Day 10 – Time to Reflect

Day 10 of the 10 Days to a Better Blog Challenge means first of all that I have completed the challenge and second of all it’s time to reflect. I’m actually proud of myself that I’ve blogged all ten days straight. It shows me that it’s obviously possible to blog every day. Even though there were daily writing prompts, most of them had enough wiggle room in scope that I feel confident I can come up with topics to write about consistently.

The Challenge came at the perfect time for me. I know I’ve mentioned pretty much daily about my three months at the Iron Yard, but seriously, I just finished a three month web development boot camp at the Iron Yard! I was an exercise in pushing through and shipping projects daily and weekly and I found a lot inside myself to be proud of during the process. Our project demo day was on December 12th, and after coming back home and spending time in Louisiana and Mississippi and going through the holidays I have been exhausted.

I need a job, but I still have to polish my projects so I can put my best foot forward. I’m also making sure I fill in any gaps from what I learned this Fall. At this point, I feel like I can find the house (or even build you a house), but I’m not sure I can tell you its address. I can build a RESTful app, but can I remember that it stands for Representational State Transfer? Does that even matter? I don’t know for sure, so you see my conundrum.

I came back home so I could be with my family and friends, but in so doing I left the web developer community I had in Houston. I’m still trying to decide exactly what to do about that (and counting the costs for every possible move I can think of), but basically I had started to get a little discouraged. The Challenge came at the exact right moment to remind me that I am part of something BIGGER THAN MYSELF and also that I AM part of something bigger than myself.

Not only did I need to be reminded that I’m part of a community now, but that my new community is filled with people who make shit happen. I blogged every day for ten days because I commited to do that. I’ve tried to make life a lot more complicated for myself lately, but it really just comes down to following through with the commitments I’ve made. At the Iron Yard you’re pumping out apps and learning new technologies daily. Now it’s up to me to keep that momentum going, and the 10 Day Challenge has been a real catalyst to spark that momentum and get me moving.

Thanks, John! At the very least this challenge helped light a fire under me and also helped me back away from the edge of a funk that could have been really costly in a lot of different ways. See you all TOMORROW!