Thanks to all 52 of you who filled out my survey on what you want to learn this year!
It was so fun hearing from you and I was completely blown away by all the nice things you had to say. Looking through the results was a truly lovely way to start my Valentine’s Day!
About You All
The breakdown as far as who self-identified as what was pretty much along the lines I expected:
To put some numbers on that chart, of the 67% of respondents that identified as a developer, the majority are beginners. In fact, about 56% of the people who took the survey consider themselves beginning developers.
A whole lot of you (~63%) are web designers and way more freelancers/ small business owners than people who work as employees for others (which I think is interesting as someone now in a position to be hiring employees).
Favorite Types of Posts
I’m not sure the ranking format was the best choice for the question about types of posts, but regardless I was pretty surprised to find that long coding tutorials are by far the favorite:
|Item||Total Score||Aggregate Rank|
|Coding tutorials (long ones)||244||1|
|Business posts (process/ workflow/ running a business)||189||2|
|Code snippets (short, less explanation)||187||3|
|Case studies of recent projects||168||4|
|Resource posts (lists of resources/ links)||168||5|
|Posts about managing sites & content (non-code)||136||6|
I’ll certainly work on writing more of those, although like a few of you pointed out they are pretty time consuming to put together.
Things You Want to Learn
While there was a wide variety of stuff you all shared about where you are in your careers and what you’re interested in, there were also some definite trends. Themes included:
WordPress: WP and subdomains; site migration; custom theme building; development sites & multisite; security; theme options; plugins; site strategy
Shopify: getting started with Shopify theme development
Specific Coding Tutorials: ajax; different kinds of menus; customized comment areas; slideshow galleries; one page websites
Development & Designing: responsive web design & designing/ coding for various screen sizes and devices; collaboration with designers; coding best practices (what works/ what doesn’t); web design do’s and don’ts; trends in web design/ development; more process posts (especially details about various parts of the process)
Business & Marketing: starting out as a freelancer and/or developer; maintaining & building a business; efficiency tips; case studies; process details; marketing my/your self
Clients: client education/ training; finding your niche & building up a client base
A few people also expressed interested in online and/or video tutorials or classes similar to the classes I’ve taught here in Philly (and on additional topics), which is certainly something I’m considering!
I’ll definitely be keeping all of your suggestions in mind as I plan out my content over time – there are a lot of great ideas and questions in there. At the same time, these responses point out a need for me to continue figuring out how to best organize my existing content so it’s easy to find so I’ll be working on that as well.
A Little Thank You
I decided up the “prize” factor, so instead of one 45 minute one-on-one, I’ve randomly selected two people who’ll each get 45 minutes of my time to ask me anything (except for work time on their websites).
To make these selections, I exported the entry data from only people who opted for the chance for the time (33 people in all) and opened it as a spreadsheet with 33 rows. Then I used the random.org number generator to generate two random integers between 1 and 33, which ended up being 14 (Demoree) and 26 (Shivani).
While I can’t promise individual answers for everyone, there are three ways to get your questions in front of me for possible answers:
- For super quick questions, I’m on Twitter more than is probably advisable
- For longer questions, you can contact me with your question and I’ll consider turning it into a blog post or shoot you an email response if I have time
- You can also book hourly consulting time if you have big questions and want to invest in dedicated time to talk things through. Use the general inquiry form to request time and be sure to give us an overview of how much time you’re looking for and generally what types of questions you have.
Thanks again for reading my blog, I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate it!