aka thoughts on what everybody else is doing
I have just finished reading The State of the Web survey results. I was surprised by the results of the survey of current web practices, I always considered myself an early adopter of design and development practices and technologies when it comes to HTML, CSS and the ilk. With an early adopter audience for this survey, I expected to be in the middle of the pack of with my design and development practices.
Well I am with my choice of OS, Tiger on the laptop, XP (not my choice) at work, browser of choice Firefox 3 (well 3.1 beta) and even our work environment with linux, apache, PHP, PostgreSQL and MySQL. But then things do take a surprising turn.
Around 25% of respondents test sites in a mobile browser, 33% use microformats, 4% use RDFA (it has been in my footer for a couple of years now), 4% use @font-face (I was one of the six respondents to use both TTF/OTF and EOT formats), all things I do and most for a year or two (@font-face excluded).
So I am ahead of the early adopters and this scares me. Because for the last two years I have not been pushing my craft, I have been reading less, particularly leading edge web development blogs and up until a few weeks ago not experimenting.
Instead I believe not enough people are pushing their skills, not spending enough time seeking out what other people are doing, learning new and cool stuff and just having fun experimenting. Well I am not going to be one of them, so I hope you will at least join me for the ride if you are not going to push yourself.