Web dev at the end of the world, from Hveragerði, Iceland

Web Developer Coaching

You don’t get better at web dev just by doing the job

“I’ve been coding for years, keeping up with web development, but it doesn’t feel like I’m getting any better at it."

Just doing the job you have, while essential for paying the bills, generally won’t stretch your abilities enough for you to develop your skills.

Pushing the boundaries of your capabilities at work can also be risky in this day and age.

Learning on your own works, but takes a long time as you have to rely entirely on trial and error.

Coaching—a form of mentorship—can help you break through that barrier, avoid costly mistakes, and focus your energy on more productive learning.

What my coaching offers

I can help you figure out where to focus your learning, review and offer suggestions when you’re stuck, help you figure out where to focus your reading or learning, and advise on specific coding problems.

The basic coaching plan includes two 50-minute calls on Zoom or Google Meet a month, where we talk about specific issues you’re having, and I try to help you work them out.

But, just as importantly, it means you can email me with whatever questions you have, whenever you have them, and I’ll try to answer them as soon as I’m able to.

Questions about:

  • Specific pieces of code you’re worried about.
  • How to solve a coding task you’re stuck on.
  • Is there a standard platform feature that will solve a specific problem you have?
  • Assessing potential npm dependencies for a task.
  • Language questions about CSS, JS, TypeScript, or HTML.
  • Protocol questions about HTTP or REST APIs. (Not a GraphQL person, sorry, but I will do my best to research the problem if asked.)
  • And honestly whatever you can think of. Can’t guarantee that I’ll have useful answers for everything, though.

Note on time zone

I’m based in Iceland, which means that my time zone is GMT (UTC+0). My schedule for coaching calls is open from 10:00 to 18:30.

This could make scheduling meetings tricky if you’re in a very different time zone, such as Japan or US Pacific Time, in which case the calls might have to be early in your morning or in your evening.

The plans

This is a subscription product billed on a monthly basis until you cancel. Cancel anytime from the account management page. You should also be able to manage your subscription using your Teachable account.

2 calls a month

  • 7 day free trial then $250/month
  • Interview sessions over Zoom or Meet.
  • You choose the timing and schedule.
  • As many email questions and queries as you need.

Enroll now for $250/month

1 call a month

  • 7 day free trial then $140/month
  • Interview sessions over Zoom or Meet.
  • You choose the timing and schedule.
  • As many email questions and queries as you need.

Enroll now for $140/month

Hi, I’m Baldur Bjarnason

A square headshot of Baldur Bjarnason I’ve been making websites for over twenty-five years, working as a web developer (front-end, back-end, or full-stack) for both companies and charities, small and large. I’ve written two books on topics related to software development and have been writing about web development online for years.

I also have a strong background in teaching, with experience in teaching at junior college, university, and postgraduate levels.

If I have one super-power related to web development, that would be research. Because of my academic background and years of experience, I am generally faster and more thorough in researching technical issues, standards, and additions to the web platform than most others.

I do the research necessary to figure out how to effectively use modern browser features for web development, so you don’t have to.

You can find me online at BlueskyMastodonmy blog, or my newsletter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a refund if I’m unhappy with my purchase?

If you are unsatisfied with your coaching, reach out to me and I’ll sort out a refund for the current month.

If you’re dissatisfied at any point during the first 30 days, I’ll be happy to give you a full refund.

How do I schedule my appointment?

Upon purchasing coaching, you’ll receive further instructions on how to book a time for your appointment.

I recommend scheduling the first call so that it takes place within the trial period if you can.

You can also find me on Mastodon and Twitter