Year in Review — 2020

2020 was a weird year for us all, but here's everything that I was able to do this year anyway:

Finally launched my blog!

At the beginning of 2020, I set out to redo my personal website. I was fairly impressed with how I’d built it (over-engineered and such), and also with how my blog post — which was a big motivation for revamping my website in the first place — had started to take shape. After months of work (and procrastination), I published my blog post in late November.

I crossposted it to dev.to and Hashnode, and posted it on Reddit as well. It also got picked up by React Status and the Stack Overflow newsletter!

I'd planned quite a bit for its release, but that still didn't prepare me for the sheer number of people who read my blog post — between all three platforms that I posted on, over 15 thousand checked out the post!

Here's what I wanna say to you — if you've got that one article that you've been sitting on for weeks/months, get it out there! You'd be surprised at how many people find it intriguing :)

Became more active on Twitter

There's tons of great content on Twitter if you're following the right people — I realised that in a year without much physical interaction with people, Twitter is a great outlet for thinking out loud; I got loads of feedback and motivation from people. Heck, I even got a job interview just because I was following someone who posted about it! The highlight of it all was getting followed by @Netlify and @cassidoo!

Got a new job!

Late last year I started working at Remote, a company that is everything I'd ever dreamed of. It really does "walk the talk" of working remote and async!

We also have a public handbook that I recommend checking out! (Our number one value is kindness 🙂)

A Year of Firsts

Working from home (for so long!) was a first for a lot of us, but in addition, I also:

Oculus Quest 2

  • Took part in Advent of Code, albeit I could only keep up for nine days; You can find my solutions here.
  • Got more into mechanical keyboards.

Magicforce Smart 2 with Gateron Browns

Sony WH-1000XM4

  • Released Karma — a custom theme for VS Code, and I'm so so proud that it was good enough for 2500+ people to install it!.

Karma: a VS Code theme

I'm not great at keeping resolutions, but I came up with a list of things that I hope to do in 2021:

  • Become better at fullstack develop and build an app, no matter the size.
  • Learn in public.
  • Help more people learn how to code (and get better myself).
  • Be more consistent with posts on my blog and my newsletter.
  • Hopefully get to speak at offline events and also conquer my stage fright (or whatever's left of it).
  • Get better at CSGO (reach out to me if you wanna play along with me!).
  • Improve my Remote work setup (should have some updates soon!) I received my setup! You can also check out my /uses page!.

My setup

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Last updated: January 17, 2021

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