I want to code

I’m sat at my laptop — nothing new there — with a work todo list as long as my arm because I did very little in the last week (feeling poop) and all I want to do is code.

“But Jem, you’re a web developer, work is code?!” I hear you cry.

I don’t want to code work. I want to code fun. I want sit down and knock up a throwaway site or a dodgy new layout or a half-arsed script for no reason other than to get it out there. I want to write a 3000 word tutorial on some pointless technique that only 3 people with actually need in the entire time it remains live on the web. I want to do something for me, that doesn’t involve earning money, building a portfolio, or pressure and scope and budgets.

But every time the cogs start turning, that work todo list rears its ugly head and that teeny tiny spark of passion is lost.


Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

6 comments so far

  1. Raison717 said:

    I have no idea how to code but I do know what work to do lists feel like. Maybe fit a bit of non money making coding in after you’ve crossed something off the list to lift your spirits even further?

    Or fuck it all for another day x

  2. Vera said:

    Oh, I know that feeling exactly!

    Even though I love my work, and I find it interesting too… I still think about coding random apps. My latest brain child is to make an app that helps me keep track of expenses and daily schedules during trips. I currently have some 10 different little notebooks with relevant info, heh.

    But once I sit down, and start to code it… and when I get up an day has passed with me tinkering around on some minor bug. And then I forget about the project for months on end precisely because I end up “losing” an entire day with insignificant details like that :P

  3. Amy said:

    That’s the only problem with having a job doing something you love doing – you have to have restrictions on your passion. And not having free time is the worst – I know the feeling.

  4. Arwen said:

    I get those fleeting moments every once in a while, but since I’ve been out of the website building game for so long and things have gotten a lot more fancy since I coded regularly, all I get the whims to do are to make some fancy photoshop graphics and make a horribly non-cross-browser-compliant website a-la-2004.

    I hope you’re able to satisfy your whims. :)