just be me, though.

I do get that when you're freelancing you might need to have a portfolio site to highlight the stuff that you have done. :)

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Stefan Dorresteijn

It might not be the best place to do it, but it's the first thing anyone sees when they google you (hopefully). This is why I want my portfolio site to really represent who I am, and I don't want to give anyone the chance to say "Ugh, it's Wordpress, he doesn't know what he's doing".

Of course on my portfolio site, I show off my most interesting projects, which are meant to impress. The portfolio site itself exists to pull them in, and the projects exist to pull them over the line.

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Arto Tukki Author

I get that. I really do. I might set up a portfolio page again in the future if I feel the need for it. Especially if I'd start freelancing but that's not something I see myself doing any time soon. :)

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Stefan Dorresteijn

Yeah, that's only fair. I need to constantly be selling myself, so the portfolio site is very important.