Today, I revisited my desire to get into tech. Tech is a huge industry and when I initally decided on doing this last year, I got overwhelmed by it all and quit. I’m not doing that this year. The whole reason I thought about tech as an option was to complement my writing and editing skills. In November of 2020, I got my dream job: I’m working as a freelance book editor! But I need more money so I can buy a car, and another typewriter, and move out of my current city.
So today, I restarted my adventure into tech. I don’t know what I want to do exactly but I’m leaning towards Front-End Developer. I’m taking a course on Udemy: The Complete Web Developer in 2021: Zero to Mastery and guys! It’s so cool! Today I learned that you can delete code in a browser using the developmental tools. I erased Google and a paragraph from a previous blog post (Pics below)!
Similarities Between Coding and Editing
Learning to code in HTML and CSS is challenging but not impossible, and it’s not that much different than dealing with the editorial world. Here are 3 similarities between the two.
Both coding and editing require:
- Attention to detail
- Problem solving
- Patience and Googling stuff you don’t know
I have since realized that I am a slow learner. That being said, as I’m on this path, I have no idea where it will lead me, or if anything more comes from this than a finished online course. Nonetheless, I will see it through to the end. Editing is my dream job and I have wanted that more than anything since I was a college freshman, but over time, desires change and people grow. And besides, there’s nothing that says I can’t do both, right?
Do both – editing and coding. If you learn enough to freelance and be a web developer, you can also write your own copy for websites, which will only make your offerings stronger. When putting together a website for a small business or an individual, often developers outsource copy and media (like pictures). You might not need to do this. You can also offer to write copy FOR other developers. Look into sites like Fiverr for this.