My wife has been on at me for years to “get a hobby”. Something that isn’t watching TV or playing games. But after a day at work, cooking dinner and helping get the kids to bed – there wasn’t time.
Then in June 2017, after finding myself get distressed very quickly over things I never used to care about I decided the time had come to get a hobby at last. Something to take my mind off life.
Sport has never been something I’ve cared about so that was out. I can’t cycle due to problems with my knees, I already play guitar there isn’t the room at home to take up painting.
So I took up coding. Specifically coding on a Mac for iOS. Within a month I had my first app on the Apple App Store.
OK the app doesn’t do much but it is live. It’s a simple tapping game where you have to click on the screen as many times as possible within ten seconds.
In the two months since I started over 1,000 people have downloaded apps I created and there will soon be seven of them on the App Store – just search Ryan Morrison to find them all.
Since I started my coding journey I’ve made half a dozen or so very basic apps that do everything from let you guess the flag of a country to convert the age of your dog into human years.
My wife asked me what I wanted to get out of this, after telling me she didn’t mean a computer based hobby, and I just want to get better at it. That’s it.
Coding for me is like reading or writing for someone else. It is basically a distraction from ordinary life and a chance to just do something fun with an immediate result.