For several years now I've had my own dotcom, www.sharrysplace.com, and over the years both the look and what I have had on my site have changed several times. The changes were in part due to what was going on in my own life at the time, and in part to my getting "a wild hair" occasionally to change the looks of my site. As a result, I recently decided to take classes on how to design a website. Besides taking classes from an online school, I found a website with loads of great information on html, css, and other pertinent tutorials. The website, w3schools.com, has a wealth of information and helps me keep up-to-date on the latest standards.
- html - HyperText Markup Language, the main markup language for displaying web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser.
- css - Cascading Style Sheets, a style sheet language used for describing the the look and formatting of a document written in html.
I have to admit to getting somewhat excited each time I learn something new in either html or css. This results in my playing around with my site to see what I can do with this new knowledge. It can be frustrating at times trying to figure out why my work won't pass validation, then I feel good when I have that "a-ha" moment after realizing what I did wrong.
After I am finished with my online classes in web designing, I would like to learn more about graphic designs. At this point in time, I'm not sure if I will take an online class or just surf the web for information. Either way, I would love to learn more about how to manipulate and create graphics and photos. Though I use Paint Shop Pro to work with my photos and other graphics, I am interested in learning Adobe Photoshop.
Photography is another subject I'd love to learn more about. Since receiving my first camera (a Kodak Instamatic X-15) in 1966, photography has been a hobby I've always loved. In 1981 my husband bought me a Canon T70 slr camera and several lenses to go with it. Now I use a Kodak EasyShare Z740 digital camera. I hope to one day get a more updated digital camera to use, especially when I attend conventions such as ScareFest and Lexington ComicCon.
No matter what your age, you are never to old to pursue knowledge. If you have a hobby or craft, there is nothing wrong with learning all you can about it. You may just learn something you didn't know before. You don't necessarily have to take classes online. There are lots of tutorials online for practically everything. You can also contact your local community action center to see if they know of places you can check into for more information.