This is rather long winded. Just a head’s up. I’ve been working toward a goal of becoming a developer/programmer. I’m 42 years old, currently a welder/boatbuilder, and I can offer nothing exceptional in the way of technical knowledge/abilities/aptitude. But here’s the thing: I woke up one morning, and my first awake thought was ‘I should look into web development’. I got out of bed, went to my computer, read some articles, and within a couple minutes found freecodecamp.org. I signed up, started the course, and was almost immediately hooked. HTML/CSS was an absolute blast: creating the structure and playing with the design elements is so much fun, and now learning js (while proving to be extremely tough for me) really appeals to my inner problem solver/inventor. I can literally create tools with keystrokes! So cool!
I know there are a lot of reasons to talk myself out of this (I’m older, blue collar, living a busy family life, having trouble grasping many more advanced concepts), but I’m really determined to see this through. For my family, yes. But once successfully employed in the field, I really want to help others like me. It’s very common for blue collar types like myself to feel like they aren’t cut out for things such as this. I’ve heard that the tech community can be very welcoming and helpful, and I think I see why. Perhaps the feelings that are driving me are similar to what’s driving those that are helping out the most. I can imagine feeling immensely blessed working in such a rewarding field and feeling compelled to share that with others.
So I’ve been doing the program here, Jonas Schmedtmann’s udemy courses, whatever free material I can find by people like Brad Traversy, Wes Boz, Coding Train, etcetera, and consuming a LOT of podcasts. It seems one piece of advice I keep hearing is to reach out and connect with people. This is a challenge for me, as I’m inclined toward introversion. At the same time, I treasure authentic experiences with others. So in the name of self accountability, and getting to know people, here’s my formal introduction that will surely embarrass my future self.
If any of you have any nuggets of wisdom for me, it will surely fall on grateful ears (or eyes, rather). Anyway, pleased to meet you, campers. I hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.