#100DaysOfCode: My Challenge to Code for 100 Days in a Row

In case you haven’t already heard of it, 100 Days of Code was started by Alexander Kallaway and is just like it sounds:  you commit an hour of coding every day for the next 100 days.  I’d recommend checking out his article explaining it in more detail.

I’ve dabbled in code for a while and can do some things as long as I have documentation to go by.   It’s been hard for me to find time to code much because this isn’t job-related; It’s simply a hobby I really enjoy.

Now I’m making time to begin my first round of #100DaysOfCode.  I say first round because I intend to focus primarily on WordPress and PHP.  The next time I do this I will be working on JavaScript and front-end development.

My goal for this challenge is to build a strong foundation of PHP and WordPress.

The Rules

    • I will code a minimum of one hour every day for the next 100 days.
    • I will tweet my progress every day using the #100DaysOfCode hashtag.
    • I will push my work to GitHub every day, where applicable.

Other Notes

  • I will miss some days; I almost didn’t do the challenge for this reason.  While  100 Days of Code is important to me, I also have number of things in my life that I have no control over.  Technically I have the control to quit some of them, but I’m not doing that.
    • Husband and Father.  This should be an obvious one.   Unexpected family stuff comes up all the time.  Family is my number one priority and will take precedence over anything else in my life.
    • Navy Reserve.  I’m the Leading Petty Officer of our unit and also in charge of our training program.  This means I can easily spend a few hours a week outside of drill weekend.
    • Volunteer Fire Department.  We’re a smaller department and have about 50-60 calls each year.  In addition to the calls, we have training each week.

    Instead of throwing my hands up and saying I can’t do it, I made some modifications.

  • This is meant as a learning experience and not something else to stress over.  I won’t be too concerned when I miss a day, but that day also won’t count towards my 100 days.  For every day I code less than an hour, I will add another day to the end of the challenge.
  • Alexander didn’t count tutorials or online courses when he did #100DaysOfCode, but I will.  I completely agree you get the most out of something by actually doing it, but I simply don’t have the time to not count them.  Besides, I have a premium Lynda.com membership and have found these courses to be extremely beneficial when you build along.

Let’s Get Coding

I’m excited to get this challenge started!  You can follow along with my progress on my GitHub log or find me on Twitter at AlohaGeoffrey.

Are you participating in #100DaysOfCode?  I’d love to hear how you’re doing!


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