My Code Story

Hello World, as WordPress likes to say.

You can find my story about why I am about to graduate college at 20 below in another post. Today I am going to talk about how I became interested in coding. (But here’s another picture of me so you can visualize who I am)

About 2 years ago now, my mom started her own massage business after working as a Starbucks barista my whole life (go mom!) and she realized what every new business owner realizes – she needed a website. Being her tech savvy teen, I searched the internet for the cheapest and best option for making a personal website, something that was so easy even I could do it. We put her website on a platform called eHost, and it worked. It was easy like Microsoft Word, and we only had to drag and drop things where we wanted them.

-see my mom’s massage business here

A few months later my dad purchased an outfitting business in Colorado. The business came with a website, and the previous web designer emailed it to me in a zipped special file. I didn’t know what to do with it, and I learned my lesson. Do not ask professionals that you do not know for help. He charged my dad almost $200 because I asked how to unzip the file. After learning that lesson, I screen shot everything from the previous website (it was still live) and built my dad a site on eHost.

-see my dad’s outfitting business here

I was feeling pretty good about myself, I had created two websites. That was easy. When a family friend, Lisa, posted on Facebook that her web designer was having a baby and she needed to replace him, I jumped at the opportunity.

If you have never worked on a WordPress site before that has been created by a professional, let me tell you it is intimidating. The first night I opened the program, I immediately became overwhelmed. I saw CODE. I did not know how to code at the time. I called Lisa and told her that we needed to change platforms, go back to good ol’ eHost and build her website with templates and drag and drop. Well, instead of listening to me, she called her web designer. I will be forever thankful for her to do that, because he then called me and told me I could do it. All I needed to do was go into the site a little bit, and it wouldn’t be as bad as it seemed. And, he told me I could email him or call him at any time to ask questions. WITHOUT CHARGING ME! Having him behind me gave me the confidence to start working in WordPress and realizing- code is the most interesting thing in the world.

-see Lisa’s website here

Fall Semester 2016 at Montana State University, I took an online digital marketing class. This class went over user experience, SEO, WordPress, and so much more. The class allowed me to dip my toes into the world of code, but I was ready to jump in.

Spring Semester 2017 at Montana State University, I did an independent study for credit based on HTML and CSS coding. My teacher is a guy named Jerry, and the most important thing I have learned this semester is this: it is ok to Google. There is way to much to coding to memorize it all. I built a pretty cool website on Notepad ++ using HTML and CSS (I’ll post pictures here somewhere).

It was the middle of Spring Semester 2017, when Justin from a company called Wise Tail was a guest speaker in my Small Business class. He told us about a program called Montana Code School that would open many doors to companies like his.

I wasn’t going to apply. But I did.

I had my interview, and an hour after it was over I received an acceptance letter ( through email).
So February 2018, I will begin attending the Montana Code School to “jump in” to the code world.

As I learn about Code, I am going to use this blog as a reminder of snippets of code I like, things I want to do again, and lessons that I learn. For the next 30 days I am going to try to post once a day, with some lessons I have learned from my independent study.

Cheers!

The Code Damsel