“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
-George Bernard Shaw
I chose this quote today as I contemplated the creation of this blog and possibly diverging from my original career plans of Web Development, considering, just what it is that brings me joy? Art and design bring me joy. They always have, but I never thought I could make a living doing it.
That is why I chose to change careers and to pursue Web Development back in late 2015. I figured Web Development had some design capacity to it, and should provide me with marketable skills as I have always loved tech, computers, and languages. I enjoyed it immensely at first, when it was really more about design that coding. I don’t necesarily mind the coding, there is a great satisfaction in making something work or finding the bug or error that broke your page, but I don’t love it.
After I graduated this past summer I fell into a bit of gray period, all the jobs I saw were seeking experienced developers, I became overwhelmed with what I didn’t know. I graduated my program with a 4.0 grade point average, and was on the dean’s list each semester, surely I must know something!
I even lost the urge to try to fill my deficits, something I never had a problem with before. I used to love to seek out tutorials on things I didn’t know or to further my skills, I’d wake and be excited to find something new to learn or to work on each day. I was seriously a tutorial junkie for a while! I even thought of creating a site called “Tutorial Junkie” just to showcase that work!
A couple of months ago I decided to revisit the social media accounts I had set up for a my dog for the first website I ever created. They were more of a joke then, but I had just read an article about your dog becoming an influencer on Instagram, and I thought why not? I have a really cute and photogenic dog. So I started to to develop her still empty Instagram account, @fionapuppypie. I loved it and quickly grew her followers from 3 to well over 300 in about 2 months, in less than 4 months she is now at 808 followers!
I know, I am a dork. But I learned a lot, and I also learned how to create interesting content, how to enage followers, and create loyalty through developing meanigful relationships, which I seriously value.
So where to now? The future is wide open!