Interdisciplinarity: When “too much” is never enough

First word = a tongue twister, I know. But for the past weeks, I kept thinking about it. And about IT. And about other things besides IT. And about how they all interconnect with each other or, better yet, how:

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The falling letters? Photoshop. The meme doge? Internet. I didn’t make the whole image in PS, though, a large part of it is in Paint (retrospectively speaking, the “I” could have used a little more tilting). But maybe I’ll see the day when I’ll make the entire photo in PS. Or even create my own doge! (Nah, I don’t think I could create a doge *sad face*)

I’ve also started reading about social media because I need some answers. For so long, I’ve asked myself “How do you get to be seen on social media?”, “What do you need to do to relate to your readers?”, “When to post so that you’d get the best engagements?” I did copywriting for a short time when I was much younger (last year, actually), but there wasn’t enough time to answer these questions and all the others that I had in mind. Right now, the time for questioning is over for me! But how would this help *you*? I’m glad you asked this question because you will see that:

You get to be more creative

You learn a little bit of this, a little bit of that, you get to talk to people. You listen to what they say and your brain adds everything up and makes the connections. “Oh, so this belongs to that and the other one is for this? I could totally use it!” Ideas start coming and coming and who knows what might come out of it? This is really helpful, especially that:

You get to understand what others are going through

If you’re a tester and you learn Javascript, it will be easier for you to understand the problems that can occur by working with that programming language. Bonus points: you will also know how to fix and explain the issue in greater detail. But the best part of it is seeing just how hard it is for the developer to do what he’s doing and learn to appreciate that his job is no easy feat. These add all up to the following idea:

You add value to yourself as a person and as a professional

How cool would it be if you knew testing, a programming language, a scripting language, photo manipulation, playing the guitar and tailoring? They seem totally different from one another and they actually *are*, but you might find out that stitching up a new dress requires as much patience as doing exhaustive testing or creating a photo pixel by pixel. Salsa dance courses anyone?

 

A downside, you could say, is that it takes up some of your time and you have to keep up a consistency to feel that you actually learned something at the end of the week. You could repeat an action every day for 10 minutes, like reading a book, and that’s totally okay. If you’d like to learn a skill, though, 10 minutes daily might not be enough, but it depends on a lot of factors. So, try as many combinations as you’d like or can and see what’s right for you! You’ll find me here, tweaking at doge pictures. So amaze!

Test on and learn on,

A. Testophiliac