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Redoing my blog and other developer fixations

calendar_monthPosted on:November 18, 2023

It’s been three years since I last posted here. But guess what I’ve done over and over in that timeframe? Start this blog over. We’ve all done it. It might be a developer thing. Otherwise, here’s what I’ve been up to and learned about myself in the meantime.

I switched jobs, twice

As companies made choices about their remote work policies – given the pandemic was “over” – I had to make my own choice about going back to the office. During that transition, I was able to land another, fully remote job, which had the added benefits of being a step-up career-wise and come with a higher salary.

Of course, I didn’t stop there. While in this new position, I realized I had even more to offer, and I wasn’t using my full potential. So I kept seeking new opportunities and found the one I have now: as a senior engineer at HeroDevs.

I started publicly speaking

I’ve always been an introvert. But I’m also passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping others. So in 2021 I went against my better judgment and submitted a talk for ng-conf. What could go wrong? I wasn’t going to get in, anyway.

But I did. And the rest is history. I’ve spoken at multiple events since then, and I’m looking forward to doing more of it in the future. I have two talks lined up this month: I’ll be flying to Verona, Italy to speak at angularday and then virtually at the Angular Community Meetup.

I learned I have ADHD

Imposter syndrome is real, but it’s one of those things we dismiss as normal when in reality, it’s usually a sign of something else. In my case, it was ADHD. I suspected it before, but it wasn’t until my son was diagnosed that I decided to seek help myself. After learning more about it, I realized I’ve been dealing with so many things that have held me back, like anxiety and procrastination, against my will.

Most people won’t care about this part, but I’m sharing this because your experience might be similar, and it might be beyond your control. Go to therapy and find out more about yourself. It’s worth it.

I redid my blog, of course

If you’re reading this post, you’re reading it on my new blog. This took me way too long and included way too many discarded iterations. But like I said, it’s just one of those things we do.

After going through Jekyll, Analog, and Astro with other themes, I went with AstroPaper. I’ll be tweaking this to my liking over time, but for now it’s good enough. I know I’ve said this before, but I promise!

What’s next?

With all of these cogs in motion, I’m ready to keep going. I’ll try to share content more often, keep developing talks, and learning about myself. Maybe I’ll earn my GDE badge one day! 😉