Breadcrumbs from my experience working in tech

Back to blogging, as a software developer

However you got here, whatever your reason for clicking, welcome and thank you. I’ve recently overhauled this site, returning it to blog form. Consider this post an introduction to me and the blog.

First, some background. I kept a blog called Editor, Revised on this domain from roughly 2008 to 2010, focused on my entry into digital journalism at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. Its predecessor, Transitive Days, lived elsewhere and covered various topics during my time as a news copy editor at the Spokesman, starting in 2006, when I was fresh out of journalism graduate school at Missouri. And in 2002, after I graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., I posted occasionally on a site hosted on the school’s servers.

My blogging went on hiatus in 2011 when work took me to the other Washington, and the hiatus became estrangement when I took a web producer job at the New York Times. The new job was demanding, and I spent my spare time exploring my new city.

I worked in various roles at the Times, including overnight home page producer, copy editor on the foreign/national desk, and mobile app editor. In March 2017, after five fascinating years, I made a terribly difficult call and left the Grey Lady to begin a new career in technology.

I’ve been very fortunate in my career, from first getting my foot in the door at the Spokesman to my present role.

That year, I completed a 24-week Rutgers boot camp in web development and a 14-week LaunchCode Foundation apprenticeship at Express Scripts in New Jersey, where I was hired as a software developer in November 2017. Since then, I’ve been contributing to applications built on the Pega Platform while learning a lot about Pega specifically and software engineering generally.

I’ve been very fortunate in my career, from first getting my foot in the door at the Spokesman to my present role. I don’t have a degree in computer science, and yet here I am gainfully employed as a developer. While it’s becoming more common for employers to hire candidates without such a degree, I have to acknowledge that LaunchCode and Express Scripts took a chance on me, giving a lifelong journalist with a little web development knowledge the opportunity to work on enterprise-level software applications.

I am grateful, and with this blog, I aim to give back a little by sharing what I’ve picked up over the last two and a half years. Look for posts about career change, learning to code and getting started with Pega, among other topics. I hope it’s useful information for someone.

Finally, I want to emphasize that this is a personal blog. As I wrote on the About page: “The views I share here are my own and do not reflect the opinions of any organization I am or have been affiliated with.”

Thanks for reading. I hope you like the new project.

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