CAN I TRANSITION FROM WRITING TO TECH?

I walked babe to the house today after we spent the whole day together. While I walked her from her junction to her father’s gate, I was lost in thought.

“Babe, what are you thinking about?” she asked. I was walking with no care for where I was and who I was walking with.

“A lot, babe,” I replied, my voice defeated.

It has been one hell of a year for me. If it isn’t wondering where money for my next meal will come from, it is me worrying about what to get for babe.

When we got to her house’s gate, she looked at me and said, “you need to change your career. This writing isn’t doing it for you, for us.”

I have been thinking of transitioning from writing to tech for a while. A while? It has been over three years of telling myself that I would become a tech bro, but each tech that I test leaves me burned.

Okay, that is a false statement.

I have not tested so many techs to get my hands anything. it has been more of ‘I would’ than I have.

My journey into tech (which is yet to be called a journey because I have only packed my bags, I haven’t left my room to board a bus to APIs and tech jargon) started three years ago. I had just sunk my leg into the techie sphere of SEO. From experts in the SEO field, understanding HTML, CSS and JavaScript were the basic requirements to understanding technical SEO. I had gotten a firm grasp of on-page SEO, backlinks building and some technical side of things, but I wanted more. I wanted to crawl websites and tell my clients what they were doing wrong and why their websites and its content were not doing well on search engine. That was the initial plan.

So I got busy. I went online and started my HTML journey. I can’t remember the first place I checked, but I know my search took me to freecodecamp and some YouTube channel. I also got a few books to aid my HTML learning process.

The learning process was slow, but after months, I got a hang of the basics of HTML.

I moved on to CSS.

CSS was the hard part. The mix of colours was hard for me to grasp. I would understand how to centre elements today, apply links and background colour and the likes, and if you ask me three days later, I’d have forgotten all that I learnt. The frustration — and by extension my laziness — with CSS made me stop learning.

I tried app development, but the gibberish on Pluralsight was too much for me to handle. Plus, building apps required a lot of data, fast data. This was something I didn’t have and I was not even willing to spend my time on the rigours of java or Kotlin. I was too lazy to try, to push myself.

After my brief foray into app development failed woefully, I told myself that I wasn’t built for the tech life. Okay, maybe I was built for just web development.

I applied for the Pluralsight and Andela program, this time for the web development course.

This was three years after my first venture into tech.

In those years, I had applied for a scholarship on Edx with HAVARD, an online course. I got a 90% discount on a certified course.

But again, my laziness didn’t allow me take the scholarship or even watch and practise what was being taught. I allowed the opportunity slip past me.

Allowing opportunity slip past me has been the bane of my tech journey that has never started. I see an opportunity; I am enthused about it, start the program, encounter a roadblock. Stop trying. The story has been the same, all the damn time!

I applied for the ANDELA scholarship program. I loved it for the first two weeks, watching hours of videos. But like other times, I stopped when I encountered the first huddle.

I know my quitting at the first sign of trouble is a character flaw that I need to fix. I know that if I am going to make anything work in my life, and in tech, I’d have to be more resolute when doing things.

I write this article to serve as a reminder and motivation for me. I write because I need to take tech more seriously. I write this because this is the only thing I know how to do now; because writing is the only sane to me as it is.

I am a tech bro. I am speaking to the universe.

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