Writer. That’s the first thing I wanted to be when I was old enough to think of the future. I later wanted to be a professional cricketer for years and then pushed myself to the extreme in mission to become a professional wrestler instead. Then I was obsessed with programming and have been for the past 8 years or so.
My vision for life went through several changes over the years and my passions shifted but one thing was constant throughout. My love for writing.
I’m also extremely curious about life, how our brain works, how emotions affect us, and the ways the past holds us into its paws without us knowing. Hence, I’m constantly exploring and experimenting. This is where I share my thoughts and learnings with the world.
How I started working online
A 16 years old kid browsing Facebook and trying to reflect how much his life sucked in comparison to everyone else. I stumbled across an ad that says make “$100 per day from Google Adsense”. I clicked. I had so many questions.
Can you really make money online? How does that work? How do you get paid? How do you build websites? What’s blogging? and dozens more. I started looking for answers one after the other and I was hooked. I created a blog on Google’s blogging service Blogspot and started publishing about Pro Wrestling.
That was my introduction to working online and a taste of things you could build. I was consistently publishing on my blog but it wasn’t growing and search engine traffic was pretty much non-existent. I still kept on going as I read that eventually, users will show up. How naive was that! I kept publishing anyways until 2013-14.
Finally, I moved to WordPress. It was like a whole new world. There were tons of themes and plugins to make customizations and that’s when I had another question. How do these people make these things? How does WordPress know what to display when a certain URL is visited? And most importantly, how do I make these changes myself?
So I started digging into theme editor. I was overwhelmed by what I saw. What are these dollar signs doing here? What is a function? Why are there so many semicolons and underscores? That introduced me to programming and PHP. I stopped blogging after a while and was fully immersed in learning how to build web pages using PHP and got my first job 6 months after that.