The Union of Code and Web Writing

Writers, do you know what CSS stands for? Crunchy Salmon Skittles? Crisp Sweet Sandwich? Clueless Silly Seagull?


It stands for Cascading Style Sheets, and I predict you will be hearing and reading a lot more about this little coding treat if you do Internet writing. Its sisters are JavaScript and HTML, and all three are used to create physically attractive webpages. I thought we were moving toward a future where increasingly, you did not have to have specialized computer knowledge to operate a computer.

I guess we’re going backwards now!

Are you feeling slightly uncomfortable? There are definitely things to consider before you enroll in a computer science course for your next writing gig.

First off, it is doubtful writers will get paid significantly more for learning to code. Software engineers get paid bigger salaries compared to us storytellers, and I’m sure you know that. However, it takes a mere two or three weeks to learn CSS, HTML and JavaScript. It’s actually not too intensive.

Another concern its that coding is nothing like writing. Desiring a writer with coding skills sounds like wanting a writer with dental skills; it seems like an odd connection. (I actually came across a job ad today that wanted the ideal candidate to have both professional marketing and dental experience.) If you really think about it though, it doesn’t matter that the two fields are different. Aren’t you good at many other things besides writing? (I bet you really are.)

I say take advantage of online resources and spruce up your writing abilities a little if you haven’t already.


Author: writingisforbirds

I am a marketing professional who loves to write. My interests are everything from crafts to social issues to birds to SEO.

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