Week 8: Sick and Tired

Sick person under covers

Week 8 was a rough one. I ended up getting sick, which is not uncommon after attending a big convention.

My wife would tell you that I am a big old baby when I am sick. Since she occasionally reads this blog (Hi honey!), I can’t actually admit that she is right, but I will say that Week 8 wasn’t my most productive week.

I am not sure if it was the head cold or the medicine, but I had trouble concentrating for long periods of time. I was also really low on energy. As a result, I spent most of my time on smaller pieces of easily digestible information, like short articles and YouTube videos.

One of the best videos I watched was from Quincy Larson, the founder of freeCodeCamp. In the video, Quincy talks about how to write technical blog posts and why new programmers should have a technical blog.

The biggest takeaway for me was the importance of headlines.

For many writers, myself included, there is a tendency to come up with a clever, funny headline. The problem is that in today’s SEO focused world, headlines need to generate enough interest in the reader that they click the link to learn more. Witty headlines don’t necessarily do this.

The reader might appreciate the humor of a clever headline once they read the article, but there isn’t enough of a call to action for them to click on the link in the first place.

With that in mind, I am going to try and focus on writing more single topic articles and make these weekly blog posts more of a summary. Not only will this result in more regular content, but it will also allow me to better write headlines that clearly convey what each article is about.

I’ll leave you with one last video. This one also features Quincy, this time being interviewed by Matt from Engineered Truth.

My favorite part of this video is the first tip Quincy gives, which is to code every day. As a new programmer, I can attest to how helpful this is.

I set aside an hour each day for coding when I started the #100DaysOfCode Challenge. I could immediately see the results. Not only did it help reinforce what I was learning in my lessons, but I also had more fun.

I finally broke down and went to the doctor after I wasn’t able to shake my symptoms. Hopefully, I will be back to normal soon so that I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming.

Feature image by Elizabeth Lies on Unsplash

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Author: Lee

Hi, my name is Lee and I am a 40-something who recently made the decision to become a self-taught programmer. This site was set up to chronicle that journey and my experiences along the way. Feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or suggestions.

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