The other day one of my web projects got hung up. Stuck in the mud, unable to move forward, I grabbed my dogged eared copy of HTML&CSS: Design and Build Websites. Not able to find a quick solution, it seemed best to walk away — literally go for an end of day walk.
It was Friday afternoon. My web design dilemma could certainly wait another day or two, however, the nagging continued.
On Saturday I went back to my favorite resource and started reading HTML&CSS — from the very beginning. I’ve never done this. After only 45 minutes I was amazed to realize how far I’ve come.
I’m a designer, not a web developer, but I’ve taught myself a little bit of coding to get out of a few jams. Unfortunately I’m more inclined to let my negative voice, about not knowing enough, override my many accomplishments.
Fortunately I did not allow myself to bask in the glow of accomplished too long (learned that one the hard way), so when the opportunity presented itself to spend an entire day learning more about HTML and CSS at the Geek Girl Boston South Tech Conference 2014, I grabbed my seat, as well as a button that read, “Actually, I am the developer. http://thewc.co”
Just love these feisty young women who are on “…a mission to help narrow the gender gap in technology.” Yes, there were a few men at the conference, and they all gravitated to the code school classes, as well.
Typical of classes taught by women, we walked away with lots of well organized information, plus resources to help make our coding life easier. Why do I say typical? My experience is that men teach differently: you go to class, they present their information. If you understand if, fine. If not, no regrets. Why give away your power?
Reminds me of a story about a writer who spent time observing factory workers at lunch time. He noticed that women shared their food and chatted with each other throughout their lunch break, where as men ate their lunch. No sharing. No idle chatter. Back to work.
Thank you Geek Girls. You’re helping the rest of us progress.