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A Word About Workshops

I am genuinely – perhaps unreasonably – excited that I will be attending Vitaly Friedman’s Masterclass workshop at the Respond conference next month.

In the last 20 years, I have attended a lot of workshops.

Many of those focused on web technologies and skills and they’ve included sessions led by people like Vitaly (in 2015), Andrew Clarke (several times), Elliot Jay Stocks, Ethan Marcotte & Karen McGrane, Mark Boulton, Jared Spool & Dana Chisnell, and at least a dozen more.

I’ve also done a lot of other workshops focused on tangentially related subjects including business planning, book-keeping, freelancing, writing, specific software, editing, speaking, home networks and PC maintenance. Each of those has been a real boon to my work and my business, and their lessons have stayed with me, all from a day or a half-day each.

I’ve written previously that workshops are one of the three main arms of my ongoing professional development, the other two being books and conferences. Since then, it’s fair to say that video has increased its role in my ongoing self-directed training, especially in series covering topics like new developments in CSS.

What those four options have in common is easy, direct and relatively inexpensive access to the thoughts, skills and experience of people who do what I do but are a lot better at it,... read more