It’s all Greek to me!
I’ve been looking at this blog as my passion project for 2009. Initially I was going to come up with a standard layout, but I decided to take this pet project a little farther. I was watching as Danny Brown tinkered with his on his blog Social Media PR Blog over the weekend and I got a little envious. After I saw the final product, I decided to put the effort in and learn CSS. The instant I came to this decision I also arrived at one conclusion… I have never programmed a line of code in my life and have absolutely no idea where to begin.
Back in the day, I would have just run to Google, typed in CSS, been overwhelmed by the amount of results and likely would have given up. Today I decided to try something a little different. I simply asked Twitter what to do. Initially I just received messages from a few fellow Twitters asking me to pass on any suggestions I might here, but no solid hints on how to proceed.
Before I gave in and Googled away, I decided to try one last-ditch attempt for guidance. I reached out to Chris Brogan andDanny Brown and asked for help. Danny was great and got back to me with a link and Chris was kind enough to retweet the request. After that, to say I was inundated with help would be an understatement.
I wanted to consolidate the list of suggestions that Ireceived for anyone who might need it. I am still sorting through it all, so don’t ask me about the effectiveness of these tools, but I wanted to share the wealth. Here is the full list of suggestions that I was given:
- W3Schools.com – I am providing the link to the main site as you will likely need to learn about HTML as well
- CSS Zen Garden.com
- CSS Basics.com
- Go Squared.com
- Smashing Magazine.com
- CSS Edit – You must use a Mac to use this program
- Firebug – You must use Firefox to use this program
- Head First HTML With CSS & XHTML by Elizabeth Freeman & Eric Freeman – I just purchased a copy of this today and will be sure to let you know what I think.
- HTML, XHTML, and CSS (Visual Quickstart Guide) by Elizabeth Castro
- Stylin’ with CSS by Charles Wyke-Smith
- Web Standard Solutions by Dan Cederholm
I have a feeling that a lot of new blogs will be created this year. 2008 was seemed to be the year of the Social Media Expert and I suspect that 2009 will follow as the year of the the Social Media User.
Thanks again to all of the Twitterers who contributed to this list. I would have been very lost without you. Be sure to leave me the link to your blog below so I can check in on your progress. I hope you check back soon and let me know what you think of mine.