A few years ago I hashed together a blog site, was completely out of my depth and Googled the life out of every problem I encountered. However, my lack of understanding and inability to communicate with the IT helpline meant it just disappeared! Months of hard work just wiped out in one click (and not my click!). I put this down to experience and vowed I would try again…….and this time be better!
Travel Blogger to Web Dev Newbie
More accustomed to travelling the world and writing about my experiences this past year has meant I needed a new hobby! Having set up a new website focusing on travel destination tips I found myself more intrigued about how it all worked behind the scenes! But where to begin? I have a full time job which is intense to say the least, and the lack of travel opportunities/breaks away from it had left me stressed out.
Inevitably I ended up burning out and in great need of some ‘looking after me time’. Not wanting to mope around I needed a hobby/distraction and this is where I find myself now, back learning!
It helps having a geek as a husband too, however our areas of interest differ, he’s more into defi & crypto. We do now have some ‘interesting’ (very dull to others) conversations about front & backend development though!
With so many resources available on the internet I have found it a bit overwhelming and to begin with I didn’t really have a clear pathway set out. My first serious learning began though when I discovered FreeCodeCamp and its literally endless list of courses. I got stuck in in no time had powered through the Responsive Web Design Certification. I still felt as though I hadn’t really ‘got it’, and needed to find another way of learning to enhance my understanding.
Twitter Web Development Community
Ive had a Twitter account for nearly 10 years and have failed to really see the attraction until now. The Web Development community seems to be one of the most sharing I have encountered. Designers freely give their code, their tips and recommendations on how to improve. Without using this resource I would never have heard of Udemy, a seemingly incredible (paid) resource, but one which I believe will be priceless to me. If you haven’t got an account, join in, it is seriously addictive!
This is exactly where I heard about this challenge! Coding for at least one hour a day for 100 days may seem like a lot but once you start you just cant stop!. I am currently on day 20 and have already come a long way! Where will I be in 80 days I wonder? People even do Round 2 and Round 3! The best part is there is no curriculum, you choose what you are interested in and pick your own path! As you will read I am mixing mine up dependant on the learning mood I am in each particular day!
Udemy – Making the ‘hard’, ‘easier’!
So far in my journey of Web Developer Newbie – How hard can it be, I have discovered that Javascipt is VERY hard. Totally new language that at the moment makes no sense. Hopefully the 6 courses from Udemy I have purchased will switch this on its head! I have begun three of them as they are complimenting each other well in their content and style of learning. At present I am a third of the way through the Web Developer Bootcamp and yesterday started ’50 projects in 50 days’. Loving it!
Codecademy – More Resources for Web Developers
So up to this point I have been using as many free resources as I can, along with purchasing some Udemy courses in their ‘Flash Sales’. They have them all the time so don’t pay full price ever! My knowledge has definetely been enhanced now I am learning using different techniques.
I then discovered Codecademy which has been another game changer. I am currently in the 7 day free trial but will be purchasing the ‘Pro’ as the different styles of are right up my street.
So my questions; Web Developer Newbie – How Hard Can It Be? Where will it take me? The truth is I don’t know, however it’s genuinely exciting! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed learning and it’s certainly filling a gap in my life at the moment.
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For a bit of a different read, try my travel blogs; will any of my destinations inspire you. Once we are allowed to travel again there are so many more countries I would like to visit. Read more here for ideas!Follow Me Around The World
- Khao Lak’s River Restaurant
- Krabis Tiger Temple Viewpoint
- Koh Lantas Best Restaurant
- Chinese New Year In Phuket Old Town
- Blondie Abroad Prints
Featured image by Howard Bouchevereau