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Small Victories

The other night at work, I noticed that when we try to email one of our customers, the email is spelled differently than their name on the internal website we use. I looked at the source code and realized that the email was entered incorrectly in the a href attribute. It’s something that may have gone unnoticed since we have strict instructions to copy and paste everything to remove human error. Ironically, the error was made before we even had a chance and it affects that one contact getting –or in this case not getting– the hundreds of service requests that the client receives every night.
Most of the time I feel like I’m wasting my time doing these coding tutorials so this was a small victory for someone who lacks technical depth in the field.

Unexpected success: Finding an opportunity to code at work

Work has lightened up a little and marketing initiatives have moved up to the top of my list of things to do.  Some of these tasks involve making updates on our company’s website. Since I’ve been feeling pretty good about my super basic coding skills, I mentioned to a few people that I would like to take over managing the company’s website updates. The current staff member who takes care of this was open to the idea and let me sit in and watch while he made updates.

It was a real eye opener to see that the CMS ran on a template (like WordPress) where you enter your content into the fields. More surprisingly, you actually need to use HTML to format everything to customize how you would want your content to look. By the end of the tutorial, I was able to upload a file and link it to text on our website. Additionally, I was able to fix a few broken links that I would not have known how to address prior to dabbling in code.

If anything, this experience has provided some much needed motivation. Somewhere in the future, I might be able to be paid to manage company content and website updates. Because of this, those hours on codeacademy, freecodecamp, and the events I’ve attended are all worth it.

Code on folks. Code on.