To a new year and new beginnings

 

I look back and realize that it’s been way too long since I last wrote something on this blog. And I don’t want to slip into the new year without cutting off this trend. Therefore I decided to do a review of 2017. I know, it’s a bit cliché, but everyone does it, so why not.

On the professional side, I have stepped away from the “on-site” contracting model and moved back to working remotely.  Like every major change, there are good parts and not so good parts, but it’s a step I had to take to move my career towards the next level. Over time it has become more and more clear to me that I am not cut to be a corporate worker. I have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to move away from that. There will be more on this topic in the new year.

Speaking of moving further, I am very pleased with the progress I had with my meetup, DublinCSS. While the absolute figures are not that impressive compared to other local meetups, for a very niche project (and from my personal point of view), this has been a terrific year.

I managed to arrange 7 meetings in 2017 and I am immensely grateful to the people that accepted my invitation to talk: Val Head (@vlh), Harry Roberts (@csswizardry), John Craddock (Do you use Twitter, John?), Aimee Lally (@Aimee_lally), Tommy Hodgins (@innovati), Katie Fenn (@katie_fenn) and last but not least Andres Galante (@andresgalante). You can see some of these presentations recorded on the DublinCSS YouTube channel.

While we’re on the topic of presentations, 2017 has also been the year I did my debut as a public speaker outside the local meetups. I did two short elevator pitch presentations, one at the All Day Hey event in Leeds, UK, which, in turn, opened the doors to the Reason To conference in Brighton, UK. I got recordings of both talks – feel free to check them on YouTube:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv563lTLrQY – All Day Hey presentation
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOP9slo0ADU – full recording of the Reasons To elevator pitches round. I’m the first in the lineup, but all talks have been very interesting.

Another great point of interest for me this year was saying goodbye to my trusty laptop as I moved to a new desktop computer. For the geeky ones of you, more details are available on the PC Part Picker build page. For the rest of you, here’s a picture I took of it soon after I finished putting it together. My desk is not that neat and clean anymore 🙂

I’ll round this up with a few hints about my new year resolutions (unfortunately the main resolution will still remain 1920x1200px for the foreseeable future). I’my trying to be short, so I’ll simply make a bullet list:

  • Pay more attention to my health and wellness. Working remotely means I am given again a very large degree of flexibility over my time and I need to take advantage of that.
  • Keep the momentum going with DublinCSS
  • Have at least one public speaking event
  • Attend at least 3 conferences in 2018
  • Make public the personal project I’ve been working on in 2017. More details on this will follow.
  • Last but not least, consolidate my career and my personal brand.

All this being said, I wish all of you a great and fulfilling 2018 and I will see you again next year.

Happy New Year everyone!