Originally posted by scrolljoe'
The feeling has hit me that you first have to be a computer Nerd from kid stage and move up to be a Webmaster/Mistress...sorry have to put in mistress or Eve Ensler and the feminists will monologue me.
Well, it does help starting as a kid, but really your attitude and willingness to learn is what is important. Also, being willing to make a mistake and try again is also important. Too many people stop learning because they are afraid to mess up or look bad. The only problem with that attitude is that messing up is part of the learning process. Quite frankly, the only reason why I know as much as I know about computers is because I have messed up more than most people.
Seriously. When I am learning how to do something new on the website, I frequently screw it up the first few tries until I actually figure out how it works. I just make sure that I try it out where it won't effect other things. That way I only mess up what I am experimenting with, and not everything else I am working on.
Once I figure it out, I build something and reveal it to the world. Everybody thinks I am a genious, but really, I spend hours and days, even months, in the background trying to figure it out first. Anybody can be a webmaster or good at computers, but you just have to be willing to learn and have patience.
Yes, there is a learning curve, but once you learn it, it will be a piece of cake.
It reminds me of the time I taught my Goddaughter how to tie her shoes. I had forgotten how difficult and intimidating that is for a 6 or 7 year old who doesn't know how to do it yet. I probably spent at least 20 minutes showing her and having her practice, with her screwing it up the first few times. But she got it. And now, I'm sure she takes it for granted since its so simple now.
It's the same with computers. It's intimidating at first, like how to tie shoes is to a 6 or 7 year old, but after you figure it out, it becomes second nature, if you let it.
Edited by Scott