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:
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 (opens in a new tab) and Hashnode (opens in a new tab), and posted it on Reddit (opens in a new tab) as well. It also got picked up by React Status (opens in a new tab) and the Stack Overflow newsletter (opens in a new tab)!
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 :)
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 (opens in a new tab) and @cassidoo (opens in a new tab)!
We also have a public handbook (opens in a new tab) that I recommend checking out! (Our number one value is kindness (opens in a new tab) 🙂)
Working from home (for so long!) was a first for a lot of us, but in addition, I also:
- Got a chance to speak at a conf (opens in a new tab) for the first time (which got postponed to March '21 (opens in a new tab) 😭).
- Got to play in VR (opens in a new tab) (thanks @Remote (opens in a new tab)!) It is one thing to read up and/or watch LTT videos about it, but nothing prepares you for the moment when you get to experience it firsthand.
- Took part in Advent of Code (opens in a new tab), albeit I could only keep up for nine days; You can find my solutions here (opens in a new tab).
- Got more into mechanical keyboards.
- Started doing the New York Times Mini Crossword (opens in a new tab) almost regularly.
- Treated myself for 2020 with the Sony WH-1000XM4 (opens in a new tab).
- Released Karma (opens in a new tab) — a custom theme for VS Code, and I'm so so proud that it was good enough for 2500+ people to install it!.
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 (opens in a new tab) to me if you wanna play (opens in a new tab) 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!.
Last updated: January 17, 2021
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