About a year ago, I wrote about Learning New Things for 2012 and joining the 12412 project – which was intended to be a starting point for me to learn new things during the year that’s now coming to an end. So, how has that worked out? Well, not that great actually although I have started some new ‘learning subjects’ and increased my usage of some things that weren’t completely new (cheat!). Here’s my summary of the year in that respect.
So, I have started some new things in 2012 but probably haven’t followed through on them as much as I might have. I am still determined to continue with a similar learning goal for 2013 because without the impetus from the 12412 project, I would have done even less.
One of the things that has impinged on my learning of new subjects is client work. Nothing wrong with being busy you might say – and I agree! However, it has meant that my motivation for sitting down and learning new subjects (and also working on personal websites) has been less than some previous years. I need to find a way to improve this in 2013.
One final point. This year I have started doing a lot more coworking than previously, both through the Horsham Coworking group that I started, and at the Worthing Coworking days. As a result, I have definitely been more exposed to other people’s ways of working and met some great people through it. Perhaps that wasn’t the intention of my post a year ago but coworking has provided a new experience this year and I think I have learned some (non-technical) things from this.
1 Despite comments from many other web developers, I still like using Dreamweaver as my main coding tool. As an all-in-one, coding, design, preview and site management environment (that I know very well), it’s actually tough to beat and I just find I can work really quickly with it. Sorry guys, it works for me.
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