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Wear the Blue Beanie with Pride

By Stephanie (Sullivan) Rewis | November 23rd, 2007 | Filed in General, Outreach, Web Standards (general)

In honor of Jeffrey Zeldman’s blue beanie on the cover of his classic book, Monday, November 26th is blue beanie day. You can participate and share the Web standards benefits with everyone!

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It’s not uncommon for those of us involved in WaSP to have people ask, “What can I do to advance other’s knowledge and use of Web standards?” WaSP members do a good bit of writing, speaking, and working with vendors of the products used to produce or display our collective work on the web. But as individuals, even working as a group, we can only go so far. That’s where you come in. Each of you has a realm of influence. You may work in an office with co-workers, or online from a home office, but you come into contact with other web workers in some way every day. These people are in your sphere and you’re the best one to evangelize them. You’re the best one to explain to them the benefits of using Web standards.

Yes, as tired as the comparison may be, evangelism reaches more people than any single person can. Think of the way religions are forwarded, multi-level companies are built, and large corporations get information about their products to the masses. Think of the way things go viral on the Web. It’s not by a few people talking about it a lot. It’s by people getting excited where they are, and then telling everyone they can about it.

On Monday, November 26th, you have a chance to loudly proclaim your support of Web standards. You have a chance to have people look at you oddly and ask, “What the heck were you thinking when you got dressed this morning?” It’s the day that you can proudly wear the blue beanie on your head no matter what else you’re wearing! It’s likely most of you reading Buzz have seen, if not read, Jeffrey Zeldman’s classic book, “Designing with Web Standards.” In honor of the blue beanie Jeffrey wears on the cover, web workers all over the globe will don their own blue beanies to proclaim their support.

It doesn’t matter whether you work from a home office or in a corporate environment where you can actually wear the blue beanie to work, there are a myriad of ways you can wear the blue beanie. You can put your picture on Flickr wearing a blue beanie. Change your avatar at all your social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Dopplr, Pownce,, iLike or others you may belong to. And as long as it’s online fun you’re having, you can get creative with a graphics program and put someone else’s blue beanie on your head or paint your black beanie blue. The possibilities are endless.

If you have a Facebook account, you can join the blue beanie day group there. For the Flickr members, there’s a Flickr pool to add photos of you, or you and your friends, all in blue beanies.

Whatever your situation, wear the blue beanie with pride on Monday, November 26th and tell everyone you know about the benefits of using Web standards!

(This article translated into Polish by Sebastian Snopek.)

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#1 On November 24th, 2007 11:17 am