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Code Newbie

devindford profile image Devin Ford 💻🚀 Updated on ・2 min read

The other day was a Monday, and on Monday, like most people I look at it as a fresh week. A week where I can start anew, and decide what direction to take my life for the week, month, year, and beyond. Diets, workout plans, job goals, and learning all start on Monday, and for most, myself included, you fall flat on your face by Tuesday like the creature of gross habit you are. I joke, but only a little, because i can attest to the fact that I have done this process more times than I'd like to count, with everything I listed and more.

I've started Monday with egg whites and one slice of plain wheat toast, and then finished it with a 10 piece spicy nugget from Wendy's (if it's not spicy, you're wrong) and said to myself, "We will start again on Monday." I feel like that happens with most "goals" or "resolutions" we make with ourselves to do better and do more. Spicy Nuggets

Since I was young it has always been this way, but I've finally decided to start something and stick with it, because at 30 years old I've wasted enough time breaking promises to myself to improve my life. I've always been interested in computers, and I've always disliked school, but not learning. I enjoy learning, if I enjoy the material I'm learning about, and I’m not being forced by someone else to do it.

With that said, two months ago I began learning to “Code” and if you’re like me, you were not sure exactly what that meant, other than what you’ve seen in movies and on TV which are baseless and completely off 99% of the time. I realized that once I got that first “Hello World” to show up on a website after typing in some code into a text editor, this was what I wanted to do.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, and I publicly committed to do 100 Days of Code on twitter, as a way to not only hold myself accountable, but also to give myself some drive and direction in what I'm doing and avoid that “Tutorial Hell” everyone talks about.

Now I've committed my second solution to the Frontend mentor challenge site, I've been coming along with CSS and while I may still be getting stuck on some positioning things, the fact that I've got grid down even a little bit makes me ecstatic. You can check out that project here!

So I am also going to do my best to update this blog regularly, to keep myself fresh, and to hopefully teach some concepts along the way, and I’m sure I will make a fool of myself by posting improper code more than once. I look forward to hopefully meeting other like minded people, who are in a similar boat, and want to make the transition into coding/programming at a later stage in life.

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Becoming a self taught developer at 30. I tweet about how I'm doing it while providing the resources I've used along the way to hopefully help others.

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I have been struggling with same things as you lately. One thing I noticed, if I’m not focused on the outcome I don’t procrastinate as much. I read somewhere that one should fell in love with the process, and I have been trying to do that. If I’m not feeling like it, I might watch some Twitch stream and fool around coding some stuff, and sometimes I notice that I haven’t been watching the stream at all. Sometimes I won’t do anything productive but it’s still better than nothing!

Good luck with your project!

 

I understand that completely! I have those days myself, but the process I’m growing to love, but it certainly has moments I can’t stand 😂

I’m looking forward to more of this journey, and meeting more awesome people along the way.

We got this for sure!!

 

The same situation, bro. Good luck and inspiration!

 

Thank you!! Same to you, keep on crushing it!!