Happy new year and welcome to the 12412 project!
2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year on the web and we’d like to help you get the most out of it with a personal learning challenge – to experience 12 new technologies over the course of the year.
But finding the spare time to learn can be a challenge, or motivating yourself when it feels like everyone else is racing ahead.
So what to do about it?
Make a little commitment. The idea of 12412 is to play with a new technology, technique or even design style each month throughout the year. Either related to something you already do, or maybe you just want to try something totally different.
Set yourself small, achievable projects to work on and use 12412.org as a support group. We will all help to motivate each other and join in to offer help where we can.
How to get involved
One thing we’re not about is telling you what to do or how to do it. Everyone has their own interests and their own way of learning, and there’s no end of resources and tutorials out there.
We’re simply a group of people who want to grow their own skills, and help others do the same by collaborating and tracking progress throughout the year.
There’s no minimum commitment – you can contribute as much or as little as you’re able to. Either register here and start blogging your progress, or carry on writing where you already do and we’ll link you up (if you let us know about it!).
Where we go from here
This 12412 site itself is very much a work in progress. We’ll be developing and adding to it over the months as we get a feel for what we want to learn as a team, and the best ways to present the kinds of things that are being talked about. So don’t be surprised to see ongoing changes here throughout the year.
Over the next few days we’ll also be going into detail on some of the technologies you could try out, with links and resources.
As well as starting to document our own 12412 projects of course.
We look forward to hearing your feedback and seeing your discoveries. Comment here or get in touch on Twitter at @12412project.
Steve, Paul and Anthony
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