I took 5 days off work, split either side of the Easter bank holiday weekend and the plan was to do as much coding as possible, and end up with quite a few websites.
Things haven’t quite gone to plan.
For the Easter weekend, I was relying on my Surface to be able to do some coding – I was hoping I’d get 3-4 hours a day done over those 4 days, as I was visiting family so couldn’t spend all day coding.
Unfortunately after an hour on the train, my surface decided to restart without warning. It then proceeded to take 2 hours until it finished restarting, by which point I had almost arrived at my destination.
Frustrating but I managed to usurp it by leaving my charger on the train. Really not helpful!
Then after the Easter weekend, I managed to develop a mild illness, which is progressively getting worse. I did still manage a reasonable amount of coding the last couple of days but my brain really isn’t up to it today – not sleeping isn’t helping either.
Needless to say, I have not achieved my goals.
That said, I have made good progress.
Firstly I have almost completed the website for my first ever client. I am just awaiting some product photographs from him so I can complete it. Though he has gone very quiet! I don’t even know if he likes what I’ve done.
I have also almost finished my weather forecasting website. There is just one thing annoying me that I cannot work out how to fix, which is the jquery that manages the various navigation aspects. I’ve taken a step back so I can think about it.
Then I finished the website for the house/techno event that I help run. That was quite simple, though it took some time to make it look right. I think it is finished, but being a bit of a perfectionist, I’m still not ready to accept that it is done.
My random fruit generator offered me different types of challenges. One I haven’t yet worked out is my wonky flexbox with 5 or 8 items. I also had to get to grips with TweenMax for some animations which had me stumped for a short while. Still a few bits that need sorting so only 80% done.
Most importantly though, I’ve really enjoyed my time coding.
I’m under no doubt whatsoever that this is my future. I can spend 2-3 hours coding, researching, testing things – completely in the zone. Something that simply does not happen in my current non-coding job. I can use my creativity, I am constantly challenged and continually have a sense of fulfillment – excitement too!
There is still a way to go until I have a portfolio that I’d be happy with, and there is only a month until I intend on starting to apply for jobs. Progress has been made.