We're All Learning Here

I'm creating this blog so I can help someone with what I've learned about web development.

Hello, world! Here’s another blog about web development. I’m a relative newcomer to the web development industry, and while it may seem pointless to add yet another entry to the roster of dev blogs out there, I have several reasons for wanting to do it:

  • I’ve been using open-source software heavily for several years now, and I’m starting to feel the urge to jump in and become a more active part of the community.

  • I learn things better when I teach them to others, so as I’m learning (and I have a lot to learn!) I want to use this blog as a vehicle to explain what I’m learning, and thus hopefully solidify my own understanding.

  • It works as an “accountability journal,” encouraging me to more actively work on my projects so I have something to write about.

  • Octopress is really fun to use.

  • Above all, I hope that, once in a while, I’ll be able to help somebody.

That last reason is the most important. As I said before, I’m fairly new to web development, and for the past year-and-a-half or so I have been devouring information on it wherever I can get it. Sites like the Tuts+ network are incredible sources of knowledge that I’ve benefited from extensively. But also, there are lots of those lesser-known personal dev blogs that I’ve received a lot of help from. These are developers that write about the work they do, and when they come across tricky problems or discover cool new ways of doing things, they write about that so that everyone else can benefit from their experience. Many times I have turned to the Internet with some baffling problem and found the answer on some blog I’d never heard of.

That is what I want this blog to be. I hope that in documenting my experiences as a developer, I can help some other learner who is dealing with the same problems I have found. After all, we’re all learning here in this industry, and we all have something to teach each other.

So thank you for reading, and here’s to learning!