Hi, my name is Jim and I'm a coder.
I've been secretly coding off and on since 1980 when I tried the gateway code, BASIC. I kicked the habit after a couple months, except for a few hits during my college days. But then I put down the keyboard and didn't touch the stuff for many years. I started a career running nonprofit social service organizations and started a family.
About six years ago I was looking for something to turn me on again. I'd been around Code a lot, but hadn't really touched the stuff. You know, playing on the computer, surfing the Internet, but I hadn't picked up Code and actually messed with it myself. Well, that was until about 2007. Some friends of mine were talking about the new thing called blogging. Yeah, I knew I shouldn't try it, but I started a Blogger account. Within a few months I had a couple blogs and had moved to the harder stuff...self-hosted WordPress sites. It didn't take long for me to want to go deeper. You know, try the raw stuff, mess with the Code.
I dabbled at first, HTML, some CSS. It was trippy, but I kinda liked it. I even did some PHP. I mean, I did it alone, so I wouldn't hurt anyone if it went bad. But the more I did it, the more I wanted.
At one point I was able to put it down for about four years. But a couple months ago, I found that it was becoming more acceptable. I mean, I even found a podcast that talked to other addicts and let them tell their stories. And they acted like it was good to Code. Wow, this was crazy! A podcast that actually encouraged people to do Code. Who would believe it? I've been listening for some time now and I'm looking to make Code and maybe even help others get hooked.
Yeah, I don't want to do it alone anymore. That's why I'm here. I'm leaving the desk and going public, I'm a newbie Coder, and I want MORE. Glad to be here and looking forward to joining in on the journey.