2 for Tuesday, belatedly ;D
- Happy Chinese New Year, the Green Wood Sheep year which is supposed to be creative and productive and peaceful! Happy New Moon in Aquarius (my sign) and welcome Pisces
- Niche vs. Lifestyle: Definitely Lifestyle – Not laser focus but several foci! I was reading How to Start a Niche Blog (and Why You Should) on CoSchedule.com, and realized that I had gone from a ‘scattershot’ but focused niche blog (on all things web in my life) to some web stuff that I am learning, but also, especially on my attendant twitter account, I have been tweeting about several non-blog things I am interested in. The fact that #RussiaInvadedUkraine and my family and elderly parents sit and worry about our family, friends, and motherland, #Ukraine, so the only thing I could do was that I *HAD* to tweet about it, and this was the twitter account ready, at hand, loaded in my browser, and able to tweet immediately and follow others (several of my other accounts are too full!) meant that I have now changed from just a ‘digiwrimo’ WordPress learning experiment blog, to a more whole (or even holistic*) lifestyle blog.
Google definition of holistic* philosophy:
“characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.”
For me, the things I am planning on blogging (and tweeting) about using this persona, are now encapsulated in my twitter profile (which I had previously left blank):
Feminist environmentalist digitalist first generation Ukie n. american
- Several of my passions – feminism, environmentalism – may be separate niche WordPress blogs, at some point?! (I had some blogspots/blogger ones that are pretty dead about these topics.) But for now, this is my platform, even if it’s just for practice. I *DO* find that the feminism influences my web work, because as #WomenInTech -a minority group, inexplicably- I am immediately a woman in tech, not just someone in tech.
- The ‘digitalist’ (a word I have been using for a long time now, as it subsumes both my development and design [left vs right brain?] sides into a holistic whole) is what webOften was originally supposed to be focused solely on, for just a limited time, during #digiwrimo 2014; but I dropped the ball on that when other digitalisms took over in ‘real life’ for a bit.
- “first generation Ukie n. american” – with the deaths on the Maidan and then a dictator (Putin, or Putler, as I think of him) killing thousands of people from my Ukrainian motherland, my family and I have been consumed with few other thoughts, so this passion took over and I had to tweet and reblog about it.
Anyway, so that’s my 2 for Tuesday (published belatedly! but written mostly on Tuesday!) -scattering focus or focused scattering? Yes.
& Happy green wood sheep!
‘Codecamps’ or code ‘bootcamps’ are all the rage right now, partly because, as NPR puts it, it’s only “12 Weeks to a 6 Figure Job” but they are not the answer for all us non-CS majors who want in on the action. I, for example, am tied to a small midwestern city at least 2-3 hours from any daily bootcamp, and due to current family constraints and the wonderfully wretched winter weather (just shoveled the driveway for an hour!) I cannot easily drive/move to attend one.
SO: I am starting my own#DIYcodecamp, as I am calling it, teaching myself how to code using these:
3 Sources of Knowledge, Learning and Goals for #DIYbootcamp
- Resources: online and print,
- Networking and Community: in-person conferences and meetups, and *real-ish* online relationships, and
- Practice and Product: diy projects, examples and results.
- Resources: I had already started using codecademy, and I just recently opened a freecodecamp account, and have been finding tons of other sources, online and off, like Coursera, Udemy, and Skillshare;
- Networking: I went to my first in-person coding meetup -outta town though, I had to drive over 2 hours, but it was fascinating and worth it! – about security exploits, and they gave us free dinner! with several more scheduled before the end of the month, PLUS the free local world IAday conference this weekend is only a couple hours drive away, and I’ve found several other local-ish small conferences for next month, even as I was writing this post! Also, again, my freecodecamp account, which says “Let’s learn to code by building projects for nonprofits” and explicitly addresses all 3 goals of resources, community and practice. I also just recently found codenewbie.org, which, so far seems to live up to its self-billing as “the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code.”
- Practice and Product: My first projects are to actually populate one of the urls I own as a portfolio, along with making some personal biz cards. Those last 2 are today’s project, which I have meant to do, for a long time, (paying for empty domains=ridiculous!) but the pressure is on because I want to be able to network at worldIADay and have something tangible for my ‘personal brand’. I appreciate that worldIADay bills itself as ‘for professionals and enthusiasts’ – I’m somewhere in there!
3 Reasons Why I’m Doing #DIYcodecamp:
- Career – my skillset needs an upgrade to catch me up to where I should be; I need a ‘real job’ that allows me to earn a good salary;
- Cost – the DIY-ness of it makes it much more affordable than the $5-15K, I have seen advertised for group bootcamps; and
- Challenge – even with my long (since the ’80’s) ‘digitalist’ background, the pace of change in computer science and information technology has been relentless. I have kept abreast of most of it: I taught web design at a community college at the turn of the millennium, worked for a major software manufacturer in tech support, and taught new media, graphics software and html (old versions) at both a secondary and a couple of post-secondary institutions. I *did* take some CS classes at the University where I was an adjunct, but that was almost 2 decades ago, and I am completely out of practice. I missed the boat on some things, like when WordPress became a CMS more than a blogging platform, and my training was limited to languages that aren’t used much any more, other than Java.
3 Challenges: (“The DIY” in #DIYcodecamp)
- Isolation* Challenge: inaccessible, incommunicado, far away, remote, lonely, solitary
- Inertia Challenge; inactivity, inaction, inertness, do nothing, stationary, stasis
- Inexperience Challenge- Knowing what I it is that I need to know, also lack of experience, knowledge, or skill
*synonyms via google
The 3 solutions to these challenges are built-into the method of #DIYcodecamp:
- Networking, and
BONUS: Product (skillset) – web and software development skills, ‘soft’ skills, completion, and a career.
-Wish me luck!