About the blog

This blog, which I built myself with Wagtail, is a natural evolution of my old one, which I started in 2012 and had kind of run its course. Along with my burgeoning interest in the behind-the-scenes of websites, I wanted to have more autonomy over its look and features, plus I needed to have an excuse to keep publishing online. Making my own blog rather than relying on one of the popular hosting sites seemed like a perfect meeting of those worlds.

Code is speech; speech a human utters to silicon, which makes the machine come to life and do our will. This makes code oddly literary. [...] While physical machines like car engines or can openers are governed by patent law, software is also governed by copyright, making it a weird sister of the poem or the novel.
Clive Thompson, 'Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World'

Rose der Welt is an endeavour to show that my two main interests, literature and programming, might not be so different after all. I firmly believe that we don't need to file ourselves into one category, no matter how disparate those categories might appear at first glance. We all contain multitudes. I used to write and translate for a living, now I build software for a living, but in no way does that mean I'm now exclusively a developer. I haven't given up writing, nor do I no longer identify as a writer. In fact, I believe my continuing writing practice enriches what I've chosen to do as a career.

The main target audiences for this blog are:

Here's a little bit about my own experiences and why I started the blog:

I've been interested in language — and later, languages — ever since childhood. Initially it was because I wanted access to foreign cultures, but with time, I also developed a thing for syntax and structure. I found it so exciting that various elements, possibly abstract or disparate at first sight, could slot neatly into place and communicate powerful messages.

No surprise, then, that I did my Bachelor's in French & German. On some level, I'd always know that I would live in a place where I could use those skills every day. For a while, I worked as some combination of a translator, copywriter, editor, and journalist. After a few years, I was getting jaded about trying to flog my my passion to clients. Surely there was something profitable I could do that built upon my existing skills — maybe ones I hadn't even unlocked yet?

I consider my journey to have started in June 2018, when I took part in the annual Django Girls workshop in Berlin. That Saturday changed the trajectory of my life, though at the time, I wouldn't have guessed this at all.

Since I needed a new job, I got in touch with one of the event's sponsors — a software development agency — who ended up hiring me as a content manager. I held this position for nigh on two years, all while teaching myself to code. By the end of 2019, I'd made the decision to switch careers for real. A few months later, my employer agreed to partially cover the costs of a two-month Python course for me.

TL;DR: In September 2020, they offered me the position of Junior Software Developer!

This blog is still very much a WIP (work in progress), but my aim is to get a regular posting schedule in motion. For now, on the resources page, you can find some of my favourite media about learning to code and life as a developer in general.