Hi, I’m a ninja
I just read Rob Mason’s article Demeaning titles, with the tagline “Ninja, Rockstar or Jedi — please don’t”. His article discusses the use of such titles by web designers, web developers and the like; how it is simply bragging, and that there is no need to label yourself with such titles.
Ideally, your work should speak for itself.
Yes, it should.
For about half a year, I have written on my portfolio that “I’m pretty ninja at HTML5, CSS and WordPress”.
Well, I am pretty ninja. I’m not saying I am a ninja. I’m just saying I’m good at what I do.
I further that point, and write “and I’m kind of awesome with RWD and IA”.
I say kind of because in comparison to what I am ninja at, I am probably not quite as good.
Daniel pointed out that such titles are become cliche in the web design community. They are, but at the same time, it all started for a bit of fun. No one who says they are a Jedi really thinks they are a Jedi. No one who says they are a ninja really thinks they are a ninja.
At work, we use the two terms to basically set apart those people who are extremely skilled in certain aspects related to the functioning of the company. Yes, that was a mouthful, and extremely vague.
Moving on. Web design is a profession. It is generally advised to maintain a sense of professionalism. But I dumped my all-too-serious portfolio two years ago to write something fun, even if it was a casual “My favourite colour is red; in case you hadn’t guessed that already”. What did it do? It got me a job.
So did “I’m pretty ninja at HTML5, CSS and WordPress”. Well, not quite directly – but it wasn’t something that deterred me from being employed. For the record, I got three job offers at the beginning of this year, none of which I actually even applied for.
Everyone exaggerates from time to time. Like, you don’t really piss yourself laughing when you say PMSL. Do you really LOL? LOL.
Just another thing that shouldn’t be taken so seriously.