The all-too-infamous 2020 is wrapping up. Potentially unfounded optimism about 2021 aside, now feels like a good time to take a look back and see how the 2020 goals went.
As always, let’s begin with the scorecard:
- Make PyBeach Happen: ✓
- Migrate My Projects: ✓
- Actually Start a Newsletter: ✗
- Complete a Hardware Project: ✗
- Explore a New Sphere Within Software: ✗
1. Make PyBeach Happen: ✓
PyBeach 2020 happened. It was great. The talks were all stellar. The speakers were all fabulous. The organizers and volunteers were all made of love. The sponsors made it all possible. We would be having a 2021 edition were it not for the, uhh, you know. We’ll be back when that’s a reasonable thing to do. <3
2. Migrate My Projects: ✓
I essentially accomplished what I wanted here:
- I migrated this very site and nik.pub to static site generators and Netlify, dropping the monthly cost for them to $0.
- I moved Autohook into its own organization and
conned some people into co-maintainershipfound a few co-maintainers. This will hopefully allow the project to evolve better than in just my own hands, especially since I haven’t used it in quite a while.
- I retired Send Otter Love and Wendlerizer. This is something I should probably be doing more often and liberally, especially for non-libraries.
- I also realized I was actually OK with some parts of how things were. Namely, hosting on Heroku saves me so much infrastructure work, which is something I don’t particularly enjoy doing. I plan on continuing this for the time being.
3. Actually Start a Newsletter: ✗
Nope. I didn’t produce nearly enough content to warrant one. I even removed the navigation link and page for it.
4. Complete a Hardware Project: ✗
Nope, though I did start one and make some headway! It’s on ice for the time being.
5. Explore a New Sphere Within Software: ✗
I’m inclined to nope this one as well, but I might’ve earned partial credit. While I don’t think of myself as a cloud expert, I learned a lot more than I expected about AWS, Terraform, and cloud in general.
Two (and a half) out of five is OK with me. Sure, it could’ve been better, but it also very easily could’ve been worse. Given that these annual goals are often at least somewhat impulsive, this is fine.
I’ll be posting 2021 goals shortly.