Unfortunately, like many tech companies, even Netlify was not immune to layoffs. 16% of the company was laid off. I made the cut, but it's a weird feeling making the cut. I'm still happy to be working at Netlify, and life goes on, but it's been weird getting back to whatever "normal" is. Having said that, I'm still super excited about the stuff we're working on.
I did my last stream for dev.to, and then around the end of April, I started putting some love into my own Twitch stream. Although I loved doing the dev.to Twitch stream with my co-worker Christina; I had neglected my own channel for about two years. 😬
I re-kickstarted my own stream and was happy with how it turned out. From a numbers perspective, even though I don't care as much about this as my lizard brain does, I went from about 100 followers to what I currently have, 425 followers. Thanks to everyone who thought my airtime was worth the watch, and a big thanks to my subscribers.
And lastly, a big thank you to all the guests! 👇🏻
If you want to check out all the streaming I do, check out my streaming page.
All streams end up on my YouTube channel, so you know the drill. Hit that subscribe button. 😎 Check out great content like this interview with Deno core member Luca Casonato, walking me through Fresh, a new full-stack web framework for Deno.
The podcast is still pretty new, but I've had a lot of fun pulling out what I think are great conversations from my Twitch stream and putting them in podcast format. Here's the latest episode with chantastic. Loved this conversation with Chan!
Automation of my content creation workflow permalink
I put more time into automating some of the things I do in content creation. Regarding blogging, I blog on dev. A GitHub action runs nightly to pull in my dev.to posts into my blog. I got this set up just before starting at Netlify. Still, I recently improved it, so now it generates pull requests (PR) automatically with deploy previews. If all the checks pass, it merges automatically. Before that, I was merging the code directly to my main branch for my blog, so I could only see if something broke if I went to my Netlify dashboard. I'm really happy with this flow now.
Aside from that, I automated pulling in guest information for my Twitch stream. Before that, I was manually adding the info before every stream.
We talked about this when you were on my stream @jamesqquick, but I finally got around to automating guest info with Airtable and @Netlify Edge functions. I should have a post up this week sometime, but for now, here's the PR. https://t.co/qcKFbpIyvQ
Although the VSCodeTips community didn't pan out in the end, I put my energy into a Discord community as it relates more to things I do weekly, like streaming. If you're interested in joining the community, head to discord.iamdeveloper.com.
Although I've been a lot busier this year with the new job, I still volunteer at Virtual Coffee. It's my favourite community. As always, thanks to Bekah for starting this community, and to all the volunteers that make it happen.
I've been helping at The Collab Lab since December 2021, but it was mainly in Slack, supporting people. This summer, though, I got to mentor my first cohort. It was a lot of fun, and I'm super proud of what my team accomplished.
And that's a wrap! I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of my vacation and coming back recharged for 2023!