My friend Adam Wathan relaunched his website a few weeks ago and a new section he added was a work journal. His goal is to share once a week some of the things he is working on, problems he ran into, and just a general overview of his week.

I love the idea and I wanted to “borrow” it for this site and every Friday I’m going to try to post what I’ve been working on and thinking about each week. Since I work a full time job I’ll only be talking about it in generic terms since we deal with a lot of well-known companies that might throw a fit if they get name dropped.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the first update.

Breaking the Laravel News server

Today I had some reports that the Laravel News site wasn’t loading and sure enough the server wasn’t responding. I couldn’t SSH in and from the server control panel I could see the CPU spiked to 100%. I did a reboot and when it came back up, it was throwing a 500. Checking the log files I had a weird message:

laravel.EMERGENCY: Unable to create configured logger. Using emergency logger

Apparently, during an upgrade I missed that I needed to add a config/logging.php file. After adding that I’ve not had any more issues.


At work we often will do custom integrations for customers and I’m currently tasked with building a Facebook bot that will automatically generate a new request in HelpSpot. I started on this integration and plan to use Botman with it’s FB driver. So far I have the bot basically working and Botman is really making this easy.


I’ve continued practicing drawing and I’ve been trying to turn anything and everything into art. Here are some quick things I made with Infinity Designer on the iPad.

It feels a lot like learning to program. I’m terrible but I enjoy it so much I just want to continue making things. 

Until next week

It feels a lot like learning to program. I’m terrible but I enjoy it so much I just want to continue making things.

I hope you have a great weekend and I’ll be back again Monday with a normal post. If you ever want me to cover something or have any questions you can always comment below or shoot me an email.

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