This past Sunday, I took part in the latest Ladies Learning Code (LLC) workshop, “Intro to HTML & CSS”. LLC is a not-for-profit who provides beyond-affordable development workshops targeted for women (though men can attend). They’re lead by volunteer instructors & aided by volunteer mentors who who all work in the tech industry.
I first heard about LLC back in the fall but didn’t take the initiative to sign up until now. I always let something get in my way: my own scheduling, nerves, budgeting….
Not this time. This time, I took the plunge. I was looking forward to filling in the gaps in my (self-taught) coding & adding more CSS to my arsenal.
It was amazing. The first half was HTML & the second half was CSS. The first half was mostly things I already knew but there were still a few things that I didn’t know the reasoning behind. (One of the downfalls of being self-taught)
Not surprisingly, the website code I created for the day was largely based around Dolly Parton. I can’t help it. I should just officially claim her as my patron saint.
In-between the two halves was a lunch break. & yes, this deserves mentioning because this was no boring ol’ ‘few sprigs of lettuce & cross your fingers’ lunch. There was salad, fruit & veggie platters, & different types of sandwiches. I felt so nourished & (as a lactose-intolerant) vegetarian, I had tons of choices with which to fill my plate.
Reconvening with my table with a cup of fresh chai tea, I settled in for the mind meld of learning CSS coding basics. & wow. I exited at 6pm with a mind brimming with code knowledge. My website is based on WordPress & I utilize a theme called Thesis. I originally chose it because there were great ‘out of the box’ options.
But I also knew it had amazing customization options with the right coding knowledge. I am fond of my site but am also excited to enact some design changes I have had in mind for a bit.
I never felt nervous about asking questions & feeling stuck wasn’t apocalyptic – it was more like a puzzle. I can’t wait to recommend it to my clients who are looking for a little more tech control in their businesses! I am so grateful to the LLC team for making it such an easy process. Thanks!