Rhys posted today about the things that he’s yet to achieve as a blogger, which in turn got me thinking about the things I have achieved as a blogger slash site owner slash developer (why the hell am I typing out “slash”?!) Although getting free t-shirts and reaching a global audience of thousands is pretty awesome stuff, it’s nothing compared to being paid to do my hobby.
Without blogging and the coding/developing that I had to do to make my blog possible, I wouldn’t have learnt what I know and I wouldn’t have my job. Because I have no qualifications or official training in the work I do, it was getting that job that is my biggest achievement and that makes me proud of the time and effort I put in to teaching myself l33t things.
So… because I consider where I am an achievement and privilege, I have decided to start my studies again and intend to get the Certificate in Web Applications Development from the OU. Although I am sure I already know the contents of the courses required it’ll be nice to get a certificate that will prove to the world that I can do what I say I can. (As well as providing me with yet more stuff to fill my time with… I really will need that 25 hour day!)
My thanks go to Claire for unintentionally persuading me to stop just talking about it and actually get off my lazy arse and do it!