Never say never

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You may laugh at this.....

A long time ago (4-5 years), I swore I would never learn HTML. I never imagined myself ever wanting to have a web page and therefore saw no reason to learn something that would probably be outdated and useless in a few years anyway.

Fast forward to the end of April, 2003. I had been reading other weblogs for a few months, liked what I saw, and decided I wanted to try having one of my own. I got an account at Blogger and learned barely enough HTML to write my very basic weblog (<a href>, <b>, <i>, <blockquote>, <br>, and <p> tags).

That was actually enough for me - for a little over 2 months. I looked at various other blogging applications and decided to give Radio Userland a try. I liked Radio Userland, but I wanted to heavily customize the templates - which meant I needed to learn a lot more HTML than the little bit I knew.

Over the following month, I learned enough HTML and CSS to rebuild my templates from scratch. There's still a lot for me to learn, but I think I have the basics down. I'm even giving advice to new bloggers in Radio's forums.

What got me to remembering this is a comment in Radio Userland's forums by David Matchett:

Kool! I think I've heard of HTML somewhere...

Just a few months ago, that was about all HTML was to me too!

Additional note: One other thing I swore I would never learn is PowerPoint (MS Office). I don't think I'm in any danger on that one yet.

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4-5 years ago, I didn't even own a computer much less knew how to program code or even what html was..funny how things change..life's little twists and turns bringing new ideas in our heads :)

Your skills in learning about HTML, CSS and being able to make your own templates from scratch does not surprise me. Only knowing that you just learned about it only in the last few months kind of took me by surprise. I thought you had knowledge of this since you can learn things quickly, but having little interest explains why, but again it doesn't suprise me at all that you were able to figure it out.

4-5 years ago web-paging was my life and some how with the magic of FrontPage 2000 and several web pages later, I did NOT even learn one bit of HTML coding! At some point I figured out a litte bit of which coding or tags meant and used copy and pasting as a method, yet still not learning HTML. (I feel shameful of that)

I have seen you worked many hours on your Weblog. I have seen how you progressed with it, customized it, and seen how you can just start on macros to help you develop your Weblog and make them work for you. I have been so.... I don't know how to express it.

One thing I know is that I am *very* proud of you, proud you are able to help out at Radio Userland Forums. Keep it going honey!! Woohoo.. go TweezerMan GO!!