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Life Behind The Curve @ Second Wednesday

Life Behind The Curve @ Second Wednesday

The slides for the first full 30 minute presentation of Life Behind The Curve for the wonderful and friendly people who came to Second Wednesday in Nottingham on 14th August 2013

Westley Knight

August 14, 2013

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  1. Life Behind The Curve Or how to keep up-to-date with

    all things web Westley Knight - @meteoracle Second Wednesday - August 2013
  2. A little bit about me Building websites for over 12

    years Married with 3 kids Always worked in an agency I love doing my job This makes me feel old I should probably act a little more maturely The security of a 9 to 5 Proves I’m a proper geek
  3. I used to do it all Web Design DNS Servers

    Email Servers Hosting Configuration Database Design Database Integration Flash ASP VBScript Server Upgrades Software Support Dial Up Accounts Domain Registration
  4. I found my path Web Developer Front End Development Project

    Management Back End Development Database Design Server Management CMS Deployment
  5. Now I have more focus Front End Developer Information Architecture

    User Interface Design User Experience Typography Responsive Web Design Content Strategy This is the big one for me
  6. How things have changed Social Media Manager SEO Expert UX

    Analyst Mobile / App Developer Information Architect Community Manager Professional Blogger Online Advertising Manager Big Data Analyst
  7. What will I be banging on about? How quickly things

    change The amount we have to learn How to keep up in your own way
  8. This isn’t what I started out with Workflows & Processes

    Responsive Deliverables Repurposing Your Tools
  9. Workflows & Processes http://responsiveconf.com/

  10. Responsive Deliverables http://daverupert.com/2013/04/responsive-deliverables/

  11. Repurposing Your Tools http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/22/repurposing-photoshop/

  12. How do you keep up to date? http://uptodate.frontendrescue.org

  13. Who to follow on Twitter A list of news sites,

    blogs & podcasts Conferences to attend Advice on finding your own sources 78 people to follow 41 in total 46 of them! This is the really useful one What this site tells us
  14. 660+ Articles 90 Podcast Episodes ~55 Hours ~67 Hours July

    2013 And in practice?
  15. 6 Months! And in practice?

  16. Typography Boilerplates & Frameworks CSS Pre-processors What about the tools?

  17. Typography

  18. Boilerplates & Frameworks

  19. Boilerplates & Frameworks

  20. CSS Pre-processors

  21. That’s a LOT of stuff So how do you keep

  22. The short answer You Can’t

  23. Threatened by the knowledge of others Put myself under pressure

    to learn Been judged for not being ‘up-to-date’ I’ve doubted my own abilities The depressing part
  24. You don’t have to feel this way Good news everyone!

  25. A learning cycle 1. You want to get good 2.

    You want some success 3. You move into another area 4. Rinse and repeat
  26. The young guns There’s always somebody younger There’s always somebody

    hungrier These are the guys who do amazing things with stuff you’ve never even heard of
  27. You have two choices You compete by trying to learn

    everything you can or You can realise that it’s time for someone else to do that stuff
  28. It’s all about acceptance – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “For after

    all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is to let it rain.”
  29. One Brain Vs. Many Me Vs. Everyone I follow on

  30. Learn only what you need A different approach

  31. Keep it relevant A different approach

  32. Build an archive A different approach

  33. Some advice on advice A different approach

  34. Learn only what you need Apply new techniques if relevant

    Save articles for future reference Don’t be a sheep! So that’s how it’s done
  35. Don’t worry, be happy “The more I read, the more

    I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing.” – Voltaire
  36. Thanks http://meteoracle.co.uk @meteoracle hello@meteoracle.co.uk Let me know how you keep

    up to date.