This summer, I took a course on HTML/CSS at the UC Berkeley Extension campus.
And while I am all for online courses, in-person learning was a refreshing change from my usual educational experience of staring at my computer screen while eating alone at my desk.
But human interaction aside, I loved the class for other reasons. Like the content, which is kind of an important thing to like about a class. Though I've taken some basic coding classes online, this course was my first real stab at learning to code. I learned the ins and outs of HTML (it's pretty simple) and the basic building blocks of CSS. After eight weeks, I walked away with an understanding of web development (if limited) and an appreciation for web design.
Since I'm a relatively visual person and I really like pretty things, I was amazed by everything that CSS could do. And since I'm an ardent believer in originality over all else (sometimes at the cost of lots of time), I decided that my final project would be to redesign this site (right now, you're reading this off of a lightly modified Squarespace template).
So, I read, googled, and coded. I came up with something to match my taste, and even better, my current resume design (a win for consistency!). My final product came out simple in every way (especially the code), but very much me.
But then... I needed to get it online. As it turned out, actually putting my HTML online was not as simple as I would have liked it to be. So though I devoted a few weeks to playing around with it (and actually accidentally deleted this entire site in the process, which was super awesome and not at all nearly disastrous), I haven't been able to figure out the best way to get my new site up.
Actually, that's not entirely true. I have it up, just not on this domain. My weeks of effort were not entirely fruitless, as I learned about Git, GitHub, repositories and got a basic overview of how much I don't know about this stuff (or any stuff, really).
For the time being, I'm going to lay off my efforts to get my new template onto mollycornfield.com. Hopefully I manage to figure it out once I've recuperated from my first attempt. In the meantime, you can take a look at my new (and hopefully improved?) site here. And of course, any feedback is always appreciated!