This post pertains to you. Yes I typically write about writerly things. But this post relates to almost EVERYBODY. So listen up.
You should learn HTML. Why? Here’s why:
- Digital is important. If you are a small business owner, a writer, a person looking for a job with things to show the employers, it’s good to have a website. It’s obvious that businesses and people who are trying to sell things (or generate awareness) need a website. But even individuals who are just trying to sell themselves (not literally – in the sense that you need to “sell” yourself to an employer to be hired) should have a website. My sister who is a teacher had a portfolio website. My boyfriend who was going to get his PhD had a website. End rant. You get it. Get a freakin’ website.
- Knowing HTML can make your day job easier (especially if you are in the communications fields). If you are a blogger, reporter or anyone who is responsible for writing content and putting it on a website, knowing HTML is a huge plus. Even where I work, the marketer’s and other folks responsible for editing content on their parts of the website seem to have an advantage in doing so, if they know HTML.
- You can learn for free. I taught myself almost all the HTML I know. Something I have been using to learn other skills, but includes HTML and CSS is Codecademy. It’s free, easy, and includes Q&A forums in case you really get stuck.
If you can’t tell, I am passionate about HTML. I deal with it daily, and I think it is really becoming something that if you know a little bit of it, it will go a long way.
That being said, if you start learning HTML/CSS and are working on your own site and run into issues, I will gladly help you out. Tweet at me, send me an email, or whatever. Learning is always an important part of our lives, so if I can help you learn, then I will!
Featured image by Morten Wulff on Flickr.