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Welcome to Between the Braces, a web development blog by Adam Blom. This is where I will share my thoughts on the various aspects of web design and development. If you have a topic you would like to see here, feel free to contact me;

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by Adam Blom

Where to begin…

I guess I could start with who I am, and where you are. My name is Adam Blom. I’m a web developer based near Boston, MA. And you are currently on the blog I am just starting to write, called Between the Braces (more on that in a minute). You’ll notice the name above says Light Priority Studios. Well if you didn’t come by way of my home page let me get you caught up. Light Priority Studios (LPS, for short) is my home on the internet for all things web development. On the main page, you’ll find out a little bit about me, see some of my projects, and be able to contact me if you are interested. I can wait if you want to check it out… (handy link).

Just another blog?

I’d like to think not. Now that doesn’t mean everything I do here will be new and no one else on the web is doing it because there are a lot of great blogs out there, many of which I frequent myself. My goals for this blog is to have a place for my thoughts on different aspects of being a web developer, from career issues to the code itself to design issues from a developer’s perspective. I hope to pass along my perspective from my experience, both in the past but also as I’m doing it now. So while I can’t promise I will always be right 100% of the time (and for many things there is not one right answer), but I can promise I’ll give you my thoughts and I’ll do my best to correct myself if I am wrong.

How did I get here?

Welcome back. Now you may have noticed on my main page (or if you didn’t, I’m about to tell you) that I was not always a web developer. I actually started out my career working as an analytical chemist in the biotechnology sector. About 7-8 years into my career, I had a major epiphany. I was not doing what I truly wanted to do with my professional life. Don’t get me wrong, I look back fondly on my years as a chemist and I am still completely fascinated with the sciences in general, but when it really came down to it, I looked back over my career to date and realized I just wasn’t excited about it. It didn’t get my heart going. I got up in the morning, got ready, went to work, put in my best, and came home. At the end of the day, I didn’t think about it at all. It was a good job, but that’s really all it was…just a job. With this realization I knew I had to do something to get myself out of what I was doing, and into what I wanted to do.

ASIDE: I have a hunch I’ll write more about just how I figured out I wanted to be a web developer, but for now just now it took a little while but when I found it, I was hooked. 

So, I knew what I wanted to do, and I knew that I wasn’t doing it. Now I had dabbled in code in the past, but never really learned it formally. So I decided what would work best for me was to enroll in a program that could show me the fundamentals and then supplement that with my own research and exploration (the part I like best). And that’s what I did. I got myself into school, learned as much as I could and put that code to work. And that’s where I am today.

More to Come

That’s just a brief introduction to this blog and to me as a developer. If you found this interesting (or even if you didn’t) then stay tuned. I have some ideas that I want to get out and I’m hoping in the least they will be vaguely interesting, and in the most, you’ll really enjoy it and learn from it or teach me something about it.

If you want to get in touch with me about web development or about this blog, please feel free to contact me on the home page (UX tells me I should put a link here).

-Adam