I am a developer ... a programmer ... a code monkey. But I didn't start out that way.
Ever since middle school, I wanted to be a meteorologist. The weather fascinated me, especially severe weather. I wanted to be a researcher. I went to the University of North Dakota and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorological Studies. That’s where I got my first taste of building things for the web. In my “Computer Concepts in Meteorology” class, we had to turn in all of our papers as web pages. I wish I still had copies of those papers. I’m sure they were beauties. Tiled marble backgrounds. Comic Sans. Beauties I tell ya.
My first job out of college was as a meteorologist at a weather modification company. While there, I ended up taking over maintenance of the company’s website. I redesigned the site a couple times in the 4 or so years that I was there. During that time, I also because the “WebMistress” of the website for a local band that I was friends with. I can’t believe I actually called myself that.
At the end of December 2003, my job at the weather modification company was eliminated. There weren't very many meteorological opportunities around the area, so I decided to take another career path.
In the summer of 2004, I found a company that was willing to take a chance on me. I was with that company until it closed its doors at the end of 2007 and went to work directly for their last client in 2008. During that time, I continued to work with php but worked with MSSQL rather than MySQL. I learned a lot during that time, and I really miss the company and the people I worked with. I honestly wish I was still there.
Since that time, I’ve done a lot of work with WordPress, developing custom plugins, both simple and complex, and custom themes based on the designs put together by our creative department. I've also delved into the CodeIgniter and Laravel php frameworks. I've even dipped my toes in the world of mobile app development.
Where I go from here, only the Universe knows. But it will definitely be somewhere on the world wide web.