I'm not certifiable, I don't make money at it, I couldn't hack into my mother's Facebook page no matter how many FBI agents were after me.
But I am a geek, at least in spirit.
I know this because I just finished a week-long project that could have probably been accomplished by a non-geek in about 2.5 hours. Why did it take me so long? Because I didn't use Microsoft Publisher. I didn't use Microsoft Word. I didn't even use OpenOffice.
I used HTML and CSS.
In hopes that I connect heart-to-heart with other wanna-be geeks, here's my story:
Project Goal: Create a 72-page, pocket-sized field book, with formatted pages that include graphics.
Easy, right? Fire up any standard word processing or desktop publisher, spend an hour and a half entering content, and perhaps another half hour to format and tweak page sizes and sections, another 30 minutes to print and staple together, and the project's done!
However, I'm a geek. I think HTML and CSS are cool. I like programming computers. I'm not normal.
Step 1: Backstory
Anyway, some of the stuff I need to know doesn't really change, not often, but it's not easy to memorize, at least not completely accurately. So, I keep a notepad handy. During my first year at work I wrote down important stuff in a 3x5 spiral notepad. When stuff changed, I scratched it out and added in the updated stuff. When the notepad was full, I got a fresh one, recopied all my important stuff and kept going.
After the first year, my important stuff outgrew my little notepad. It became a pain to recopy everything by hand. So, I cogitated how best to digitize my stuff.