During the last half of 2016 I was doing a lot of thinking about where I want to take my career. For many years it has been in the back of my mind that I would enjoy life as a web developer. I halfway had my mind made up that I was going to make the switch from my current IT job into the coding world.

I spent many hours researching online classes, reading articles, and watching YouTube videos. I picked out a few courses and set my sights on Front-End development because it felt like the most obtainable to me. Meaning, I already knew HTML and CSS, so all I needed to do was learn JavaScript. I was already familiar with it, as I had played around with it quite a bit. However, I wasn’t at the point where I could code it on my own without using code snippets from existing samples. I’m aware that there are many more things to learn- such as JS libraries and things like SASS- but it’s those three pillars that make up the foundation for building the rest of my skill set on.

I bought a few courses from websites like Udemy, Coursera, and Code School and got to work. Lately, I’ve been brushing up on HTML and CSS. Basically, starting over as if I was a complete beginner, even though I felt like I was beyond that. I wanted to go over it all again with a new perspective. I knew that someday- hopefully soon- I would be getting paid to code. I need to take the learning process more seriously now, because when I land a job I would be expected to be an efficient and effective developer. I need to keep that in mind while reviewing topics I’m already familiar with and learning new ones.

It’s now 2017 and my mind is fully made up. I want to land a job as a Front-End Developer before the end of the summer.

Hello, World.

Developer’s log, January 2nd, 2017. On a mission to become a Front-End Web Developer.

My first blog post here. I will be using this platform to track my progress from novice-ish web development skills to landing a job. This blog is primarily just for me. I’m not expecting anybody to actually find this space. I am also doing this to have something to present when it comes time to start job hunting.

I’ve been casually studying and playing around with making webpages for many years. A majority of my skills are self-taught. However, my Dad introduced me to computers and webpages when I was a kid and I have taken a few basic HTML and CSS classes at Bellevue College. I’ve helped friends and family with some simple projects, but I have never accepted a paid gig. So that’s why I say novice-ish. I know enough to build a basic webpage, but that’s about it at the moment. I really enjoy it though! I’ve recently decided to take the next step, and get an actual job in the field. I am setting my sights on Front-End. So, here I have created a simple blog for me to log my progress. It’s free so you might see a few ads. We’ll see how it goes.

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
– Plato