Surviving the 1st Year

I was looking back at some of my old posts and noticed I have now been blogging for a year. Now that I am reflecting back, I would like to comment on the things that I have learned and experienced.

What I Learned from Blogging

My director at my day job always told me that it’s important to give back to the community. I’ve had a great year being able to do just that, and in return I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some brilliant and talented people. I ended up learning more about the technique I was sharing from reader feedback and comments, and most importantly it made me overcome my fear of writing.

I was never the type to write, I actually hated it and avoided it at all costs. Although I still make stupid spelling/grammar errors, I am now able to communicate my thoughts much easier than ever before. Not only did it help my verbal and writing skills, but it has also helped me effectively teach people and allowed me to understand usability in a new light. Good communication is good usability (whether its written or demonstrated graphically), I never thought of it this way till now.

For those who hate or fear writing the way I did, its never too late to change. Get your blog started and see where it takes you. When you write about things you love, its much more enjoyable and your words will flow more naturally. Communication is key in dealing with clients and working in a team, blogging may be your gateway to overcome those fears.

Thank You

To all of those who have supported me, I truly appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you for all of the comments, feedback, suggestions, calling out my fails, etc. this blog would not be where it’s at without you. Looking forward to another great year, feel free to catch me anytime!

Post Highlights

Just in case you missed some of my older posts here are some highlights:

Thoughts on Web Design

About the Author

My name is Soh Tanaka and I am a Los Angeles based designer/front-end developer specializing in CSS driven web design with an emphasis on usability and search engine optimization. I also run a CSS Gallery which is updated daily with the best CSS websites from around the world. Come check it out!

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