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The Beginning of the Next Phase

The Beginning of the Next Phase

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Today is a pretty big day for me – it’s the last day of my first full-time web development job. I began my career change journey about three years ago, and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned, and how many awesome people I’ve connected with through this industry already. I had no idea the blog I created for the purpose of documenting and keeping track of all the things I’ve learned would gain so much traction. So thank you all for reading, messaging, connecting, helping, donating, and encouraging. I appreciate all your words and actions so much! And if I don’t know you yet, please feel free to get in touch!

I’ve decided to put more time into turning this website into a viable source of income. At the moment, I make a few donations that is almost enough to cover the cost of the server, but no where close enough to being able to support me. I plan to make effective and high-quality paid courses to bring in income, either as a side hustle before looking into another full-time job, or as a way of sustaining myself. Additionally, I’ll be doing some freelancing and freelance writing. I have a small amount of current opportunities lined up, but if you have anything I should be aware of, please let me know!

Otherwise, I plan to do a bit of traveling – I just booked a one way flight to Europe, so we’ll see how that goes! It will be my first solo trip out of the country that I won’t be staying with someone I know.

Articles in Progress

Here are a few articles I’ve been partially working on that I want to publish as soon as possible.

  • My career change story, and the journey of getting my first web development job
  • A list of bloggers and web developers I follow in 2017
  • Node and npm installations for Mac and Windows
  • Create a Webpack setup to compile ES6 and Sass with hot reload on save
  • My habits and methods for being happy
  • Understanding CSS positioning with practical examples
  • Working with the DOM with plain JavaScript (no jQuery)
  • Empathy in the Web Development Industry
  • Create a PHP contact form

I’ll also be doing a lot of writing on JavaScript outside of this website.

Course Idea

My idea for a full course on web development would be a complete introduction to HTML and CSS, teaching the necessary code to build a finished website with current era design and best practices.

Anything you would like to see a course on, please let me know in the comments.

I’m excited to begin this next step in my life’s journey! No matter what happens, whether I succeed in this venture or fail, I know I’ll learn valuable things about myself and continuously grow in the career I love.


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  • Lisa says:

    As for another way to make money from the site consider Patreon. Although you put everything you plan on doing here, maybe there is a deeper insight you could share with a Patreon crowd.

  • Tracy says:

    I leave for a couple of months and get even…more…awesomer!! So happy for you! And I am loving the site redesign. Keep it up lady – your content gets me through <3

  • Curtis says:

    Tania, Congratulations! I know I’ve mentioned that you’ve inspired me previously. But to see you take this new step in your career truly makes me more inspired. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve always wanted to be able to take the leap you are now. Hopefully within the next year I’ll be able to start my journey 🙂 Keep up the great content!

  • Carsten Wendel Nielsen says:

    Dear Tania If you are thinking of setting the road past Denmark, please send me a message. Maybe I can help you. I have just discovered your website first because I want to make my own theme in WordPress. Seems your articles and teaching is super good. You can read about me at http://www.frem51.dk and, as I say, send an email if you want to Denmark for a trip. Sincerely Carsten

  • Sia Xiong says:

    your website is beautifully designed and simple. i hope you find success because i think you can really use your website to teach people web development. good luck

  • Teo Nikolaev says:

    Congrats on the next phase! Looking forward to new content on the site!

  • Andreas says:

    Well.. good luck for the upcoming part of your life!
    I’m looking forward to more awesome content on this site. (:

    I really like the course idea. Your tutorials are written in a way where some can easily follow without getting confused every now and then wich is awesome – especially for newbies. Therefore I’m sure a full course for HTML and CSS out of your hand will be amazing.

    Do you have a plan for your trip to Europe? Any wishes what you want to see? There are so many places worth traveling to.
    Btw.. if you’re stoping by in Leipzig, Germany hit me up! 😀

    • Tania says:

      Well, now I’ll be headed to Leipzig, Germany! Haha. I don’t have much planned yet, but I do plan on going to Germany actually. (Had Berlin planned.)

      And thank you! I think I could definitely write something up-to-date and beneficial for new and intermediate developers. Something that teaches what you need to know, not just an encyclopedia of everything all at once.

  • Chris Wiegman says:

    Congrats. I’ll watch for the upcoming posts.

  • H.S. says:

    Congratulations on the new phase in your career! I always look forward to seeing new articles on your site. 🙂

    I would love to see a course on theme development for static generators such as Jekyll and Hugo. Many people already teach WordPress theme development, but not many people teach developing themes for other platforms.

    I would also love to see some courses in front-end design with CSS Grid and Flexbox.

    • Tania says:

      I would absolutely include flexbox in my HTML & CSS course – not 100% sure about Grid yet. Maybe a few small mentions without going too deeply into it.

      You have seen the one small Jekyll article I wrote, right?

      • H.S. says:

        RE: Jekyll

        Yes. Thank you for the reminder. I have read the article but spaced out about it. :-p I would still like to see tutorials on Hugo (http://gohugo.io/), though, if you are interested.

        RE: More on tutorials in general

        I love how you often teach from the “generic skill” standpoint that is independent of any particular frameworks and tools. I would like to see more of that on your site. (Ex. The “You don’t need a framework” article is one of the examples.) Tools come and go, but generic fundamentals are constant and versatile.

        I’m looking forward to the future articles!