Looking back at 2016
January 03, 2017 (~3 mins)
Hey y’all! This is the time of the year again. And what a year, my friends. What a crappy petty miserable one of a year. I can’t tell for you, but those last 6 months have been just a permanent stream of bad news.
But let’s try to focus on the bright side, shall we? Last year, I did a little recap’ of the things I did that are worth mentioning. With emojis. Because everything is better with emojis. Here we go again!
📝 March 1st. I finally published version 1.3 of Sass Guidelines, six months to the day after the previous version. Version 1.4 is likely to be published some time after Sass 4 sees the light. Since then, many contributors have helped making Sass Guidelines what they are today, a huge set of guidelines translated in 12 languages.
♿️ March 7th. Not even a month after a11y-dialog, I released a11y-toggle, a small script for content toggles. Slightly less popular than the first one, but still worth it!
📘 April 4th. I released Jump Start Sass, my second book (in English this time). I had the luck to co-author it with Miriam Suzanne and am super happy with the result. I believe it’s a short yet insightful piece to learn how to use Sass efficiently.
🏆 May 13th. Google made me a Google Expert in front-end development after a few weeks of going through the process. It’s quite an honor being amongst such brilliant minds!
🎤 May 20th. I gave a talk named “Local styling with CSS Modules” in Thessaloniki (Greece) at DevIt conference. What an amazing conference it was my friends, can’t wait to get back there next year!
📦 May 29th. I silently shipped a small contribution to open source with Jekyll Boilerplate, an improved fork of the initial Jekyll project to get started more quickly. If you work with Jekyll quite a bit, be sure to have a look!
😰 Summer. I started feeling overwhelmed with my work in the web industry. I went through (and still kind of am in) a phase where I didn’t want to write technical articles anymore. Where I didn’t want to spend so much time doing open source. Where I just wanted to do something else.
💶 September 1st. After a year and a half at Edenspiekermann, I decided to leave the agency world for a while to join the kind folks at N26 in order to push the mobile banking forward.
🎤 September 15th. I gave my talk about CSS Modules again in Bologna (Italy) at From The Front this time. Lovely conference once again. Too bad it was the last edition.
🇧🇪 October 1st. I’ve been back in Brussels (Belgium) for a weekend. All the beers!
🇩🇪 December 8th. I left Berlin for another German city for the first time since i moved here last year. I visited Munich for a couple of days. What a lovely city!
Last thing I didn‘t mention — because that spreaded from March until now — is that I have been coding some Node.js with my mom on a personal project of hers. She had an initial PHP version last year which I rewrote entirely in Node.js to make it more flexible and structured. She took over it and maintains it (mostly) by herself since then. HOW FUCKING COOL IS THAT? ✨
Anyway, that’s still a few things for this year, but that’s without counting all the downs and hard times. All in all, 2016 was pretty crappy. Let’s hope 2017 gets better.