Howdy, my name’s Aaron Durant. Normally, this is the part where I’d boldly state that I’m an award-winning computer scientist and author of 21 books, but I have to admit a few things:
- I can barely define computer science.
- I’ve not written any books.
- I’m at an in-between stage where it’s more true that I’m working toward being stuff than actively being stuff.
In other words, I feel it’s too bold to call myself a web developer and a motocross racer because I’m not currently developing anything for the web or racing motocross. Instead, what I’m doing now is getting myself ready to do those things about midway through 2021.
I’m learning to code via CareerFoundry’s Full-Stack Web Development Program (plus online resources and books, of course). As for motocross, I’m saving up money and increasing my fitness to race a dirt bike for the first time in over a decade — roughly half my life!
While it feels wrong to call myself a web developer and motocross racer at the moment, I’m cool with being in a learning stage. I’m 21 years old and I think the focus should be on expanding my horizons anyway. Regardless, I’m so excited about what I’m working toward.
Besides coding and watching motocross vlogs, I enjoy snowboarding, mountain biking, running, playing the drums, reading books, and spending time with my girlfriend and family.
Yes, I’m a soon-to-be developer using WordPress for my personal website. Hahaha, laugh it up.
Done? Okay, here’s my thinking:
This site was hand-coded during the last few months of 2020, but I decided I want to have something nicer until my skills catch up to my high standards. This Twenty Twenty One theme is minimalist, modern, and overall just what I want, keeping me from having to hurriedly get better at CSS to design something of my own.
Besides, why reinvent the wheel? With WordPress, I can click “new post” and away I go. What’s the alternative — building my own CMS? No thanks.
For the record, I did go back and forth on this and I did do some research. The consensus seems to be to use WordPress (or something like it) until what you want to make is only possible by hand. I like the lightweight, only-what-is-necessary side of coding from scratch, but I can satisfy that with a fresh installation of WordPress and just three plugins. I don’t even have stat tracking activated, so this website doesn’t track you at all.
While I’m justifying my decision, what about sites like this one? It’s so neat, it’s by very well-known developers, and it’s on WordPress!
Perhaps I’ll go the hand-coded route again down the road (or still use WordPress but with a custom design), but for now I’m able to focus on the content. Isn’t that really what matters?