Some time ago, when I sat down to update my resume, my brain was gurgling (so apt the imagery) over how to tell my tale in just a few paragraphs. After literally days of doing so, I did come up with something, and I thought I’d use that here in the blog, for you to get to know me a little better.
TRADE SUMMARY. ___
My most basic disposition is mainly acquiring knowledge – I am generally curious and I end up searching and looking around, trying to figure things out. That was why I was a voracious reader, and I believe my love for reading was what fueled my inclination to write.
When technology came in, it practically made my ‘dreams’ come true. I got intro’d to computers (and technology in general) at age 11 when I first laid eyes on an IBM desktop computer in my cousin’s house. Little did I know I’d acquire my own in 1989. Despite stops and starts, tinkering with that newfangled notion had been a constant activity for me over the years.
One of the passions I discovered I had was designing. I was able to get my hands on a program that created layouts (which was probably the granddad to Pagemaker) and I spent countless hours making newsletters (and what-nots) just for my glee. The internet was unknown then in my location and it only caught my attention sometime around 1995/6. The hard disk being miniscule then, I resorted to saving info on floppies and then so-called “hard disks,” the 3.5 version.
For years, I was more of a consumer, though, than a producer, since my forte was (and is) writing. Formal training on anything IT related wasn’t much of an option those days at my end, since it was expensive and was meant mostly for those aiming to be pros. Even writing back then was not a legit profession. Hence, I did more browsing and surfing, the bulk of knowledge back then either the result of self experimentation, or a sharing community.
However, at the start of the Web 2.0 phenomena, things changed as it ushered new ways of doing things. That stimulated the ‘student’ in me and I began again to acquire more and more new knowledge. Since then, I haven’t stopped learning.
TECHNICAL BACKGROUND. ____
My legitimate specialty is writing. My training is such that I was grilled in the basics of the language that I write in, to be able to use it for the purpose I intend it, or for those who hire me to do work for them. So I guess that’s why I ended up with a writing OCD. That sounds like a course. Oh, that was a joke, by the way, being OCD, I mean (nervous laugh). Will never get a job if ever (mumble).
To be transparent, English is not my native tongue, but I was born bilingual. Meaning, although my country has its own local language, our citizenry use English alongside it as a medium of communication. So I was weaned in both as I grew up, both in speaking and writing. I hope soon to do official proficiency exams for proof of skill. Oh, so much work to do.
As of now, experience and intensive study is all I have to show for tech skills (scratches back of head with a grin sheepishly). If truth be told, I was supposed to follow the path of a programmer back in college, but I chickened out. Yes, feathers and all, I cowered in fear of ‘teh (sic) maths’ which was the exact reason why, yes, I ended up studying writing. Le sigh. To compensate, since I started out knowing absolutely nil/zero/nothing about how a computer worked, I spent every waking moment on it since then trying to figure how this and that worked.
I can be called Flowmarch. It actually contains the first letters of my full name. Really full name, I tell ye. From my mother’s to my current’s. Can’t get any fuller than that.
Technically, if one has not gone to formal school, you’d say one is self-taught. In my case, though, I rather say that I am community-educated. Any of the modern developing skills I acquired has been the product of such generous groups of individuals and collectives who “gave back” by making information and educational materials available online for free to those like me.
So this is a huge shoutout to The Odin Project.
I had forgotten exactly how I stumbled upon them but I thank the linkflow that led me to them. Sometime ago, I tried a few coding schools but for some reason, I personally didn’t feel as “full,” so to speak. However, this site, I think, addresses precisely the need of someone enthusiastic to learn who’s not a total beginner but doesn’t know where to go exactly, on the way to being at least a competent enough coder. It also helped me choose and focus on which aspect of web development I was more interested or inclined in. Here’s looking forward to learning.