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I just listened to “How to Hold a Pencil”, for the first time ever and it just so happens the episode was about how a self-taught Front End Developer got started and where she is now. Lara Hogan, the developer, talked about her simple foray into coding as a child and then how she developed her skills. Hearing her back story, has my mind solidly made up to follow the advice of another web developer, to get started on developing Tumblr themes, and also to make sites for myself, to learn new skills/techniques, until I land a position in the field.

She even touched on how to figure out what’s the right area for you. “It’s really about what feels the most natural….like to change and see reflected. Maybe databases make the most sense, like maybe you really want to play with this thing. Maybe it’s the colors, maybe it’s the layouts…” Ding ding ding ding! That’s what I enjoy. I love messing with the colors, the layouts, the typography, the tiny effects that add to the site experience overall, and seeing it all come to life. This seems a lot like front end development/ UI/UX development, to me. What do you all think?

Sharing the link to podcast: http://howtoholdapencil.com/episodes/034/

On another note, first post of the year! *throws confetti*

Update: I listened to another podcast, that was also very informative. Coding Like a Boss w/ Brian Douglas. He woke up at 4am in the morning to work on developing his knowledge & skill. He also mentioned that another developer recommended to blog about what you are doing. It will one day end up supplementing your portfolio of work & resume.