Except a good job with great benefits, 12+ years of professional experience and all the knowledge and skills that came with that experience. I’ve also worked with some great people, my peers respect my professional opinion and I can even call some lifelong friends. I’ve been at this a long time and it’s not that I don’t have anything to show for it (as stated above) I just don’t have what I wish I could show for it. I don’t have an app, I don’t have a popular blog, I don’t have an active community or large email list and that’s ok. I’m ok. I enjoy what I do and I get paid to do it, I’m more than ok - I’m one of the lucky ones.
My name is Fernando Blanco but most people call me Nando. I’m a father, husband and professional web developer. Although the title’s a bit clickbaity, I honestly feel that way sometimes and I bet some of you do as well. It’s hard not to want to release something when it feels like everyone and their mother has a service, framework and/or library. It’s easy to feel inadequate because you’re not using the latest web technology that happens to be the focus of every article in your feed. I understand! The dev world moves so fast you can easily feel left behind by enjoying a weekend without your phone.
I've been at this a long time and I DO have something to show for it.. And so do you! If you’re just starting, at minimum, you have the drive (or you wouldn’t be starting). If you’ve been at it for a couple of years, you have a project or 2 that you’re really proud of or that really challenged you to become a better developer. Career devs, we got it good: we’re in the field that we love and we get paid regularly - FANTASTIC!
If you honestly feel that you have absolutely NOTHING to show for it, not even a drive to continue… then why are you doing it? Personally, being a web developer isn’t only my profession, it’s my passion. I know it may sound a bit corny but I’m serious. I love this stuff. I used to come home after work and get right back on the computer to work on some side project or finish some work stuff that had me excited. I still would if the wife wouldn’t kill me and kids would let me. If I’m reading an article on my phone, 9/10 times its dev related. I frequently forward articles to coworkers after hours and sometimes get comments like “you know it’s after hours right?”. Yes but the article was interesting and I wanted to share!
Anyways, I sometimes feel crappy about just developing at work and/or not coming out with something cool and useful but that's going to stop. This article is step 1 of my plan. :)