about the blogger

Who is Lindsey and why are you here?

My career is looping (pun intended) as I transition from a writer to a developer, so if you love writing—whether a programming language or fiction—then you will enjoy taking this journey with me.

I know HTML and CSS, and I’m in the process of learning JavaScript. I will offer a fresh perspective on web development and help others learn from my (many) mistakes. But as they say, practice is the only way to learn code!

Through my blog and the comments, I want to extend the supportive community of coders. So in addition to learning from my coding tips, please offer suggestions to help me become a better developer.

 So what’s my story?

I grew up in small town in Georgia (yes, there were peanut fields and horses). Because I love learning, I stayed in school as long as I possibly could, so I wound up with a Ph.D. in literature from Florida State University!

So how could someone with that background end up interesting in coding?

For me, it happened slowly. I grew up straddling the tech-less and tech-full worlds. Computers came of age with me. So I clearly remember learning to type and logging on using a dial-up connection (and now I complain when a page doesn’t load in 1 second!). The Internet was exciting and I was in middle school—so no car and nowhere to go. I made my own web page and I learned HTML from chat rooms—the old school way.

Then I got a car, and the web page and HTML took a backseat. But the coding bug bit me again when I started teaching college classes in graduate school, I wanted to use computers in the classroom and have students create writing portfolios online (blogging, in a sense, before blogging was cool). I learned about SSH and transferring files and created web pages using Drupal. The challenging part was learning it well enough to teach it to 18-year-olds!

But coding was still playing second fiddle to my career as an academic, teacher, writer, and editor. That all changed when I married someone with a Ph.D. in computer science! (Of course, I introduced him to some great literature.) I also had a few colleagues and friends who were either changing careers to pursue web development or blending technology into their literary careers. This flamed the old spark I’ve had for coding since I was in middle school, and I decided to freshen up on HTML and CSS and start learning JavaScript. I find comfort in writing (and it helps me learn), so I decided to start a blog about my experience of switching from an academic/writer/editor to a developer who still loves to write.