I recently finished my first personal project in a while. Between my cross-country move, job searches and Corona I haven't been coding as much as I should be. Because of this my imposter syndrome increased so much and I knew I needed to combat that before it got out of control.
My first step was to take a deep look at what I know are gaps in my knowledge or things that I haven't gotten down as solid as I'd like. Some of those things are CSS pre-processors, APIs and SVG.
I then created an advice generator to get more comfortable with all of those. I learned a lot and I was so proud of how it turned out... and then I decided to post it on social media and I realized something.
My third step is something I'm trying to do more often which is post about what I'm doing and learning. That way you get more confident talking about coding and getting more comfortable with the verbiage and having people see your work.
Instagram and Twitter I post things without feeling too much pressure. I've posted problems I've had and bits and pieces along the way, whether they look good or not. It's all about the process. It's more transparent and informal.
However. I also know the importance of posting on LinkedIn and instantly my brain went in a million directions:
- What if no one likes it.
- It's not even that good.
- The design is mediocre/ trash.
- It's such a small project but still took me forever.
- It's a small project.
- It's nothing special.
Basically it boiled down to the fact that I'm not a designer mixed with imposter syndrome.
My roommate made me post it anyway and there hasn't been any interaction within the 30+ people who've seen it. But the world hasn't ended. No one's commented saying it's trash.
For me, the best way to combat my imposter syndrome is to not just code more but to post about it more. I'll create a project that mixes things I already know with things that make me want to tear my hair out in hopes of getting better.
While just one (unsuccessful) LinkedIn post isn't the cure I feel it's a huge step. I've never shared my code work there before despite the fact I want to make the switch to a front-end job.
- Figure out what you're not confident about
- Utilize those things in a project
- Share the process and/or finished project
- Talk about programming and code