Hello World – My first step towards logging my learning

Hello World – The title of all beginner programs. I’ll title this first blog along the same lines.

In an effort to document my learning process, similar to reading what Josh Kemp did over at his blog, ( http://joshuakemp.blogspot.com/ ),  I am starting this blog to help things stick in the leaky steel trap. I hope this will keep me on track and improve my writing in the process.

This blog should do 3 things for me:

  • Hold myself accountable and continue learning new things.
  • Cement the new knowledge by requiring myself to document it here.
  • Network with people smarter than myself

I’ll be starting out by working through FreeCodeCamp. I have tried learning Web Programming prevsiously but it has never stuck and I have never gotten past the basics. 

I am going to use The “Seinfeld Strategy” to keep me going. Trying using a minimum of 30 minutes a day.

He said the way to be a better comic was to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes was to write every day. But his advice was better than that. He had a gem of a leverage technique he used on himself and you can use it to motivate yourself—even when you don’t feel like it.

He revealed a unique calendar system he uses to pressure himself to write. Here’s how it works.

He told me to get a big wall calendar that has a whole year on one page and hang it on a prominent wall. The next step was to get a big red magic marker.

He said for each day that I do my task of writing, I get to put a big red X over that day. “After a few days you’ll have a chain. Just keep at it and the chain will grow longer every day. You’ll like seeing that chain, especially when you get a few weeks under your belt. Your only job next is to not break the chain.”

“Don’t break the chain,” he said again for emphasis

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