On the web there’s no shortage of people telling you what to do. I’m going to as well.
I’m not going to tell you how you should indent your code, whether to write your css on single lines or multiple lines or which grid system you have to use. Of course I’ve got my own opinions and working practice when it comes to everything I do and I sometimes share techniques and tips but I’d rather you made up your own mind.
They’re formed from several years doing what I do and are based on constantly refining and learning and evaluating what people say. It’s very rare I implement or agree with something without reviewing it and deciding how that fits in with best practice, working practice (believe me, they’re different!), client requirements and my own workflow both as a freelancer and part of our humble little team at Offroadcode.
I tweeted Matt Gemmell’s update on his decision to turn off blog comments and got some interesting comments from David Bushell regarding the advice in Matt’s article to consider turning off comments on your own blog if you’ve got one and it raised an interesting point about influential bloggers like Matt saying things like this and the point David made about less experienced folks taking this as more than advice (despite the wording) and as more of an authoritative statement.
Hence advising to consider, rather than a blanket recommendation. Have to assume readers have the intelligence to think about it. Matt Gemmell
Make your own mind up
For the most part, it’s easy for me to sit here and say make your own mind up about something. I’m comfortable that I can either make an informed decision on things in my area of expertise or know that I’ve made friends and contacts who I can ask for solid advice on things I don’t know. Don’t ever do something just because someone else does.
If you’re newer to the industry this might not be as easy but I encourage you to make every effort to be decisive and question everything so you can at least make an informed decision for yourself. The beauty of the web is that nobody knows everything – we’re all learning every day.
Just because someone stands on a stage or writes a blog, it doesn’t make anything gospel. It’s probably right in most cases, but please have the confidence to decide for yourself!