Better late than never, right?
I'm really proud of myself that I've managed to write this article before the January ends.
I was very busy with building my new website and the tooling around it that enables me to manage all of the contents here - last week I thought that I won't be able to even release the website itself before the start of February!
Work-life balance (most of the time)
2018 was a steady year. During that period of time I was creating an amazing software with the folks from QContact team.
I really enjoy working there - we work in a very flexible yet efficient way that enables us to keep work-life balance: for example we can take a break during the day if something urgent happens and then come back later to continue job - which is really comfortable if you are a parent like me.
Of course it doesn't mean that working there is easy peasy - from time to time I still receive some tasks that first needs to give me couple hours of headaches before I find proper solution for it ;)
Freelance (?) & the future
Am I still freelancing? Yes and no. In the end of the 2018 I've started building my small side-project (tools/pipeline to create websites like this one) and I've paused any additional commercial activity (so except working at QContact).
Besides that I have also in head an idea for a space-adventure game and web comic - but I scheduled work on it later, after first project will be in a state that will satisfy me.
Personal growth stats
During the 2018, I've made 138 open-source contributions and 2203 private ones.
I've gained 232 points on StackOveflow (which makes 2346 in total) which is a bit funny since I've switched to mostly passive state/(in)activity there and barely ask about anything (Vue.js documentation has all that I need to make things work most of the time ;))
Social beast… not
To be honest I was not so active on my social media accounts during the year, which probably is the main cause of its stats:
twitter: (@lukaszkups): +52 new followers (71 in total)
instagram (@mrmnmly): +30 new followers (77 in total)
Again - I'm the only one responsible for this situation - I care more about my code than social media :)
Summary of the summary
Summing it up: most of the things went pretty alright last year, so I can't say any bad words about it - I hope this year will be just as exciting as the previous one :)
Wish you all the best in the 2019 & Happy Coding!