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Small Triumphs: Learning HTML

August 15, 2012

This is just a tiny post to take up my Wednesday, but I wanted to make a quick note about small triumphs. There are times when I learn something new and feel completely proud of myself, even though it may be simple and elementary to most. Now, since I’ve had my own website (courtesy of S.L. Armstrong and her code-monkey husband, Roger), I’ve been forced to slowly learn HTML.

I’m in no way an expert. I format blog posts a little and can easily remember what ul/ol/li tags do, as well as ahref tags for hyperlinks. I still have a little trouble remembering everything needed for tables. (Hey! They’re complex, all right? XD) I have an FTP client so I can update my website all on my own. That, however, is difficult when I don’t know the proper coding for what I want to change… which means, I’m constantly learning, often by searching online so I don’t make myself look like a fool by asking Roger for help with the simple stuff. No doubt he would help–and probably save me a lot of time–but I admit I take a little bit of pride in learning things for myself.

Last night, I went to update my website, and I had to learn how to add images into my site, and then how to integrate them into my ‘About’ page. After a lot of trial and error, I finally figured out how to do the spacing/padding around the images so that the white space gives a bit of buffer between the image and the text that I wrapped around the image.

It may seem so small an accomplishment, but it’s one that set a big grin on my face before bed. A big enough grin that I thought I’d celebrate with a blog post. (And for those who know how difficult it is to get me to blog about anything, that’s quite an accomplishment in and of itself. *laughs*)

Have you had any small but rewarding accomplishments lately? Share them with me in the comments! If all the shit I just said in code-monkey language went zooming over your head, you can share that as well. 😄 Lord knows I was in that camp just a few months ago! I’m learning, though! It’s a work in progress!

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