I always thought Impostor Syndrome was bullshit.
Then I realized I was 6 months in to running WP Dispensary full time and I had no idea what I was doing.
Recently, I’ve been working on WPD v2.0 and have pushed myself to do things with code that I haven’t before.
This lead me to question my whole entire existence, as both a developer and a human being.
It’s taken some getting used to, but I have come to grips with the impostor syndrome within.
I’ve also realized what I need to do in order to make sure that I never feel this uncomfortable again.
Getting back to the basics
It’s been over a dozen years since I started editing WordPress themes, learning PHP in the process.
The “learning on the job” has got me here, and I’m thankful for it.
But I’ve grown so much as a developer over the last couple of years that I feel like I’m doing myself a disservice by not going back and re-learning the basics of PHP and other languages I write in.
Slowly realizing I only learned PHP over the years because of WordPress.
I'm also realizing that learning PHP "the WordPress way" allowed me to overlook a lot of PHP basics.
Going to fix this, and study like a beginner ???? #NeverNotWorking
— Robert DeVore (@deviorobert) March 21, 2018
Sure, I’ve learned a lot of PHP over the years, along with a handful of other languages, but the learning has been fractured at best.
I’ve never taken a course, read any developer-related books, or done much more than Google searches, skimming blog posts and hacking together code until it worked.
I really feel like I’m missing out on my full potential as a developer by not learning the basics of the languages I write in.
So, what am I gonna do about it?
For starters, I’m writing this blog post and making a public declaration that I’m actually going to do something about it ?
While I continue working on the release of WP Dispensary v2.0 (which is less than a week away as I type this), I will continue “learning on the job”.
Over 900 thousand others have taken the course, and it says it’s only about 4 hours from start to finish, so I feel like it’ll give me a solid – and quick – overview of PHP.
This video also gives a nice, brief run down of PHP, so I plan on watching this a couple of times while working on projects.
This is really going to be a life long journey, but I’m really happy to be jumping off the edge at this point in my life and (hopefully) learning to fly on the way down ?