Why I like blogs

Reading

The ramblings of web experts have been key in developing my interest in all things web design. Through their writing I have discovered that being a ‘web designer’ is about so much more than the nuts and bolts of HTML and CSS. Amongst the lessons I have learnt, are:

  • Why accessibility and standards are so important;
  • How understanding psychology (user-perceptions and -behaviours) can drive user-experience design;
  • The latest thinking on how to approach the design and build of websites;
  • What new technologies can do and how to use them to make better web experiences;
  • The importance of needing to unplug occasionally, to find influence from elsewhere, anywhere, everywhere.

This sharing of expertise has helped to make me better at my job. It is inspiring and makes me excited about what the future holds for the industry.

Without it I would probably still be using table-based layouts.

Writing

I am new to the writing side of this blogging game. Sort of.

I have a couple of failed attempts lurking, gathering dust: with grand intentions but short of ideas, they are… well, a bit like this unfinished metaphor – dying a sad death.

This time it is different. I promise.

Having spent the last few years absorbing as much information as I could about what working as a web designer really involves, I now feel that I have something to say.

Writing is proving to be a cathartic process. It allows me to question what I have learnt. It is helping me to bring clarity to and to refine ideas of my own. It reinforces these lessons and ideas in my own mind. It is a space for my opinion. And above all, I am enjoying it.

These are all very selfish motivations, but it is what is sustaining my enthusiasm for writing this time around. Maybe as this develops I’ll find some more altruistic reasons.

Ideas of March

Why am I writing this? Chris Shiflett has written a short post calling on web people to think about why they like blogs, and to begin a blogging revival. His manifesto:

  • Write a post called Ideas of March.
  • List some of the reasons you like blogs.
  • Pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
  • Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.

It encouraged me reflect on why I like blogs and how much I have benefited from their use as a platform to share ideas, and expertise. I pledge to make a concerted effort to sustain this attempt at writing.