I always used to think I wanted to blog as a teenager/college kid, but then I would get done designing everything and bail. I think I had more fun messing around with Wordpress templates than I did blogging, which seems like a pretty strong indicator that I might enjoy web dev more than writing a blog... so here we are.
I'm 30 years old, and I'm learning to code in the hopes of becoming a web developer. I thought a blog (that I can't get caught up in designing!) would be a good way to document my progress, as well as network and continue to learn more about coding/programming/etc.
So, by way of introduction, here's a bit about me, as told through my teenage coding experience:
Age 11: I downloaded a maze maker from Neopets, and I worked for WEEKS on making my own maze for other users to play. My dad deleted it because it was going to cause ~viruses~ on our family computer.
Age 13: Not to be deterred, I told my parents I wanted to Make A Website. I can't remember if it was on Angelfire or Geocities, but something like that. Anyway, it was biographical in nature. The background was red. Most of the content was devoted to how Legolas from Lord of the Rings was dreamy.
Age 14: Does anyone who grew up in the early 2000s remember buddy4u.com? The name sounds mega sketch, but I did code a dope profile on there for myself with rainbow text that I linked to in my AIM away message, like a classy teen. I was strongly inspired by a friend at the time who figured out how to get "My Boo" by Usher to play on her profile.
Age 15: Got deep into Myspace customization. I made my own top 8 and put my crush at #2 instead of #1 so as not to seem too thirsty.
Age 17: ADAMANTLY resisted the big move to Facebook because you couldn't make it pretty, gave in eventually.
In the years since my teenage coding explorations, I hopped around several college majors (graphic design, government) before settling on English. I've since earned two English degrees, and I now work in higher education.
Though I've enjoyed my career thus far, I'm feeling the time for a change. The landscape of higher ed is changing in some ways I don't love, and quarantine has taught me that I love working from home. I'm hoping to spend the next year or so teaching myself how to code so that I can become a web developer and hang out in my house all day with my dog who would rather be left alone but also all up in my business, as her mood dictates.
So this is the beginning of my journey. I'm excited for all I will learn in the coming months, and I hope I actually keep this blog up like I'm planning to!