When I look back on 2012, I have no doubt that it will stick in my memory as a year of renewal. It has been an incredible and enriching year in so many ways, from a new home to a new job to what feels like a thousand and one new skills (many of them half-baked, but good starts nonetheless). I know that the tech skills below are no big deal for most everyone in the DH community, but I came to them all from total unfamiliarity.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned in the past year:
- I learned how (and why) to use the command line.
- I learned how to use Github, both for my own projects and to collaborate with others.
- I learned how to use vim, and that using vim makes me feel pretty badass… or else it makes me feel like a hopeless case. The line between the two feelings is pretty thin.
- I learned that everybody has to look stuff up in the documentation, and that half the battle is knowing where to look.
- I’ve gotten pretty decent with HTML markup.
- I can figure stuff out in CSS. Sometimes.
- Along the same lines, I finally figured out how to get a domain name and host, get a proper WordPress install, set up a child theme, and start making my website look the way I want it to look.
- I learned how to use an FTP client, and eventually I got brave enough to move remote files around from the command line.
- I learned a tiny little bit of Ruby.
- I learned how to type curly quotes, and why it matters (thanks, @clioweb!).
- And finally, it might rank low on the list of essential life skills, but I have learned to do a headstand without a wall to catch me, and that feels amazing.