Yes we’re still alive ;) No jokes apart, it’s time for a year retrospective.
Normally, a retrospective consists more or less about asking the following three questions:
- What did we do well?
- What did we do wrong?
- What could be improved?
For a year recap, let’s change it a bit.
What did 2012 bring?
2012 was a successful year. Beside relocating to a new home together with my girlfriend I also managed to finish my exam to the 2nd Dan in Yoseikan Budo.
New Blog Hosting and Style
I didn’t even recognize, but when browsing through the year recap posts of past years, one point was always a restyle of my blog.
This year (actually already in September), after about six years on Blogger, I completely changed the way of how my blog is being hosted and constructed, namely by using a static site generator, Jekyll, hosted on GitHub. A couple of days ago I then renewed the style and overall appearance of the site as well. So, why the change and why the restylings?
- ..because I like to have full control of what is going on. While Blogger is a nice service with lots of customizations, its main focus is on allowing the average user to quickly build a blog with predefined templates and so on…Customizations are not the focus, while Jekyll is simply blogging for hackers ;)
- 2nd, because I like nicely styled pages. For me, the page design is at least as important as good features and functionalities. For many devs, CSS is something that frontend designers have to care about. But that’s not entirely true. IMHO good web developers should know how CSS works, in-depth. What is definitely not their job is to make a good overall design by combining the right colors etc.
So, the current design has been written from ground up by myself, obviously with the help of Bootstrap (and my girlfriend which had the role of combining the right colors, you know ;) ). The focus was to keep it simple with major importance on facilitating the reading of the posts itself as that’s what the blog is for. So, I hope you enjoy it and as always, feedback is welcome!
My Top Blogs and News Resources
I read tons of blogs and news which all get bundled for me by Google Reader. The ones that I probably read most and which come to my mind right now, are
- Twitter (the stuff posted by the people I follow)
Conferences: 1st QCon in London and JSDay (Verona)
Yep, this year was my 1st QCon conference in London. It was amazing, with great speakers! And London was great as well btw. I actually returned to London for holidays a couple of month ago with my girlfriend. Really nice.
So, what about 2013?
I wish a Happy New Year 2013 and thanks for everyone who’s following me.