To recognize "How I Got Started in ColdFusion Day", here is my story. After graduating from college with a degree in biology, my first job was actually as a tech support/office manager for a very small company that developed notification software for pagers. While working there, there were some long stretches of time where there was really nothing to do, so I ended up fiddling around on the web. One of the developers showed me a bit of HTML and my little "web hobby" was born. I wasn't at that job for long before I started my career in the biotech industry, but my little hobby grew into sort of an obsession. I got really into front-end web design/development and spent many long nights teaching myself stuff and working on personal projects.
After I got my certificate I did start taking on client work. I quickly realized that with the type of clients that I had at the time (individuals and very small businesses and organizations), I really wouldn't have the opportunity to use CF much. There weren't budgets for CF licenses or hosting (there weren't many options for affordable CF hosting as there is today), so I ended up doing a lot of work with PHP. There were a good amount of available open source PHP tools that I could use and my training in CF enabled me to hack around with PHP whenever I needed to customize some code. But although I was able to accomplish a lot this way (and I learned a lot), I often found myself wishing that I was writing CF. Having been exposed to it previously I think spoiled me in a way. To make a long story short, I eventually made the decision to go back to CF as the main platform for my freelancing business. It was a decision that didn't come without some obstacles and challenges, but one that has led me to a full-time career in web development and my job at ten24. I've found that if you stick with what you enjoy and are passionate about, things tend to work themselves out. And to think it was all because of "Web Development with Allaire ColdFusion."