One thing that I have trouble with is figuring out what I should say on applications that ask “years of experience”, either overall or for specific technologies. I have never been “employed” as a developer but I have been playing around in my free time (very occasionally though) with programming for 35 years and web development for nearly 10 years. I’ve made at least a couple dozen websites and web apps, sometimes using WP, sometimes from scratch.
Then, a little over a year ago, I decided to stop making it a hobby and started studying it more seriously by doing FCC and tons of other sources like videos, books, etc.
But none of this adds up to “official” experience as a web developer. But surely, all that experience, even if not getting paid for it, isn’t worth nothing. OTOH, I can’t say “10 years” experience with HTML, CSS and JS because they would then think I’m a super-expert because they’d probably assume I mean f/t experience.
So how should I answer when asked about experience? It’s not “10 years” and I don’t want to say “no experience” and the rest kind of feels like lying, which I also don’t want to do.