It's been 365 days since I started my blogging journey, and this will be article 365.
I know many of you want to know my secret, and the truth is there isn't one. You don't need to be a magician, wizard, or mage to do anything with discipline.
It's all about making time relative and making an effort.
Of course, 2020 was a horrible year in some way or another. People lost jobs, they lost people dear to them, they lost freedom, and much more.
People also gained opportunities, working from home, spending more time with loved ones, not sitting in traffic for hours.
The covid situation is anything but good, and there are many downsides. But for me, I lost about an hour of travel time every day, which I considered an opportunity.
And you know what? I decided to use that time to start something new, a blog that is!
It's really as simple as making time relative and using it optimally.
Before I did this same trick with volunteer work.
I decided watching TV as much as I did was pointless.
I could easily stop watching TV for 3 hours a week, which I dedicated to a volunteer job.
In the end, you don't even notice these changes in any negative way. More often, they will spark motivation.
So why blogging?
I started a lifestyle blog in 2018, but it never really took off. The articles were long and took forever to write. I did have much passion for writing them since they were things I enjoyed.
However, it just didn't satisfy me enough. With his came some imposter syndrome about not being a good enough developer and not getting enough time to improve me.
I thought long about this and decided why not combine learning and improving by writing it down? I've always been a person who remembers things best by writing them down. And so Daily Dev Tips was born.
I write a single article every day. These articles cover everyday topics I face as a developer.
What did you achieve in a year?
A year goes by quick. It almost feels like not much has happened. But thinking about it, so many things happened!
Not just in a blogging field, but in general.
- I decided to spend more time in a place I feel my best
- Got a super fantastic dog
- The woman I loved said Yes to my proposal
- I got a new job in a pandemic
- I achieved financial freedom
And as far as the blog goes:
- 365 articles
- 3220 Twitter fans
- 570 subscribers to my daily dev tips newsletter
- 824 Facebook followers
- Spoke at the Hashnode event
- 51K+ unique users with a whopping 90K pageviews!
It was a superb year, heck no traveling, but many good things happened, and I'm sure it will come.
Which articles are you most proud of
I'll sum up my favorite articles from last year. These are by far the most viewed and loved articles:
- CSS Frosted glass credit card
- CSS Truncate Text With Ellipsis
- Goodbye comments, welcome Webmentions 🙋🏼♂️
- CSS for the Scrollbar
- Vanilla JS add event listener on multiple elements
- Top 10 Chrome extensions for developers 👀
- Making a footer stick to the bottom with CSS
This is a question I truly don't know. To be honest, doing this daily is quite strenuous, not particularly during the week (remember that free time?).
But the weekends can be killing, not just for me, but also for my partner.
So I might have to drop to weekdays only, and I'm sure no-one will really be sad about that.
I tend to keep up the blog, grow even bigger and help more people to become better developers themselves.
It would also be super cool to talk at some events, so who knows?
From the bottom of my heart, thank you! Yes, you, the reader of this article, are a part of this now. By reading my articles, sharing them, liking them, you motivate me to continue this journey.
To the stars and beyond!