So, like many closet nerds around the world, I’m learning to code.
I guess ‘closet nerd’ is not entirely accurate … my childhood obsessions included The X-Files, Myst and The Lord of the Rings. Yep, I was the student scrawling the entire Rhyme of Rings onto the bottom corner of the whiteboard before homeroom started. Ironing prints of the Doors of Durin onto t-shirts for friends’ birthday presents.
Nope, strangely enough, I was not a popular teen.
But looking back, it was inevitable this would happen. I grew up on and loved Macs (hellooooo Kid Pix (not a name you’d get away with these days), Lemmings, Prince of Persia!). I still love sci-fi and still feel awed looking at pictures of space and space travel (while understanding none of the specifics or physics).
So at some point it was probably inevitable I would try to learn coding.
Anyway, for me, this post is to mark Day 0 of learning in public.
I’m going to journal the little and big things I learn, and how I do it.
Okay, ‘blog’ is more accurate but saying I will ‘journal’ makes it feel more exciting. As though, to continue the Myst theme, I’m an explorer noting down new discoveries in a red leather notebook (IYKYK).
It’s a little daunting. Most my work has usually involved scanning for and preventing mistakes, at all costs avoiding sounding like a novice … so I’m thinking of this as the anti-perfectionist challenge.
After all, richer learning happens alongside other people and often progress comes through, or after, moments of failure. And at the very least if I share the resources I find, hopefully down the track another newbie finds it helpful.
So, Day 0 is on paper! Into the ether! No going back, now 😬.
I’ll be reporting back about my experience with the the first week of SheCodes Basics.
In the meantime, here is a picture of my little man for your viewing pleasure: