var javascript = document.getElementById(‘AWESOME’)

That title mean nothing to you? It meant nothing to me until I started learning JavaScript exactly one week ago. Now, we are in BUSINESS.

A few things I've learned about JavaScript:

  • It sadly has nothing to do with coffee, though 7 iced coffees were consumed while learning JavaScript
  • It’s job is to tell an object [aka an “HTML element”) on your web page to DO something 
  • Any time you see a button, pop-up, hover, loop, etc, it probably has something to do with JavaScript; 

UM I need you to note that I added a “;” to the end of that last bullet point without thinking! I think that’s officially the sign that coding is becoming cemented into my brain #win 

Here’s a bit of JavaScript + HTML + CSS I coded yesterday. 
            alert(“Enjoy!”)    <----- Java "humor," it's okay to laugh

JavaScript is what allowed me to: 

  • Actually have something HAPPEN when you click that button
  • Send you an ALERT (aka pop-up)
  • Make the minion “dance” when you hover over, and off of it 

Be sure to click through those tabs to see the guts of my code. I know, pretty awesome, right?

Obviously there are a billion (give or take) more things you can do with JavaScript, but I’m just dancing in my seat that in a week I was able to learn how to create all of these events [the official term btw] that happen in YOUR browser!

** Note: I’m not actually 100% sure what would happen if you were to be seeing this on a smart phone. Haven’t gotten there yet! So, if you’re thinking I’m a complete weirdo talking about minions and dancing, go pull this post up on your computer ;) 

my journey to become a web developer | 02

The short story: I’m a former 2nd grade teacher currently teaching myself to become a web developer.

I told the internet that I wanted to learn to code on March 30, 2015 and I didn’t want to back down. So on June 1st I started a 3-month long Web Developer Blueprint on Skillcrush and officially started my journey. Only a week and a half later, I drove to Austin, Tx to attend my first Web Dev meet-up and I survived. I share my journey to become a web developer here and encourage you to laugh&join along!

And hey, I’d love for you to literally join me on my coding journey! There’s always room for one more! 

Journey to Become a Web Developer 02 |


When we talked last, I had finished my first 2 weeks of code study. After the third week, we were given a much needed 3 week break in our Skillcrush blueprint for the summer holiday which aligned perfectly with my travel schedule & the fun that was moving out of my house. 



  • Total inner road block on Week 3 because things [selectors & box models & floats & web hosting & FTPs & launching sites] weren’t coming as easily as I thought they should
  • Still wrestling with proper selectors [ids & classes] & box model & floats [any advise?]
  • Bonus project from Skillcrush Blueprint [coding an email sign up page from a Photoshop document - total web dev real life - with NO directions] gave me a few headaches but I’ll chalk this up to an almost success - more on this later


What I’ve learned:

  • Curriculum: HTML & CSS
  • I discovered & fell in love with this podcast [Start Here: Web Development]
  • Asking for help doesn’t mean I'm not capable 
  • My daily #1milejuly runs & now apparently a bit of yoga are part of my best efforts to NOT be so glued to my computer

What I’m looking forward to:

  • Learning Javascript this month
  • Continuing to work on & finish that email sign up page bonus project
  • Attending my first Women Who Code meet-up tonight :) 

So how do I feel about becoming a web designer&developer? Better. I’m simply reminding myself that I learn one line of code at a time. As long as I keep practicing, even if I completely mess things up, we’re good.  

Interested in learning to code? Already a coder? I want to hear from you and be code friends!