Today is the kick off of the 2013 Computer Science Education Week and this year the big push if behind the “Hour of Code” initiative. The idea is to get students to go hands on writing some code. As a guy that does this work for a living, I think it’s great to expose kids creating with computers. It’s funny when I talk with my peers, without fail there’s a story of when they were 10 or 12 years old and got their first computer. In my case, a TRS80 with a tape drive, black & white TV and, eventually, a tiny plotter printer that printed on what looked like grocery store receipt paper spools.
But, what about all the folks in corporate or home offices that are still in the dark? Some talk the talk but have no real knowledge. Some just glaze over and rely on someone else that hopefully delivers. And for others, it’s a combination.
To have so many ideas and great products, but not the ability to get them online and where your customers live is a tragedy. Also, to be held back by unresponsive support folks that are supposed to work with you instead of against you is even more sad. I want to help you. Giving non-technical professionals the tools and training to get their ideas into the world is what I’ve done since 2000.
I’m not sure how this will shake out yet, but I’m putting together something we can do together every week that will expose you to some kind of tech that will help you out with your career, building an audience, selling units and being more productive, empowered and efficient. So, if you’re an author, publisher, editor, marketer, or production person (or maybe a little of each), I want to help you take control of these tech stuff so you have the power to do what you do best. And with these new tools and skills behind you, you’ll do it even better.