Coding is hobby for me. It really has nothing to do with my day job, though I hope someday that will change.
At the time I didn’t even know another web developer or programmer. Instead, I just took every imaginable online tutorial I could find until I understood how things worked and could start building apps of my own. It was hard work but it felt empowering to be able to learn a skill that is as much an art as a science; in fact, I would say coding taught me how to learn much more effectively.
The first years were frustrating. I remember spending days debugging an issue, or over a week trying to push an app online. For a time, I lacked the confidence to post questions on Stack Overflow out of fear of asking something dumb or obvious. Nothing came easily, but any success pushed me further. Even when it wasn't, it was fun. Now I look back at the struggle as a necessity in learning. And so I still wake up every day to poke holes at the pieces I have yet to understand.
As the Internet taught me to code, this blog is my opportunity to give something back. I told myself if I learn something that others aren’t talking about, I’d pay it forward. If I can’t find a tutorial on how to do something, I’d figure it out and share, as others had done for me.