A review of my year in web development, fitness, art, writing, and life.
A year is just one thing – one revolution of the Earth around the Sun. Here are a few things I did.
I wrote 14 articles.
That’s a little over one article per month. I did my best to always focus on quality over quantity, and I only wrote long guides and instructive tutorials. I didn’t write about opinions, or make small posts for snippets.
This blog has been my greatest accomplishment and favorite hobby, thank you all for reading, sharing, and commenting!
And I won’t mention how many email templates I made. A few of these sites were done in collaboration with a designer, but most of them were my product, from conception to launch. This involves setting up a meeting, sending out a quote and proposal, creating a design in Illustrator, developing an HTML site, integrating a CMS, and migrating to a live server. 2016 was the first full year I spent as a professional web developer.
I made 883 commits.
This means absolutely nothing. It’s like keeping track of how many lines of code are in your project. Still, it’s fun to look at. I was relatively consistent with how often I worked on projects, with the exception of one vacation in September. I rarely ever commit on weekends, and I like it that way. Some of my commits for personal projects have titles like “did stuff”, “hmm”, “here goes nothing!”, and “EIGHTIES MODE”, but I’m working on getting better.
I lost 11 pounds.
I started 2016 at 146 pounds, and today I weigh 135. I did this through a lot of running, biking, and lifting, as well as eating healthy. I’d also like to write about how I stay in shape.
I recorded 8 songs.
Occasionally, I like warbling into my phone, playing the accordion, and making really bad Photoshops, and I consider this a great accomplishment. Here’s a peek at my “unique” taste in music.
I enjoyed drawing as a kid, but I stopped around 2007 when I began working as a chef. I thought drawing all 150 Pokemon would be a nice, tangible goal to get back into a drawing hobby. I made four! That’s almost 3%!
(Only 3 Pokemon pictured because I don’t know where I put the other one…)
I drew 3 portraits.
I also attempted to make a few portraits, which has always been a struggle for me.
Can you tell who they are!?
I deleted Facebook
I’ve had every method of “staying in touch” via the Internet growing up – Livejournal, MySpace, Facebook. After 10 years, I finally permanently deleted Facebook. Whenever someone asks me why, I just say, because I’m weird!, but Leo Babauta of Zenhabits has a much more eloquent explanation that sums up most of my reasons.
I never had Tumblr, Instagram, or Pinterest to begin with. I do have Twitter since it’s the cool kid developer thing to do.
I also travelled to some places (Arizona, Sweden, Denmark), and biked and hiked, my favorite outdoor activities. I found a method of organization that worked for me. I made it to the front page of Reddit. I made an online game and got a bunch of my friends to play for a while. I wrote an article for SitePoint. I started a small community of programmers and aspiring developers. I designed a framework that I used for all my professional sites. I learned a lot about life and love.
My only goal is to be the best person I can be.
Here are just a few things I’d like to accomplish or focus on.