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Week 1 – 4 days in and a long way to go

It’s Day 4 of my starting my coding experience online. (Well it’s not my first time starting a coding course, but this time I’m following actually guidelines instead of fishing without a hook).

Last night I printed off my notes in ‘text edit’ off my computer and I was reviewing all that I had learned so far, which brought some kind of self-accomplishment for the first 3 days that I had powered through, although I felt like I was a fish out of water, slowly but surely the course context was coming together regardless of how frustrated that I may have gotten.

There are so many things I have to learn but since my phonemail with Suzannah R. from Bloc.io, I feel a little clearer in what direction I should be moving in (marginally) and when I spoke with her on Monday lunchtime, she offered me a $500 scholarship for attending their Web Development Back-end (Ruby on Rails) course. I was flattered, but I have to apply to attend the course by March 31st – and at this point I think I have a long way to go with learning a few more fundamentals on my own before I fork out that cash.

I do think the program sounds completely beneficial, with mentoring and weekly goals and tasks to challenge and make you grow,  it really sounds amazing, but with a strict budget and a few brain cells left I have decided to do a little self-learning and online courses.

The more you know the more you realise you don’t… know anything

It has been a whirlwind of a month. I have done research from crash courses to 12-week intensive programs and college accredited degrees. Free programs and certifications to online courses that cost thousands… *and no I don’t want to give you my email and accept offers from third party affiliates*

Over the past week, I went into heavy research about the quickest way to get the 411 on coding, programming or something to piece together all the information I’ve taken in but been able to digest because I have no idea where it goes or where it fits. I feel like I’m fishing without a hook, so I need some linear direction and clarity. I spent hours looking at schools from all over the world online and on campus, and set up some phone calls or online meetings with education “guides” to suck me in and lock me into their employers business! (No, that’s not all true… but there is a little bit of a smidgen of truth in that)

Today, I spoke with Susannah Ryan from Bloc academy (http://www.bloc.io), who ran me through a few programs. She sounded like a sweet woman, telling me of her recent travels to my homeland of Australia (I was so impressed when she pronounced Melbourne correctly. “Mell-bin”). She asked me a few brief questions about my experience with coding and asked why I was interested in the programs and then she ran me through a few of the courses before asking me which course I’d be interested in. “Ummm, Susannah. If I can be blatantly honest with you Darling. What’s the difference between Front-end and back-end Web development?” I felt like the most novice of beginners she’s possibly ever spoken with, but she outlined the two in simple terms.

Front End Programming allows users to create an interface without having to refresh a page. Kind of like watching a twitter feed load in real-time without refreshing each time a new comment is added, or being able to chat in google chat while in gmail.

Back End Programming on the other hand, is more data orientated and deals with a more intricate set of parameters. Interweaving searches with Programs like Pinterest or a Real Estate Website would be data heavy (with all the options, a programmer has to create an algorithm to find the search criteria a user is looking for)

… well now I know… but that made me have more questions.

We had to reschedule another appointment, because I had a few more questions and she had more people to attend to that probably had much more in-depth questions than from and back end programming – so we’re rescheduled for Monday. At first I was aching to get more information on the spot so I could get signed up and on my way into “coding”, but I am welcoming the weekend for some research and some online coding courses myself.

Why should I spend thousands of dollars on coding courses when it’s all available online, I thought.

The self-talk is endless in my head. *Ugh – well let’s just see how much I can accomplish over the next two days and go from there. Let’s see how committed I am to some coding online – perhaps even buy the USD$95 certificates that go with the course after the examination to add to my resume. (Now that’s not a bad idea). The idea of a 12-16 week course sounds amazing and I am sure that the money is warranted and justified, but I think maybe I should do some of these online courses I found to get the ball rolling.

It’s crazy how this is all so new to me. I have been “working” for months on trying to build this site (and by working, I mean constantly researching sourcing and learning online) – my Step-Mother refers to Muszu as an “idea” (which drives me batty, since I work hard on it), but it really has occurred to me that all the “overnight success” you see didn’t happen overnight. It’s the hard, gruelling, annoyingly intricate and little things that you have to work through and push open that make it look like it happened overnight, but this is work. Regardless that I’m not being paid for it, it’s not a labor of love yet, but its driven by passion. So with this passion, my ass is going to HTML this weekend and get some coding language under my belt with a better idea on which way I am heading at this very moment. I think these little steps will make a huge difference.

http://www.w3schools.com will be my bible for the next few weeks, so I’ll keep you posted on how it’s all going. Who’da thunk! But you gotta do what you gotta do, so I’m going to do it.

The Seedling – My First Blog Post

Clearly for me – I am the creative type but surely not destined to be a web developer, coder, under-stander-er of the language of computers and all the above. I have spent the best portion of my whole week, and it is right now sitting at 4:37pm on the East Coast of America trying to navigate through Domain names and Web-hosting to running through YouTube webinars, seminars and a whole lot of “Arghhhhhhs” trying to figure out what all the blogs, hosts and forums have to say about starting off your website using WordPress.

Well, color me donkey (no disrespect to Donkeys – I like a good ass) but I must be the stupidest person out there. Although I somehow configured KODI into my new Amazon Fire Stick last night without one tough of help. (Okay so I used YouTube again. Thank God for YouTube)

I have tried 3 hosts in 3 days; uploaded and downloaded the entire Wikipedia catalog x 1000 and ran myself crazy with what the hell plugins, permalinks, caches and what the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is, and I still have no clue.

After a week of trial and all error, I can say that my effort was remarkable and that my apparent-love for my belongings was almost challenged on numerous occasions against any wall in site, but alas I am here in one piece. A little brain fried and still forlorn, but apparently this is what my Mother calls progress. “We all have to start somewhere Tullie”. At this very moment I have to see the good in it, it’s about all I can see through bloodshot eyes and keep going, so instead of trying to build a Forbes Top 30 best websites of 2017 overnight with no experience, I am going to start from scratch and go with a blog. Maybe that way I can also attract the people I want to work with instead of bots or hiring someone to do a task and leave. (I forgot to mention that this week, I had also posted on Craigslist.com trying to find a WordPress Developer and was drowned in an inbox of resumes with an ocean of web pages to visit to see their last work results) (I have to give it to India – I have received a total of 12 calls over a 24 hour period of different prospective web-developers who claim to live in anywhere from New Jersey to Dallas, and said they were free at anytime but couldn’t meet with me due to their busy schedules – I think it has something to do with being in another Country all together, but I could be wrong.)

Craigslist Web Developer Post (Bad idea)

It was a little over 5 years ago that me and two of my greatest friends came up with this great concept for a website and after giving it some breathing room (yes, maybe a lot of breathing room and 5 years later) it still hasn’t been done.  What is it you ask? – ahhhh that cannot be all told. (can’t have you internet and web-developing Wizards out there creating the little beast I am about to birth before me just because of a few little intelligence glitches), so instead I am happy to share with you a little about me and why I came up with the “all-allusive” MUSZU.

Muszu, the name of my website love-child. Why a love child? Because I plan on making it with a number of amazing people who want to be part of a team. My vision is to be working with a group of people who are not only outgoing and qualified, but who love what they do and want to be with a team who will support their dreams, desires and goals while working on a project that helps to grow other peoples dreams, desires and goals. (Talk about a good circle of Karma)

Why is it important that I only work with people who want to be part of the team – simple! I want every single person to wake up every day with purpose and direction. I have worked in jobs where I slaved pay-check to pay-check without growth, and although I felt I had a purpose, I felt used and wasn’t able to grow from that position. I felt underappreciated and undervalued although I knew I was bringing more than my fair share to the pie. People need to be appreciated and wanted in a role (otherwise why else would it need to be filled?) I want each person to know their role and grow, in any which way they wish to do so while keeping the company growing and glowing. Make sense?

So I will start here with the blog, reach out to who I know and hope to meet and grow from a very, very, very humble place… a seed.