In creating developedbychris.com, I decided to use this project as an additional opportunity to challenge myself. In my prior experience studying React, I had read about the popularity of Gatsby but hadn't worked with it. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it out!
I began by creating a couple of prototypes using Webflow with my focus on making a site that was simple and highlighted my skills and work. I then moved on to reading through documentation to become familiar with Gatsby. The documentation was very helpful, and I was able to get the core of my site up and running in a short amount of time. While the initial setup was straight-forward, I had not used GraphQL previously and had to do some additional reading to get the functionality I desired—namely in accessing information from the Github API, which provided a couple of roadblocks. However, after a couple rounds of debugging I was happy to have everything working properly. Because of the relative ease I had on this project, I plan on using Gatsby again on a more complex program to see if it's a tool I will use moving forward.
While design is not necessarily my forte, I'm happy with the way the portfolio turned out and feel accomplished in having a project where I was able to successfully incorporate two new tools. I hope you enjoy it!