I've been seriously geeking out on the internet since about 2001, when I built my first web page. Since then, I've learned enough HTML, CSS and PHP to "get by" as someone who runs a popular blog on WordPress. I pretty much only pick things up when I have to, i.e., when I want to add some look or functionality to my site but don't want to pay someone else to do it for me.
However, when I look at scripts written by real programmers, I am at a loss. I feel like someone who has taken a semester of French and gone abroad, only to understand 5-10% of what anyone is talking about.
I've been working in digital since 2006, mostly doing editing and web production. I love dabbling in programming, but I don't know if I'll ever make the transition to programmer or developer. It seems like a quantum leap is required to move from hobbyist to professional, and I don't know if I have the mind or the desire to make that jump.
Comment below: If you're a programmer, how did you "make the leap" or were you always doing this? And if you're a dabbler, how do you feel about coding-as-hobby?