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The Techie Continuum

When referring to myself over the years, I’ve always adamantly declared that despite whatever skills I might have,

“I’m not a techie.”

I didn’t study computer science and I’m not what I’d call a “hard-core programmer.”

And yet some might point out the obvious. I’ve been sharing WordPress knowledge in forums and at conferences ever since I started using it. I’m my family’s on-call tech support. I help folks with technical issues all day, every day, and even get paid to do it. I solve people’s WordPress problems, quash quandaries, clarify conundrums.

Even so, I still wouldn’t dream of referring to myself as an expert, guru, or ninja. (And let’s not even bring up “rock star” – just don’t go there.)

Due to a combination of low self-esteem, imposter syndrome, and, let’s face it, a severe case of Canadianitis, I’ve only recently come to truly believe that I may actually know some stuff. I now realize that everyone can be found somewhere on a techie continuum, and perhaps, just maybe, I’m somewhere toward the higher end of it.

No matter where you are on the techie continuum, chances are you know a bit more about something than someone else. Don’t be afraid to share your knowledge with them. It feels good. It’s giving back. And maybe some day you’ll even start to feel confident that you know a few things.

Not a ninja. Photo (cc) by Nick Harris

5 replies on “The Techie Continuum”

A “techie continuum” – so bang on!! Often I get help from *you* – but then the next day I’m the tech guru where I work, would you believe. Yup, it’s all relative.

There’s so many job postings these days that are looking for a guru/ninja/rock star, and for all the reasons you’ve listed above (including Canadianitis), I usually take a pass on those.

I’d like you to know that I look up to you for your tech support in the forums, so I’m surprised (and somewhat secretly pleased) to hear you also feel this way, even though I know you shouldn’t. Thanks for sharing!

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