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My 2019 in DEV Community - Top 500 Authors and Everything about ME

justaashir profile image Aashir Aamir Khan 惻3 min read

2019 is coming to its end, and it was really good. I learned a lot of things this year and did a lot of adventures, landed my first job in an amazing startup, earn some money by writing articles(I didn't think of that before) and created an online presence.

Who am I?

I'm Aashir Aamir Khan, you can call me @justaashir. I'm a teenager, started learning almost 2 years back on my own. I didn't know anything about web development before, I used the computer only for games before(as most of the kids!) but got curious about learning something about computers and earning something through it. As a self-learner,
I didn't know much about anything. I was moving to different languages every day if someone said to me that "Learn MS Excel" and I started learning Excel. one other day someone said
"Learn Photoshop", I started learning Photoshop and I was just mingling around for six months then I did a lot of research and finally decided to finally pivot to Front End Web Development and this decision was great. I almost read 1000 articles on "How to learn web development"(I still read them, just to check out!). I learned HTML, CSS and lots of theoretical things('Tutorial Rut').

I started learning Javascript and learned it almost for 2 months(not fully paying attention to it) but my kiddy mind did a little mistake, I was thinking of earning less than earning, so I dropped up Javascript by saying to mind that "It's complicated". I moved into Freelancing Market(My Biggest Mistake) with just HTML, CSS. I started selling my skills just for 5$(What?) on Fiverr, ended up with nothing,
then Peopleperhour and then at last fivesquid and wasted almost 4 months of my life.
I was too bad with my skills, too but you know(Over Confidence!) but all of this experience helped me a lot now, and now I know a lot about Market that what's up and down and what people are paying money for(Wordpress Ssh!). I left all of this and came up with a decision that I'm not going to go to freelance market places again.

I started learning Javascript and a lot of things again and tried to practice as much as possible(My Javascript Learning Method Coming Soon!) then JSX and JAMStack and now from "Over-Confidence" to "Imposter Syndrome".

I have to come Online and tell the community that I belong to it

I realize that it's time to make an online presence, I used Facebook(Shit!) for Online Presence in the developer community. almost 4 months ago, I created a twitter and learned to use it, and it was great.

I started blogging just for fun,

I started my blogging, just for fun. I found DEV on twitter and it was a turning point for me.you can read about it here,

My Accomplishments because of blogging

  • I'm part of an amazing Startup now
  • Companies are contacting me to market their products by writing for them.
  • Got 8000+ followers on DEV in just 3 months, 110,000+ views and 1700+ reactions
  • One of the Top 500 Authors of DEV
  • I know where I'm going

Top 500 Authors

I read about it when @EmmaWedekind posted it :

Then I decided that my next year's goal will be getting into the Top 500 Authors list, and I will do some real hard work for it and when I was going to sleep at night, I opened up my Gmail and found out that I'm already one of the Top 500 Authors. I was really shocked by this, Thanks DEV.

Follow me on Twitter: (@justaashir )[twitter.com/justaashir]
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Ashutosh

I also had similar issues... I think when we do not know the path... we keep on wondering... but one thing that made you different from others is that you kept on striving instead of giving up. Can you also share your self-learning journey? Also how you felt and if you felt like shit how you let that go and focused on your goals?

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Aashir Aamir Khan Author

Thanks for taking time to read. I completely agree šŸ’Æ

But in my case "de-motivation can be the biggest motivation"

I answered your question in the reply of this tweet;

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Ashutosh

wow man, that's cool... It's difficult to focus on a dream when there is no support... I conducive environment like dev community, twitter community helps in sustaining my motivation... were you also plugged in then or how was it for you?

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Aashir Aamir Khan Author

Wow man, your thoughts are amazing.
I would love to say that I was "lucky" enough that my first post on DEV blew up, got me the recognition and my first internship.

If that wouldn't have happened, I'm sure I would not write more posts.

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Pandita

Congrats on all those accomplishments!! I hope you achieve even more ;D

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Aashir Aamir Khan Author

Thanks, same thinking for you. Enjoy the upcoming holidays

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Nick Chen

Good job! Congrats

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Yash Dave

Congratulations on the achievement! Even I came across the same tweet on my feed... Now it's my aim to get in next year! šŸ˜†

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Aashir Aamir Khan Author

Thanks, I'll be really happy to see your tweet as a Top 500 Authors reminder next year for me

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Ryan Smith

Is there a place to view the top 500 authors? I'm looking for some new people to follow.

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Aashir Aamir Khan Author

I also try to find the list, but BEN or Jess didn't shared it anywhere, if anyone knows about it please can you share it here?

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rhymes

Congratulations :)

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Aashir Aamir Khan Author

Thanks alot, you're too active on DEV. You almost comment on every post I read

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Talha Shoaib

Congrats boy! Way more to go!