Welcome, to my own little corner of the Internet!
I’ve been online since I was a senior in high school in 1996. This was the time when Internet services were made available to the public in The Netherlands. People had to visit a ‘Internet Café’ where they could buy time online. As a result, the world-wide web was only for geeks and nerds.
In 1999 I moved to the regional capital city to study German Language and Culture because I wanted to become a professional translator. I took classes in Medieval Studies and Cultural History. During the nights I spent hours on the W3C Schools website teaching myself html and CSS. I made my first hand-coded website hosted on a home server run by a nerdy friend using Notepad and Netscape Navigator.
At the end of my freshman year I discovered that I am more a STEM person than I am an Arts person. When I was in primary school in a very rural part of the country, STEM was considered to be for boys and languages, administration and communication skills were for girls. As much as I tried to fit the mold, it didn’t work for me.
In 2000, I changed to the more science oriented field of cognitive psychology. At my faculty, the motto was ‘Measurement is knowledge’. When you want to know how things work, you need to be able to measure it. Cognitive psychology relies heavily on the fields of biology and neurology. Later on, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science were added in as well. I loved it!
I studied part-time because I had to finance my educational aspirations while working as an aide to the elderly. I graduated towards the end of 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (Bsc).
After I finished my studies, I worked in several jobs before I changed my career as a self-employed WordPress and multimedia consultant. It was an interesting experience that taught me that I’m not an entrepreneur. Although I liked helping people (mostly small companies and non-profits) to join the 29% of the web with a good content management system, upgrading them from decade old hand-coded static sites, it came with a lot of administrative responsibilities, miles of red tape with the ever-changing legal requirements.
In 2017, I got hired by small non-profit that specialises in media. We make documentaries and reports with television quality. I still do some IT work, both on-site support and website/web-server maintenance, but as a Community Manager, my focus now lies on Social Media, Newsletter Marketing and multimedia editing. As a result, I now have the time and space to pick up my blogging hobby again!