In terms of the actual production, I treated this like a travel vlog, in that I did intro -> b-roll -> short update -> b-roll -> summary. This was my first hackathon, so I wasn't sure what kind of format to go with. So I went with one that allowed me the most flexibility. Now that I've been through it & generally know what to expect, I would probably go with the same format, but I can't say that I won't go with something different.
I was also really caught-up in the event, and being a newbie to the community, I didn't want to burn bridges with the other developers before I had a chance to build them. Even while I was there, I thought of better b-roll shots than what I took, but they would require more equipment than I felt other people would be comfortable with. Even though vlogs are more commonplace now, and less people are weirded-out by others documenting their experiences, a lot of people aren't comfortable with someone else posting their faces and/or voice on the Internet. As I get more & more integrated with the developer community, my approach to vlogging at a hackathon may change.
You can watch the vlog on my YouTube channel here.
I just re-introduced myself to HTML, which I haven't really touched since I made a site on Geocities in the early 2000's. Based on what I've seen so far, there haven't been many changes, but I also haven't really gone that deep. I see more attributes in terms of reading the kind of device being used to help make it a more unified experience.
I've spent more time familiarizing myself with CSS, which didn't have very wide adoption when I used Geocities. CSS is much simpler than I originally thought. It has very simple syntax, how it processes the code is really straight-forward, and it's really clear to see how it integrates with HTML.
I'm currently working on a portfolio site that at least matches the device-responsiveness of my current site and has a bit of pop to it. I'm getting started with Bootstrap, and I kind of feel like a cheat by using a framework, but I'm going to use it until I hear that it's bad practice. A lot of smart people have worked on that library, so why not stand on the shoulders of giants?
I'm really excited to see what I can do going forward.
I'm Ryan, a freelance content creator & web developer from Colorado.