Learning a new language

For the last month or so, I’ve been very slowly learning a new language. It’s frustrating, overwhelming and confusing. But it’s also been insightful, exciting and rewarding.

The world of digital marketing was more-or-less non-existent to me. Digital gurus lived in their own world and I sat at my desk and chugged away at whatever was on that day’s to-do list.

Next thing I knew, I was immersed in a world of landing pages, eSpots, meta descriptions and HTML copy. And I liked it.

These were all words that had never been a part of my daily life, and now they fill my days. Each morning, I’m challenged by a different task and I learn something new and exciting about this world that that had previously flown under my radar.

Like a new language, everything began as a jumble of authoring jargon and abbreviations that I could not begin to understand. But slowly, I started to pick up a phrase or two. Words began to register meaning and after a couple of days, I understood full sentences, then a whole range of topics. Next thing I knew, I found myself speaking up during meetings, giving input and discussing areas of the website that I had worked on.

I am still a long way from fluent, but I’m farther along than I was a month ago!

Yesterday, I was trusted to author a tiny bit of coding on my own. It was something that a professional wouldn’t have thought twice about. But for me, this was the equivalent of being dropped in the middle of a foreign world and being told, “Have at it, kid.” There were a few stumbles, but after a while I found myself getting into a groove. And when I checked the site, everything worked the way I had hoped it would. It was a little victory, but it was my very fist solo flight into the world of content authoring, and I can’t wait until my next trip out.

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3 Responses

  1. Bob Goranson says:

    Way to go!!

  2. That is great to hear. HTML will be a great foundation and if you venture beyond that so much of programming is about the same concepts just different syntax. Your knowledge will travel and translate well!

  3. Thanks Bob and Dennis! I’m really enjoying it and I can’t wait to learn more.

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