I really wanted to start a blog around this time last year. I really did and I regret not doing so. I was still in school, working at a call center during the day and riding my bike in the Colorado winters 4 miles down and back for night school. I’d later learn that everything I learned at the community college was outdated, but I did do a few very important things.
- It got me an interview at my current company.
- Introduced to the very basics of programming.
My blogging plan was to follow my experience going from someone just about finishing school and to their very first paid internship. Hooray no more answering phone calls for a living! Well school got fairly busy and I honestly slacked off in writing the blog. I origionally got the idea from John Sonmez over at simpleprogrammer.com. Their is even a 3 week course that walks you through the entire process.
I didn’t have a car at the time, so I rode my bike and took 3 buses to get from Fort Collins, CO to the office in Boulder, CO for the interview. It was in February and thankfully in the mid 50s. Interview went really well, and the next day as I was writing the thank you letter I got an email from HR that they are moving to a formal offer for the Summer 2015 internship. Internship went well and I eventually landed up on the Front End Development team after it.
I again restarted this blog after wishing I had posts of what I was doing during the first few weeks of the internship, the middle and the stressful last few weeks with everyone wondering if they were getting offers or not.
John Sonmez was a big motivator in his free blogging course and is like the Tim Ferriss of software development/lifestyle design. His course pushes homework on you and to my pleasant surprise, he responds to every email I have sent. I definitely enjoyed the course and his advice on simpleprogrammer.com is more and more helpful as I settle into my new developer role. The actual course link is here
The blog will be about all the things I experience in my first year as a front-end web developer. Expect to see course content on all things HTML, CSS and JS and how to extend your soft skills to have successful code reviews, standups and taking initiative on presentations.