12 Most Eye Opening Benefits for Bloggers Who Learn Code
1. It improves the text
CSS or Cascading Style Sheets are responsible for changing the way text looks. There are several tricks up our sleeves such as specifying fonts, their color, or even the spacing between letters. Check out this tutorial on how you can change the appearance of your fonts.
2. Integrates social media
There are several options for those who would like to integrate social media directly into their text. I am only going to talk about Twitter because I know that best, but there are many more. Plugins like Tweetherder work as a shortcode for WordPress. You can also use click to tweet to generate a link that when clicked updates someone’s status for them. If you are really ambitious you can add @anywhere to your blog.
3. Gives flavor
Code can give a little bit of flavor that really spices things up. Here is an example of a simple website built with the jquery plugin Lettering.js . The site is made using only the dingbat font and using lettering.js to style each individual pictogram.
4. Frames your pictures
I used to be jealous of those extravagant borders around images that some people have created. We have CSS and crazy border effects that can make round corners, Polaroid frames, and drop shadows. People who have mastered the art of CSS3 borders have made amazing images that are pure code.
5. Gives you independence
One of the thrills of learning some code is independence. You can do simple tweaks like using the font-size property. That gives you some freedom to stray from a default theme without having to hire a designer to fix it for you.
6. Can enhance video
Speaking of cool Jquery plugins, one of my favorites is popcorn.js. Here is the demo page by Mozilla. It basically allows you to update your website as a video plays. This is a great way for business to explain what they do, show directions, or list employee bios. The possibilities are endless.
7. Can be self taught
8. Helps with grammar
Code is like learning a foreign language. It comes with its own grammatical structure and punctuation. Coding can teach you a lot about the issues that arise when you are off by just a semi-colon in your writing.
9. Rethink the structure of your writing
You may find that as you learn, you change the way you structure your writing. Coding teaches you logical construction. Each block of code is like a paragraph. Take that experience with you the next time you write a blog post.
10. Can get you a job
11. Change your perspective
Learning code is like learning about the Matrix. Suddenly you can see the code underneath your favorite apps. It opens up a whole new world and experience.
12. Customize your site
Learning to code is a great way to save some money on redesigning your blog. As you can see there are already 11 benefits for you in this endeavor. The last one being that you will be able to hack a theme for your own designs or even build one yourself.
Have you ever tackled coding for your site?
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