It started with a desire in the fall to set up a WordPress framework on my own for my blog. That would have required building WordPress's Loop on my own, maintaining my own MySQL database on my GoDaddy server space, learning a lot of coding that some day would prove valuable and, when you boil it down, reinventing the wheel. That last one, coupled with honest difficulty, kept me from achieving my goal. I still have the "WordPress Learnin’" folders on my desktop, in vain hope, a relic of my desire to code everything possible on my website on my own.
Since then, though, I've built a simple form and e-mailer for an upcoming weddings page, complete with sanitized strings and browser feedback served to the user. With the aforementioned barriers to entry providing a mental wall, getting the form mailer right boosted my confidence and cleared the way for some more learning. In fairness, it wasn't hard at all to call PHP files within a main PHP file as you see here, and I should have done it sooner. Still, though, I can argue that I'm doing more web coding than most photographers would do. That counts for something.
Plus, this means that for me, posting goes just a bit more smoothly, and you can hardly tell a difference. Not bad, eh?