Ok, so this morning I posted on how I have to earn my place and prove my worth to the guys at The Startup Bus (via improving my code skills); afterwards, I went on with my day. At one point, the class I was in got particularly boring, so I decided to go check my other blog’s stats… I accidentally ended up in this one’s… Whoa.
It had exploded.
I’m sure this blog had never seen that much traffic (over 300 views in a couple of hours). I got some tweets, comments and even a couple of emails regarding my last post. Turns out, part 2 of this saga made it up to Hacker News… so that explains the hordes that came my way (which incidentally motivated me even more).
The comments posted directly on HN were pretty cool (shared below). I liked them because they praise Mexico (which is where my heart and home is), and because they speak a very clear truth: I’ve made it this far only because I’m a part of a vibrant community that is paving the way for generations to come. Ortega y Gasset said it best “I am me plus my circumstance; if I don’t save the later, I don’t save myself”.
The HN Comments:
It’s great to finally see people, taking initiatives to learn and evolve in the digital age. I’m of the opinion that everyone should learn how to program, so seeing people all over the global, actually do it from scratch is great.
Also, don’t use w3schools… http://w3fools.com/
This is really motivating all the efforts you are making to be prepared for the bus. Im really proud that Mexico is on the map of the start up world and this kind of initiative are arriving.
Interesting. As a Mexican entrepreneur now I see a proper growing ecosystem. Efforts like these will produce results for the years -and entrepreneurs- to come. The start-up scene is organizing better, but we have to keep the push and support.
Also, Eoin stumbled across this blog as well. We had been messaging back and forth all day, on Startup Bus business, in one of those messages he casually added, “I read your blog post. If it’s too easy, maybe we should set the bar higher?” Evidently, with all that traffic and travel-planning rush: I was up for it, so the bet right now is as follows: not only should I be able to prototype, I should also try as hard as I may to get my head around Git and be able to work in a code base; hence, making me twice as useful as a non-coder.
I have gotten more help already. I got a new tutorial to get my HTML and CSS down (and at a great discount price too!). Finally, I got a couple of suggestions to check out the Bootstrap, from Twitter, which is supposed to be a cool way to smash out design fast.
All in all, this was one fine day to be a non-hacking blogger