There has been a time during the life of any blogger when they feel that the confines of WordPress, or what ever blogging software they are using, is preventing them from formatting their writing into the form that they want it to. This is due to the fact that WordPress, in most cases without us noticing, is ensuring that our writing looks presentable on the website you are writing for.
However, as most people would like, wouldn’t you like to think for yourself and format your post or website in the way you’d like it to be? This is possible with knowledge of the language behind website writing and formatting – HTML. Today, we will not have a lesson on HTML, but more on the benefits of knowing HTML as a writer.
What is HTML?
Let’s get the coder lingo out of the way now. HTML literally stands for “HyperText Markup Language”. Still in the dark? You actually aren’t. HyperText Markup is what it’s namesake says, it’s the system of annotating a document in a form that you want it to be. For example, bolding, italics, underlining, etc. These are all markups that make use of a markup language like HTML.
Sidenote: You may have heard of HTML 5. No worries, this is HTML through and through, HTML 5 is simply an updated version of the almost over twenty year old language.
But I’m a Blogger, Not a Coder
This doesn’t matter, and by the end of this article I promise you that attitude will change. For one, there are a ton of benefits to learning HTML as a blogger.
First off, most bloggers seek out simple-to-learn blogging formats to publish. This was the standard for some time and still is. Bloggers aren’t expected to know any type of code – that’s why they are bloggers. However, with a solid knowledge of HTML, you can make needed changes, repairs, and upgrades to your blogging template and design. This prevents you from having to pay for designers who change a pretty penny to begin with. However, there are a couple of other benefits that can affect your pocket that we will get more into in a bit.
What Resources Are Available
We specifically chose HTML not only because of how it is technically the language of writing, but also due to it’s versatility. It is considered a beginner language, on level in terms of ease with another language known as SQL.
Far Reaching Benefits
While your interest may not be present there at the moment, with the knowledge you gain through learning HTML/CSS as a blogger, you will find yourself comfortable enough to take it on as a side job. As a blogger, you are continually using your skills and this allows you to improve on them. Taking on web development assignments as a side job can add some extra money to your pocket and can even result in a full time job when you reach the comfortability that warrants this.
My Personal Experience
So why is this technology blogger urging other bloggers to learn code? It comes from a personal experience. As a tech blogger, I am reporting on various aspects of the technology industry – gaining many friends and contacts in tech as a result. This results, in me at least, the urge to get involved in the other side of the industry. Which subsequently has led me to consider (in the near future) getting more involved in the coding and project management aspect of startups and tech. However, for the time being, while I learn a bit of coding, I am comfortable being on the reporting side of things.
As you can see, there are various benefits to learning HTML as a blogger. While you don’t have to necessarily call yourself a coder when you learn HTML as blogger, you will have the opportunities and options (and freedom) of a coder.