I’m Ethan, the Software Development Editor at Hacker Noon.
After graduating from college with a degree in graphic design, I spent about the next 5 years in that industry. I designed sports apparel and team jerseys for professional sports teams across the world. If you’ve ever been to a baseball game when they’ve had a special events night, there’s a chance you may have seen one of my jerseys.
In 2017, I realized I just wanted to do something else. I loved my job, but wanted to learn a new skill, or do something different for a change. I tossed around several ideas before finally deciding that software development would be a good addition to my current skill set. Without any programming experience whatsoever, at about 33 years old, I quit my job and enrolled in a 12 week coding bootcamp at The Iron Yard in Durham. My biggest fear was that I would discover I didn’t like programming, and it would all have been a waste.
However, I found that I loved programming, and even after I completed assignments, I would find fun side projects to fill my free time with.
During this transition period, someone recommended that I start a blog. My initial blog posts were mundane and boring. I finally found my niche writing tutorials based on technologies I was learning in school and on the job. A few months later, I met the folks at Hacker Noon, and began having my posts featured in their publication. I felt like a rockstar when my first post appeared in the publication. Some of my classmates started seeing my posts pop up on Hacker Noon and I quickly became famous in my small circle of influence as the “blog guy”.
Writing for Hacker Noon has helped me meet people I would not have met in any other way. It has introduced me to future employers, and started conversations with other developers, and helped me build my developer network. I cannot even begin to express how much writing for Hacker Noon has influenced my career more than almost any other decision I’ve made.
That’s why, for me, being able to edit other stories on Hacker Noon is the opportunity for me to give back and help other developers become better writers. My favorite thing about working for Hacker Noon has been developing relationships with Hacker Noon writers, and being able to share my expertise (however small that may be). I really want Hacker Noon to be an influential part of their careers as it has been for mine.