1st December 2013

Where has the year gone?!

Well today is the first of December. 23 days till christmas! 30 days till 2014! So I’m left wondering whats happened to 2013. Its gone really quickly and it only seems a few days ago that I was starting my first night course at AUB back in January. So this leads me to asking What have I achieved this year?

  • I’ve set up my own business. I’m still debating whether this was a great idea. I think if I were to do it again I would have set myself up as a sole trader rather than a limited company. That said, its been a really interesting year in business and I’ve learnt alot.
  • I’ve completed 3 night courses. These have been the foundation to me turing my life around towards a career within IT and web design/development. I also met some great people on them and we are still in touch.
  • I’ve continued my learning through Treehouse, earning over 7,000 points to date. I’ve learnt HTML, CSS, abit of Javascript, PHP, Bootstrap, How to run a business and more recently WordPress.
  • I’ve taken these new skills and created my business website(www.nothing-nowhere.co.uk) and this one.
  • I’m now marketing my skills for web design and I am growing my client base
  • I’ve been to a few web conferences and engaged with the web community. Again, I have met some great people and seen some fantastic presentations

And the year isn’t over yet. I’m hoping to get to 10,000 points on Treehouse before the new year. I’m currently learning about WordPress which beautifully ties up HTML, CSS and PHP and combines it with a CMS (content management system). This will tie in with a new project that could be in the pipeline (more on this in a future post). I’m hoping to integrate this blog with WordPress, which should make it more user friendly(introducing pagination, article snippets and readers comments) and more search engine friendly.

As you may have noticed, my about page is up. I will continue to improve this and my next page will be some kind of music page. its unlikely that this will be up before the end of 2013 but you never know.

I’ve also almost competed the Dead Rising 3 story line on my Xbox One. Thought I’d mention that.

I’ve been asked where I get the time to do all of the things I do. My response was that I work minimal hours in retail, just enough to get me by, and then spend any other hours doing web related stuff. Whether its reading magazines, looking on tech websites, learning on Treehouse or actually coding. Its actually become a passion which I really enjoy and find really interesting. I do give myself a break sometimes, especially on days where I’m not in the right mindset to do coding, but I find the promise of leaving the retail industry and moving into a professional sector with a pay rise to match, highly motivating.

I just take each day as it comes and try to make the most of it.