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Dev Retro 2022: My 2022 Year in Review

Dev Retro 2022: My 2022 Year in Review

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Nick Taylor
ยทDec 24, 2022ยท

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Well, it's been a year! And you know what that means. Time for my year in review.

Work

New beginnings

After almost two and a half years at Forem, the software that powers dev.to, I decided to move on to new challenges.

My first day at Netlify was April 4th, and it's been fun and challenging ever since!

Offsite

It's not why I joined Netlify, but I won't lie; having an offsite in Hawaii was pretty sweet!

Me diving down snorkling in Honolua Bay, Hawaii

I got to meet all my co-workers and enjoy some downtime. I was floating in the Pacific with my entire team at one point. I highly recommend meetings in the ocean.

Layoffs

Unfortunately, like many tech companies, even Netlify was not immune to layoffs. 16% of the company was laid off. I made the cut, but it's a weird feeling making the cut. I'm still happy to be working at Netlify, and life goes on, but it's been weird getting back to whatever "normal" is. Having said that, I'm still super excited about the stuff we're working on.

Content Creation

Talks

I gave a bunch of talks this year and was even on a panel!

Tools for web developers: Live coding and debugging

Virtual Coffee Lunch & Learn: Asking Coding Questions

Automate syndication and ownership of your content with Eleventy

Expert Panel: Trending Tools and Frameworks โ€“ What's Hype and What's Not

Fresh: A New Full Stack Web Framework for Deno

If you want the slide decks and additional info or want to check out previous talks, head on over to my Talks page.

Streaming on Twitch

I did my last stream for dev.to, and then around the end of April, I started putting some love into my own Twitch stream. Although I loved doing the dev.to Twitch stream with my co-worker Christina; I had neglected my own channel for about two years. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

I re-kickstarted my own stream and was happy with how it turned out. From a numbers perspective, even though I don't care as much about this as my lizard brain does, I went from about 100 followers to what I currently have, 425 followers. Thanks to everyone who thought my airtime was worth the watch, and a big thanks to my subscribers.

And lastly, a big thank you to all the guests! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

Scrolling through all the highlight videos for 2022 for my Twitch stream

If you want to check out all the streaming I do, check out my streaming page.

All streams end up on my YouTube channel, so you know the drill. Hit that subscribe button. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Check out great content like this interview with Deno core member Luca Casonato, walking me through Fresh, a new full-stack web framework for Deno.

Twitch Stream Guest

Aside from streaming on my own Twitch channel, I was also a guest on a few streams. Thanks for having me Deepgram, Jenn Junod, and Anthony Campolo!

Twitter Spaces

I listen to Twitter Spaces somewhat frequently and sometimes I'm also a speaker. I can't remember all the Twitter Spaces I spoke at, but here's a couple I spoke on:

Frontend Fun: JS Frameworks and Deployment Platforms

Hacktoberfest Getting Started Q & A

There's a bunch more on my Polywork if you want to check them out over there.

Podcasting

I dipped my toes into the world of podcasting. I started repurposing content from my streams in audio format.

The podcast is still pretty new, but I've had a lot of fun pulling out what I think are great conversations from my Twitch stream and putting them in podcast format. Here's the latest episode with @chantastic. Loved this conversation with Chan!

Podcast Guest

I was also a podcast guest on a couple of podcasts. Thanks again for having me Eddie and Candost!

Blogging

I haven't blogged a ton this year, but I still got some posts out, including one about automating my blogging workflow, which I'll discuss in the next section.

I also was one of the top authors for dev.to for 2022! The post I wrote about frontend developer resources was the number two post for the whole year! ๐Ÿคฏ

Automation of my content creation workflow

I put more time into automating some of the things I do in content creation. Regarding blogging, I blog on dev. A GitHub action runs nightly to pull in my dev.to posts into my blog. I got this set up just before starting at Netlify. Still, I recently improved it, so now it generates pull requests (PR) automatically with deploy previews. If all the checks pass, it merges automatically. Before that, I was merging the code directly to my main branch for my blog, so I could only see if something broke if I went to my Netlify dashboard. I'm really happy with this flow now.

Aside from that, I automated pulling in guest information for my Twitch stream. Before that, I was manually adding the info before every stream.

There have been some Tweaks, but here's the initial PR that made it happen.

There's still more to do, but I'm really happy with this setup at the moment.

Community

VS Code Tips Community

I started a community over a year ago for VS Code, as I'm a fan. Ultimately, I needed more time to grow the community, which I didn't have, so I decided to shut down the community.

Thanks to everyone that joined!

My Discord Server

Although the VSCodeTips community didn't pan out in the end, I put my energy into a Discord community as it relates more to things I do weekly, like streaming. If you're interested in joining the community, head to discord.iamdeveloper.com.

Virtual Coffee

Although I've been a lot busier this year with the new job, I still volunteer at Virtual Coffee. It's my favourite community. As always, thanks to Bekah (@bekahhw) for starting this community, and to all the volunteers that make it happen.

The Collab Lab

I've been helping at The Collab Lab since December 2021, but it was mainly in Slack, supporting people. This summer, though, I got to mentor my first cohort. It was a lot of fun, and I'm super proud of what my team accomplished.

And that's a wrap! I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of my vacation and coming back recharged for 2023!

Photo by Choong Deng Xiang on Unsplash

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