Learning to code at 53 years old. Hmmm, I thought. I’ve never been one to back down from anything, and honestly, I’d wanted to step up my web and marketing development game for a long time (I’ve been working in internet marketing since 2003.) I’ve built websites and DOZENS of Wordpress websites, all self-taught, but never had ventured into customization. If it was in the templated theme, no problem. If it needed some tweaking or additional functionality, I was often at a loss. Hours spent figuring stuff out meant that I rarely took on those projects, which meant that I was severely limiting my possibilities for work and income. Having the ability to maintain flexibility during this second phase of my life is very important to me.
A few months ago, in one of my marketing groups, I was introduced to Julia Taylor. I quickly realized she was pretty much my hero, trailblazing a career for herself that allows her complete location independence without sacrificing income, doing exactly the “work” things that I LOVE doing but didn’t know how to do it myself. When I discovered that she had created a course (actually, multiple courses) that would help me get over those speed bumps, I jumped quickly at the offer.
I can’t say enough about these courses: They are complete, easy to follow modules that feature video and written content. I’ve learned the back-end development side of website creation and now have a much better idea of how to create a site from a solid foundation, whether I’m building a site from scratch or customizing a theme. Julia offers live group training, live Q&A sessions, and probably one of the most engaged community support groups I’ve ever seen. No matter what the project (new site build, existing site maintenance or customization, code challenges, site hosting and migration, …) there is always help available from Julia or other extremely knowledgeable GeekPack group members. I have learned so much from just following along the threads in the group and “packing that away” in my own knowledge base for when I come upon a similar challenge. I use the search feature often and find answers to my own questions have already been shared. I’ve also discovered that the coding that I’ve learned in the course has helped me in development of my other digital programs, as well.
Julia has even included modules on social media for online businesses and finding clients. She really has offered a complete business model with her “Free 5 Day Coding Challenge”, “WP Rockstar”, and “Zero to WP Hero” courses. I have discovered the ways to achieve my dream of becoming a location-independent web developer and digital marketer, and I am very grateful to Julia for not only sharing her vision but also paving the way for me to follow that dream for myself.
If you are looking for a similar career, or perhaps just want to know how to build and maintain a site or blog for yourself, I highly recommend Julia’s training. You won’t be disappointed. And, you’ll make some great friends along the way!