The last couple of years I have been a fan of WordPress and so have become familiar with plug-ins and themes and all manner of WP eccentricities but I haven’t done any more than reuse the work of others. To be honest I’ve always found a plug-in close enough to what I wanted or a theme I liked enough to use.
This hasn’t really bothered me – I do have my own set of skills these days and believe I do contribute to the (open) web today in my own way. My theoretical understanding of the web has never been better (apart from the semantic web!).
All that said I’ve been thinking alot lately about revisiting that early set of skills and bringing them up to a reasonable modern standard (well basically learning it all again from the start I think). It is clear that there isn’t going to be much (if any) money to produce new digital projects at my new gig and so if I want to keep doing interesting things I’m going to have to get my hands dirty and do them myself. Or at least, and this is more likely, produce the prototypes myself that convince people to invest the small amounts of cash available into the ideas I come up with. Also I want to stop relying on friends and favors to get things done – obviously alot of stuff is going to be beyond me. I have not intention of trying to learn Ruby on Rails, PHP or Django so if I want anything clever done it is going to be out of my league but I out to be able to mock up a demo site with a bit of interactivity thrown in I reckon.
I’m going to sign up to a couple of P2PU/Mozilla Drumbeat School of Webcraft courses and see what are the recommended sites to teach ‘muppets’ these days. I might also – because I’m of that age – buy a book or two to help with the learning. Wish me luck!