How Myspace Gave a Google Girl Her Passion For Coding and Web Design
As a driven young professional in the ever-changing world of digital marketing, I am always looking to improve myself. I want to drive better results at my Philadelphia based agency, Results Driven Marketing (Hopefully, that pun is funny. I am not sure if it is). I want to be as well rounded as possible, to be marketable for building my own career. However, my most important goal is to continually impress and out do myself.
There is one skill set that has always intrigued and alluded me. What is it? Computer coding. This highly profitable talent blends math, logic, diligence and quite frankly patience. All of those skills I have none of, by the way. Maybe that’s why I want it listed in my repertoire of tools and tricks so badly.
I attribute my fascination to one of the legends of the past, Myspace! I remember my 11-year-old self secretly making an account on the social media platform (I was strictly forbidden from using it), finding a place I could hide from my parents, and losing myself in row after row of code. I would spend hours pulling sections that I found from different sources and working them together to make exactly what I wanted.
Right now, and since the birth of web design coders have used their secret language made of numbers, letters, symbols and spaces to track analytics, optimize pages for search engine marketing, build iOS applications, or design beautiful websites on any topic. They do all of this while making substantial six figure salaries, by the way!
But for me? My understanding of code correlated to a sparkly border around my profile picture, making my favorite song play when you opened my page, or a customized background I made that said “Mrs. Joe Jonas” but does that matter? Not at all.
I first learned the very basics of coding simply because I wanted the coolest profile page of all my friends (and wanted to show off my undying love for Joe Jonas, obviously). I think this story somehow includes a lifelong lesson. I am not one for lessons, but I’ll give it a shot.
Exposing people to skills in the technology can be as simple as this. The digital revolution is only growing, and it is not going away anytime soon. We, as professionals, can’t hide from challenging skills or ideas that scare us. I didn’t make the connection of how influential coding my Myspace profile was until I was thrown into a project at work and actually remembered enough to make it through.
What a beautiful moment that was; a moment where I succeed in out doing myself. Let me let you in on a little secret. In contrast to what your teachers and coaches have said; you don’t have to be the best at something to succeed! A solid work ethic and adventurous attitude will carry you farther than any one particular talent.
I wanted to take a moment to shout out an organization which works tirelessly to give young girls skills to succeed in the technology industry. Girls Who Code sets up workshops and camps all over the United States to give girls computer science skills. The gender gap in the information sciences is already huge, but as years go by it widens further. I have nothing but respect and love for everything this organization does, and I am personally so excited to see future generations of empowered women becoming leaders in tech.
If you got inspired by this riveting tale of how Myspace profiles and female empowerment have a role in web design, you may want to see how well we can apply our skills to your website! Contact us at (215) 393-8700 and let us show you what we can do!