Why you should learn to code (plus tips & resources for learning)
20th August 2015
I started learning to code when I was 14, and I’m sure I’ve told you before of how I started with Piczo and worked my way up to owning a domain, learning more and more everyday.
Fast forward 7 years and I am now preparing to start my new job as a web developer.
Today I’m going to share with you why I believe that you should learn to code, particularly if you are blogger, and I’m also going to share my tips and recommended resources to get you started with learning coding languages.
Why should you learn to code?
- To keep up with all the kids who will be learning code at school – You don’t want to get left behind!
- To enhance your CV – Self-taught in code? That shows you are driven, self-motivated, work well as an individual and ready to continue learning.
- To land a job in coding – If I can do it then so can you!
- To save you money – If you can code websites/blog themes, you will save money by not having to pay for someone to do it for you.
- Because it’s fun! No seriously, it can be frustrating as hell but I love it!
Where can you learn to code?
Nowadays there are so many great resources online for learning code for free:
- Codecademy (great for beginners)
- Code School (for more complicated coding languages)
- Hey Georgie
- Stack Overflow (for solving coding related problems)
And soon, right here!
Yep, that’s right, you will soon be able to learn code at Empfire!
For the past three months I have been writing a series of tutorials (basically e-books) that will teach you how to code. They are aimed at those who have never looked at code in their life and has some really handy tips for bloggers who are looking to learn to code.
The first two tutorial series will be titled “The Basics of HTML” and “The Basics of Styling and CSS” and will be available to download from Empfire for free very soon. I am still finishing up writing them and then I will need to proof read them, but I will announce their release in an upcoming blog post and via my newsletter.
UPDATE: My tutorials are now live. You can find them all here.
Tips for learning to code
Finally, here are some of my tips for learning to code..
- Learn code like you would learn a foreign language – little and often, and practice as much as you can.
- Try different techniques and resources until you find a way of learning that suits you.
- Practice offline using Notepad (or my beloved Notepad++) and view the files locally. It’s a lot less daunting!
- Look at how other websites are put together (right click on web page > view page source) and learn from this. This is exactly how I learnt!
- Don’t give up! It might seem scary at first but if you want to do it then just do it!
Can you code? Has coding changed your life? If you can’t code, would you like to learn?