2018, A Post Mortem
It's been over a year since I wrote 2017: A Post Mortem, and a lot has happened! In list form:
- The new job I talked about? Turned out it wasn't for me, so I quit in June, and started at NOS the same month.
- I no longer think of myself as a junior developer and I'm not struggling with Imposter's Syndrome as much as I did in 2017.
- I gave a talk: you can read my blog post about it here.
- I helped organize a succesful edition of Fronteers Conference.
- I co-organized the third (and unfortunately, final) edition of the Stupid Hackathon Amsterdam.
- I learned a ton about ES6, Node, and Vue. But I also took a deep dive into OOP and design patterns.
The less than ideal:
- I managed to open source zero side projects, even though I did tons of things 🤷♀️
- I didn't contribute to any open source projects, even though that was my goal last year.
- I didn't write more blog posts (another goal from last year).
Sketch notes for the talk I gave at role=drinks, made by Stephanie!
On quitting a job less than six months in
In December 2017 I started a new job at a design agency. It's a great company and I had amazing co-workers, but after a few months I had to admit to myself that A) I did not like interacting with clients and B) I couldn't care less about the product I worked on. In order to enjoy my job, I need to work on something that I'd personally use. At the agency, I was working on a website for dairy farmers to keep track of the quality of their milk..so that wasn't ideal. The work itself was interesting: I learned a lot about ES6 and advanced Sass (and even some C#!), but the idea I was spending 40 hours a week working on a thing me or anyone I know would never use was pretty depressing. It felt like my work didn't matter.
So I switched jobs and now I work on a website that I personally use as well, and it's been great. Even the fact that our codebase contains a lot of legacy doesn't really have any impact on how much I enjoy the work. It's now MY legacy codebase and that's all that matters. Having a connection with the thing you work on is so important (YMMV, of course).
- I visited four countries: Romania, Germany, Portugal and Scotland, where I hiked the West Highland Way (10/10 would recommend, but don't be like me and lose 4 of your toenails)
- I read 61 books. My favorite? The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin.
- I watched 31 movies. I enjoyed Shirkers, Annihilation, and The Death of Stalin the most.
- I watched 38 TV show seasons and I have tons of favorites. Dirk Gently, The Terror, Westworld, Legion, The Expanse, Colony, Castlevania.. 2018 was a great year for TV!
- I scrobbled 16,448 songs. Some of my favorite albums of 2018 are (with links to reviews):
I have some goals for 2019, and they're largely the same as last year's: write good code and try to give back by open sourcing projects or contributing to existing open source projects. Maybe learn some React ୧(•̀ᴗ•́๑)ᵒᵏᵎᵎᵎᵎ
Loch Ness, May