Like many others, I have been a CSS-Tricks reader ever since I started learning my web design endeavor. I have greatly benefited from contents especially tutorials, guides and other Chris’s insights, and without it, I wouldn’t the same knowledge-base that I have today.
It has been one of first go-to resources when I am stuck on something, and often I found my answer there, which Rabin eloquently captures my mind.
Whenever I’ve been stuck on a front-end problem or whenever I hit a snag with something, there is an almost 100% chance that Chris would’ve already written about the problem and the 18 different solutions to it. Or the answer would’ve been found in one of CSS-Tricks’ enormous and highly detailed guides.– Rabin Rendle
As Sarah writes in here, “Chris has a gift of explaining something in a way that is crisp and never condescending” which IMO made the CSS-Tricks a community beloved resource site. Sarah, herself, is a great writer and I have benefited greatly from her writings on CSS-Tricks.
Thank You! Chris
Like other CSS-Tricks guest authors, I came to know you when I approached you via pitch form on the morning of Mach 08, 2020 with an inquiry “whether I could share my recent experience in porting WordPress site to Gatsby”. By evening of I received I received the following reply from Chris:
Maybe! We haven’t worked together before, so what I’d like to see is a draft showing how you’d approach it.
It’s interesting in that I feel like I’ve read about this more than a few times, but in Googling around, there doesn’t seem to be an easily-findable very clear step-by-step guide to doing it.
Let me walk you through, memory lane how you guided me to preparing my first CSS-Tricks draft manuscripts and kindly accepted for their publication.
In the next email I share with you how I was thinking to write the article and wrote a brief outline of my approach, then you promptly replied as follows:
Thanks for the thoughtful answer! I love all this. Telling the story of how you accomplished this and what you were thinking along the way is a great approach. Maybe it would be smart to re-do the whole process and document it as you do it with screenshots and snippets and such?
I responded you sharing how I was thinking to write the article with a brief outline of my approach, then you promptly replied as follows:
Write the post as one big long post (in Dropbox Paper). That’s how we always start. If it turns out we need to break it up for publication, we can make that call later. If it becomes to cumbersome fo handle in one post, know that Dropbox Paper lets you collapse sections which might help (see the little triangle to the left of headers).
I did get the reflections post. It’s an interesting read in itself, but I think I’m more into the idea of just a step-by-step guide that seems to be a little hard to find in the world. Perhaps it could be at least a 2-parter where this existing article is Part 1, but it’s published simultaneously with the the walkthrough?
Thereafter, you forwarded the draft to Geoff with the following note:
Wow this is quite the journey. I think it’s pretty cool and will be very useful to someone trying to do this themselves, which is the perfect sort of article. I’m going to hand it over to Geoff, our lead editor here, to go through the thing himself and smooth it out for publiciation. You’ll hear from him on next steps.
The manuscripts went through Geoff’s editorial review and yes! my first two articles were published. Since then, I have already published a few more articles in CSS-Tricks. For a couple of months, I have been working on another two articles (one almost done) and another one just started, but now it appears that they have to wait until the dust settles.
Chris, I learned a lot from you about writing, use of visuals (eg. screenshots, examples) and especially how to research and address the points directly and avoid unnecessary stuff.
Chris, what I learned from you even in this short time, I will carry this invaluable experience with me and remain grateful to you forever!
CSS-Team (Geoff & Rabin)
I came to know you, courtesy of Chris. You are simply awesome. Those who have written for CSS-Tricks and worked with you during the editorial review process are aware that how many efforts you and Chris put into each article that are published in the CSS-Tricks. Without those editorials and behind the sincere writing guides, most articles would not be in their current published state.
Very recently, I privately approached to you & Chris (see below) to thank and appreciate your editorial efforts to bring my draft articles in the current published form, and making one of them one of the popular articles of the month.
After seeing the initial response to my latest CSS-Tricks article on Block Themes, I am reaching out to thank you both for considering on the CSS-Tricks.
Though it took me several months to prepare and write this article as part of my learning and sharing project, without your contribution this wouldn’t have received the same response on my own. I was especially pleased to read responses from Ellen Bauer and Ann McCarthy (Automattic) and others on @css twitter thread.
I owe a lot! to both of you, especially Geoff who almost re-wrote every sentence to bring to the current state – a more smooth read.
Thank you both Chris & Geoff!
Though I didn’t directly deal with you, I read the Newsletters prepared by you & Chris. I have been a regular reader of your Notes on your website. You may not know, but I have also written this Why I admire Rabin Rendle? post about you.
Your writing taught me not to worry about spelling or grammatical mistakes on a personal site, but keep writing what is in our mind for future archival.
I am sure, this post may also contain some errors and my immigrant English may sound funny to many native English speakers, but I don’t worry to share with others, it’s because of Rabin.
Thank you Rabin, inspiring me to write almost anything on this site!
Will Probably Miss!
I have been used to browsing a new article published around 10 am (CST) every day, some time even during weekends. For many years, I have been visiting the CSS-Tricks for many times in a day because Chris often writes a few new articles.
Last week, when I didn’t see any new contents posted for almost a week, even I wrote the following email to Chris & Geoff to inquire what was going on:
It’s a bit unusual for the CSS-Tricks, not to see any new updates for more than a week. Chris is such a prolific writer, often he writes a couple of new posts daily. I thought to check what was going on!
Later that morning Chris posted his Digital Ocean acquisition of CSS-Tricks post.
It’s not only the regular articles, but Chris thoughts, his collections of resource links that he finds useful to readers. There are only a handful of resource sites, beside CSS-Tricks, that get daily content updates and similar contents.
Only time will tell, how CSS-Tricks would evolve under the Digital Ocean (DO) management. Since the DO acquisition, no new articles have been posted.
Perhaps, I have to start visiting Chris’s personal site instead which got a new look already.