Not at all, it's actually refreshing t hear since I get a lot of questions about actual animation that I can't exactly answer easily, haha.
It depends on the program you're using really, and what program you're most comfortable with using. Photoshop can make animated gifs, but I don't use it for mine simply because I don't like the interface, even though it works just fine.
If you're using photoshop this should come in handy though. [link]