My focus isn't necessarily smaller projects, just work that requires less overhead; sites with complex shopping carts or bloated content management systems are not my preference. Most of the work I'm currently involved with is Ruby based, either as a full-on web app or via static site generators such as Middleman, but I'm not dogmatic about any language or framework — Node.js has some great potential and PHP frameworks have come a long way, both of these are quite fast and both are open source. It's an exciting time to be in development.
I'm located in a small town just east of Boulder, Colorado, but have worked with people as far away as Europe and as close as Denver. If you want to know more, you can browse my ramblings on Google Plus.