I’ve had a computer in front of me for as long as I can remember. My parents had an Atari computer, you know, the one with the floppy disk drive and a keyboard, instead of the much more popular dedicated video game system. Oh, you don’t know? Not surprising.
Also doesn’t matter. What matters is that for as long as I can remember, I’ve been working with computers.
Which is why it was so odd that when time came to choose a career, one in computers was one I wanted to hide from. I know my reasons, but even I knew they were off.
Especially since every job I’ve ever held has led to me being deeply involved in the computers and/or technology of the company.
Last week I made a decision to begin my education again (more on that later), and in the past 2 weeks of working with(learning) the Python programming language, I have been able to create a computer program which is capable of doing pretty close to everything I had already been doing in my job. I have already figured out how to create a new tool which will fix an issue that the company doesn’t even realize it has yet, which I believe I’ll be able to craft tomorrow.
In other words, with just a little bit of effort (okay, I’ll take a bit more credit, I’ve been cramming hard for the past 2 weeks), I’ve been able to completely change my skillset, and suddenly today I’ve started looking at what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years in a completely new light.
All because I allowed myself to actually study something that interests me, something that’s a marketable skill, I’ll add. Something that I should have been studying for the past 20 years. Something I was doing when I was 8…
So, yeah…I started taking classes online, mostly just to see if I could actually get into it again. The idea was that I would start with some of these free classes just as a test and if so, then I would go full bore…I didn’t get through the testing phase before plowing much more deeply into things than I had intended to at full bore.
And I’m pretty darn excited about the stuff I’m learning.
What does this have to do with writing? Well, actually, both very little, and a whole lot. Now that I’m thinking about what I can new with my newly burgeoning skills, I’ve got some ideas for new forms of written entertainment…things that are still percolating. Things that could be a heckuva lot of fun.
But mostly, I’m just really excited to be learning new stuff again and wanted to share it with you.
By the way, since they’re giving me all sorts of free knowledge, I feel I should give them a plug in return. Udacity.com is an incredible site. Purely incredible. And they offer every single class for free. They have something they call nanodegrees you can pay for, but if you’re purely just looking for knowledge, they’ve got more than you could want.
And they do a damned good job.
Have fun out there!