When I tell people that I blog, more often than not, they say, “Oh, you're into computers, eh?” Yes, even in San Francisco/Silicon Valley the global epicenter for technology. The truth is, I really don't know “computers” that well. I bought a new laptop on Sunday and needed my husband to help set it up. When it comes to code, admittedly, I know the very basic of the basic of HTML and that's about it.
Why Should Bloggers Learn to Code?
It came to me when I knew I wanted to do things with my blog, but didn't have the technical knowledge to make it happen. Things would break, and I couldn't fix them. Sure, I could pay to have them fixed but…
- Developers are expensive.
- Finding good, reliable and affordable developers is incredibly hard.
- Finding developers who love your website as much as you do… well, also hard.
What do you do when you want to run an experiment on your blog with a new interactive feature? Should you pay a developer to do it? And what happens if you don't like it? Change it back. That also costs money. Sure you can have the basic template for your blog, but after a certain point you become a slave to what's available (at a low cost). You'll continually be following trends rather than innovating.
…after a certain point you become a slave to what's available (at a low cost). You'll continually be following trends rather than innovating.
The truth is, I'm writing the post more for myself than for everyone else. I love the developers I use now, they're fantastic. But it still costs money every.single.time. I want to do something. It becomes a question of how badly it's needed. Also, knowing code helps to know what's possible, if you do work with developers, it helps you to give direction, and knowing code is a rare and desperately needed skill, if you want to go beyond blogging and found a start-up, it will help you get funding if you know how to code.
Where To Learn Code:
Luckily there are loads of resources online and even locally (especially for those living in the San Francisco Bay Area). Many cities have meetups and classes that teach code, but here are a few places you can start looking:
Code.org has basic tutorials available for free and in multiple languages. Stick your toes in creating mobile apps, java script, create a holiday card, or just tinker with creating your own program!
Girl Develop It
If you're more into taking real-life classes, Girl Develop It is an organization specifically to teach women to code. The classes vary in price, and are available around the US, Australia and Canada. Who says code is for boys?
If you're more a self-starter or can't attend a physical class, Codecademy has free interactive courses for everything from HTML to Python.
A little more indepth, c<>de school has a subscription program, so for $29 per month you can learn from their online courses.
If you have some time on your hands (and maybe even looking for a career change) and are in the San Francisco Bay Area, Coding Dojo can teach you to become a junior developer in just 12 weeks. Various coding bootcamps are around, so look around for one near you if that's an option! I personally would love to do it!
Do you know code? How did you learn? Do share!
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