Page 3 of: How I fell into Software Development
This journey is a long one, really, but this is the journey that I first wanted to share when I decided to build this website. I never dreamed of being a Software Developer, and that is why I have decided to include so much of my life story in this journey. This journey isn't finished yet, but as you read, I hope that you can be encouraged as you see some of the steps that took me here to where I am today, studying Software Development, and building this website.
by Christopher Wray
At the beginning, it was easy. I made a cool looking landing page for the app, paid for a mockup of my design and was talking to mentors and friends about it constantly. The app for the nursery had became all I talked about. I spoke to older friends about investing in the idea, but I was pretty bad at asking people for money, so that didn't go very far. Instead, I had decided I was going to build the app myself. I spent all my extra time trying to make the app with no-code tools, then when I realized I couldn’t that way I tried to learn to code. I remember finally one night waking up at 2 in the morning and puking, and I knew that I was too involved with the app. I was worshiping my plan, and the reality was that without a huge investment, it would never work. The next morning, we gave the idea to the Lord. I still thought it was a good idea, but I just wasn't ready to do it myself yet. This brought a lot of peace of mind, and I started trying to just focus on my day to day work with Soltech, my wife, and our new baby on the way, Noah.
September 11, 2018
May 14, 2019
No more to social media.
This was a major moment in my transformation towards software development, because I was finally realizing that it is okay to not do some things. I was burnt out of doing social media for companies, and I did not feel like I was providing the type of service that I wanted to be known for while doing it, so I made the decision to stop. I spoke to my clients over the period of several months and let them know that I did not want to continue providing that service. All of my customers were very understanding.
June 18, 2019
Acceptance to Microverse
I really wanted to be able to build custom web apps and more dynamic websites. This had pushed me to learn web development as much as I could. In February of 2019, I had seen an ad for Microverse, a 6-month coding boot camp, and attempted to do a coding challenge for acceptance into their program. I miserably failed, but I knew what I needed to focus on, so the next couple of months, I spent time trying to solve problems on Hackerrank. I think in August, I did the coding challenge again, passed it, and I was accepted into the Microverse program. It was a great feeling. I was excited to join Microverse, as I had tried to go back to school, but the school I wanted to go to wouldn't let me join until I was US-based. Microverse seemed like the perfect alternative to learning what I needed to learn. Eventually, I realized that I could not logically join the Microverse boot camp. If I would, then I would need to give 40-50 hours a week to the school, and completely let go of my work with Soltech. It just wasn't possible, with a new baby in our home, and the need to provide. I decided against going to Microverse.
August 21, 2019
My dad and I purchase a website.
One day, as I was looking for a place to build backlinks for my family's nursery business, I stumbled on an outdated website. It was called plantsearchonline.com at the time and really needed some help with design and content. I got thinking, maybe I could connect with the owner of the website and see if there was a way to help him with the site. I called the owner that day. On the second ring, I heard an answer on the other end of the line. It was an older gentleman, and we soon got into talking about his website. Eventually, I realized it would probably be best just to buy the site from the man himself. I asked him if he wanted to sell, and he said yes. We worked out a deal over the next couple of weeks and purchased the site.
October 24, 2019
NurseryPeople, a custom Laravel application.
At this time I was designing and developing websites almost entirely on Webflow. It was amazing, and I wanted to use Webflow to design the NurseryPeople website as well. NurseryPeople is what I had decided to name the outdated plant search online website my dad and I had purchased. After speaking to the Webflow team, I realized that Webflow would not be sufficient for the site due to the shear number of records that the website had in the database. I wanted to learn Laravel, a php framework, so I decided to build the NurseryPeople website on it. The NurseryPeople people website was the first real project that I engineered. I loved it!!!
November 17, 2019
To be continued.
I am going to continue writing this journey, and adding photos as I have time! Feel free to come back and read the rest another day.