Believe it or not, I started school pursuing Classical Voice. My dream was to be on Broadway (it's still on my list of things to do before I die). The only problem? I'm not a great dancer.
You see, to really make it on Broadway, you need to be able to sing, act, AND dance. Two out of the three won't do. If you're deficient in one area, that means countless hours of practice just to get up to par. I just wasn't willing to invest the time, and so I changed my major to Marketing. Smart move, I think.
The same idea of a "triple threat" applies to the web. A web site or application is made up of three main areas: Content, Design, and Development. As clients demand more and more sophisticated sites, and as the web experience becomes more integrated (think mobile), it's more important for those of us in the web field to cross-train in the different disciplines. Yes, it's hard work, and countless hours, but this time, I'm excited about it!
Here are some of the resources I found most helpful while I was learning. Hopefully, they'll help you, too.
- • Copyblogger (Brian Clark)
- • eWrite Online (Leslie O'Flahavan)
- • Lynda.com (yes - they get a plug twice, it's that good)