Quick background - I work in a bank doing financial modelling where I need to do some domain specific programming, but otherwise it's only statistics and presentations.
Situation - Software has always been my first "love", but due to various circumstances I did not take up a career in the software industry. I have a very good graduate degree in Theoretical Computer Science - so I understand what it means when people talk about traveling salesmen, lambda calculus or whether P=NP (examples). I intend to get into programming full time in the next couple of years.
- Establish myself as an expert in the community primarily through blogging and participating in projects / forums / events related to the same. Then I can try and establish some freelancing business or convince a startup to hire me.
Questions - Are there any well known examples of people who have taken a similar path after working in a completely unrelated field for years (7, in my case)? Am I completely delusional and two years is too short a time?