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Quit Yer Bitchin’ & Get to Learnin’

Feb 22, 2012

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30 People Shaping The Web. One Thought Every Day. All Year Round. Sugar For The Mind. The Pastry Box Project

If you missed my earlier announcement, I'm participating in The Pastry Box Project this year. The project gathers one thought every day in 2012 from leaders and thinkers in the web industry.

My latest pastry came out of the oven just a few days ago and is ready for your reading pleasure!

My February Pastry

For my February contribution, I discuss how sick and tired I am of reading articles and tweets from folks whining about how hard it is to do something. What specifically draws my ire lately are those bitch sessions about semantic markup and HTML5.

Yes, writing semantic markup isn't easy. That doesn't mean it's a waste of time or isn't worthwhile. Same is true of the new semantics in HTML5, especially if you are just getting started. It takes time to grok the semantics. It takes practice to know which elements are best for different types of content.

Time and practice. Not bitching and whining. Get over yourself and just start learning!

While I take a decidedly more diplomatic tone in my pastry for February, I discuss my frustration with this “myopia,” and emphasize the importance of embracing your learning curve and becoming a craftsman with your work.

Go read it!

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I'm a freelance web designer of the standardista variety, which means I get excited about things like valid POSH, microformats and accessibility. I ply my trade from my one-person design studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 USA.

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