Hi, I’m Mikke!
I’m a self-employed web designer and web developer entrepreneur currently based in Berlin, originally from Finland.
My journey with learning coding has changed my life completely (for the better!) in just a few years. And that’s why you’re reading this now.
So you want to learn coding and become a web developer? Awesome!
You’re in the right place. To help you get started, I’m here to share with you everything I’ve learned about how to become a professional developer by teaching yourself.
How did I start learning coding?
So how did it all happen for me?
By pure coincidence! Seriously, I had a problem at work I wanted to solve. But it required some coding skills. So I though what the heck, if others can learn it, so can I!
I headed to the bookstore, found a great Python book and started learning.
But let me tell you: I made so many mistakes in the first few weeks and months! Although I learned something from each one, it just cost me way too much time and effort. I just wasn’t well-prepared for the challenge.
Luckily, this changed pretty quickly when I realised I had to learn the very basics of tech and coding if I ever wanted to become a web developer myself.
Lesson #1: Know why you want to learn programming!
So, I figured out why I really wanted to learn coding in the first place. I defined a goal to aim for, and simply made a solid plan to get there.
Soon I started to introduce myself to a few other programming languages and technologies, too, with a strong focus on web development and web design. I started learning WordPress and building all sorts of different projects for myself, finding inspiration pretty much everywhere I looked.
Before I knew it, I was creating professional websites – first simply for the fun of it and more recently for a living.
These days I’m mostly focused on building beautiful websites for my clients and working on a few smaller personal projects. I constantly do my best to learn more in both back-end and front-end development. My weapons of choice are usually
- WordPress and WooCommerce
- Python and Django
When I’m not coding, I’m usually biking around Berlin, eating cake with friends, or learning languages – spoken ones that is.
Making computers do what I want is an extremely empowering and rewarding feeling. It’s also helped me to better understand this tech-filled world we all live in, let alone realise what kind of power is hidden behind all these technologies we use all the time.
So, tag along and start with some Coding 101! I promise you’ll be well on your way towards your coding goals sooner than you think!
If you’re just getting started with coding, drop me a line on Twitter and say hi!
Good luck and happy coding!