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Hello World?

Originally posted on my brand spanking new blog!


A little bit of background info: I’m a 25-year-old guy who has spent currently done 8 years (knock off a few months because of COVID lockdowns…) in Greetings Card retail, mainly in management positions. IT & programming have been an area of interest for many years, but I’ve never followed up on that interest until September 2020, when I signed up for the IT course at The Open University. Since then, I have religiously studied every week and have been learning the basics of web development, SQL and Python.

I could go on and on with the introduction, but maybe that’s a story for another time.


I created this blog months ago, but I could never get my head around what the first post should be. I recently discovered and their coding challenge…which turns out to be exactly what I need to support my studies and help me develop some more confidence in myself! Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m pretty good at my job, but I still lack the confidence to really pursue my interest and prove to myself that starting a course at 25 and (hopefully) finishing it when I’m 31 won’t mean I’m late to the programming party.

So here I am officially declaring that I’m partaking in the ‘Start to Code’ challenge and ‘Write More’ challenge! And on top of that, this post properly opens up my blog which could quite easily go in any direction.

If you’ve found your way here, then you’ve either done so through CodeNewbie or Twitter. Whichever way you’ve come from, I’ll happily direct you to the other:

I’m toying with the idea of sharing what I learn through here, as well as doing YouTube videos about them. Also toying with the idea of sharing my learning experience on Twitch. If you have an opinion or experience in either of those, please share so I can get some inspiration. After all, it was CodeNewbie that inspired me to do this blog post!


^ see what I did there? It’s ok, I thought it was clever too…

Top comments (2)

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Ella (she/her/elle)

Hey @adperci - welcome to the CodeNewbie community, we are so glad you could join us. Congrats on getting started on your coding journey and blog. It's definitely never too late to start to build the life you want to live, and props to you for taking the leap!

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Larry Martin

That's an impressive journey! Transitioning from Greetings Card retail to diving into IT and programming shows dedication and passion. Keep up the great work, and best of luck on your learning journey!
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