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Dev as a Hobby?

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Hey y’all. Little bit of a RANDOM topic/thing I’m pondering for y’all. I have enough skills that I’m getting bored with tutorials quickly. However, I don’t have enough interest to commit to any kind of project any length of time. Dev is kinda in a hobby slot for me right now, and I have time to put towards it. However, I’ve had trouble doing just that. I can’t lose interest in dev either though, I’m very curious how things work, how things are built, I spend time thinking of things I might want to put my time towards in the dev space. I just haven’t found something as a hobby in the dev world to consistently put my time towards.

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From what I understand of you situation:

  • You like dev
  • You're starting to being proficient at it
  • You bored by tutos
  • You have time for more
  • You haven't found motivation

Basically, you have the "blank page" syndrome or "writer's block". So that's totally a normal part of your journey.

I won't give better advises than the herd you can find on the Internet, but here what's working for me:

  • Start small and then go smaller (doing a thousand little piece is more rewarding)
  • Don't bandwagon (doing the same thing as everyone else is not fun)
  • Try weird stuff (inspiration come in many form, play around with every feature you can find) All my dev stem from me not being able to find the tool I want. I created Pencil.js more than a year ago because I couldn't find an OOP drawing library.

Good luck 😉

 
  • Take a breather. Tap into problems and creativity so as to create your very own personal project.
  • Be an expert in some sub-topics
  • Create a product
  • Write a blog
 

Maybe you need to view dev as a means to an end. What else do you spend time on outside of dev? Think of ways dev can help in those areas. Combining several of your interests is a great way to maximize your time. Also, start small. You would be surprised what a large impact finishing a tiny project can produce :)

 

some tips:

  • improve third-party systems
  • pentests
  • web scraping
  • data mining
  • artificial intelligence
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