My 2022 Year in Review
Well, it's been a year! And you know what that means. Time for my year in review.
New beginnings permalink
After almost two and a half years at Forem, the software that powers dev.to, I decided to move on to new challenges.
My Impact at Forem
My first day at Netlify was April 4th, and it's been fun and challenging ever since!
Big news!— Nick Taylor (@nickytonline) April 4, 2022
Today is my first day at @Netlify! I’m joining the ecosystem team!
Let’s go! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/T7XGgsglCI
It's not why I joined Netlify, but I won't lie; having an offsite in Hawaii was pretty sweet!
I got to meet all my co-workers and enjoy some downtime. I was floating in the Pacific with my entire team at one point. I highly recommend meetings in the ocean.
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.
Content Creation permalink
I gave a bunch of talks this year and was even on a panel!
Tools for web developers: Live coding and debugging
Virtual Coffee Lunch & Learn: Asking Coding Questions
Automate syndication and ownership of your content with Eleventy
Expert Panel: Trending Tools and Frameworks – What's Hype and What's Not
Fresh: A New Full Stack Web Framework for Deno
If you want the slide decks and additional info or want to check out previous talks, head on over to my Talks page.
Streaming on Twitch permalink
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.
Twitch Stream Guest permalink
Aside from streaming on my own Twitch channel, I was also a guest on a few streams. Thanks for having me Deepgram, Jenn Junod, and Anthony Campolo!
Need help or inspiration for the #Deepgram x #DEVCommunity hackathon? We'll see you on the @DeepgramDevs live hackathon office hours! Today (March 25) @ 5:30 PM UTC on Twitch.— DEV Community 👩💻👨💻 (@ThePracticalDev) March 25, 2022
📺: @sandra_rodgers_, @BekahHW, @nickytonlinehttps://t.co/caO8oZ5zMs
Yoooo!— ✨Jenn Junod✨ (@JennJunod) November 22, 2022
✨ 1-hour countdown✨@nickytonline will be joining us to talk about dev tools!
Let's do this 🤩
🗓️ 9am PST | 12pm EST | 6pm CET pic.twitter.com/2CutpQnFHo
In one hour we'll be going live with @nickytonline to learn all about server side rendering with @astrodotbuild!https://t.co/SV0JiCxHa6 pic.twitter.com/elKpHXBCS0— ☃️ Anthony (ajcwebdev.x) ❄️ (@ajcwebdev) October 24, 2022
Twitter Spaces permalink
I listen to Twitter Spaces somewhat frequently and sometimes I'm also a speaker. I can't remember all the Twitter Spaces I spoke at, but here's a couple I spoke on:
Frontend Fun: JS Frameworks and Deployment Platforms
August 24, 2022
Hacktoberfest Getting Started Q & A
We're so pumped about Hacktoberfest, we have Twitter Spaces coming at you every Wednesday for the next three weeks! We start tomorrow at 8a PT with @nickytonline, @KirkCodes, and @BekahHW chatting about Getting Started and answering your questions. https://t.co/gs0wOTFHVK pic.twitter.com/OJ3ZOJ2Xou— Deepgram (@DeepgramAI) October 4, 2022
There's a bunch more on my Polywork if you want to check them out over there.
I dipped my toes into the world of podcasting. I started repurposing content from my streams in audio format.
Repurposing Content for Content Creation
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!
Podcast Guest permalink
I was also a podcast guest on a couple of podcasts. Thanks again for having me Eddie and Candost!
- webjoy.fm S1 E9: We're like Detectives
- Live Pair Programming, Open Source, and Building Communities with Nick Taylor [Software World Ep. #25]
I haven't blogged a ton this year, but I still got some posts out, including one about automating my blogging workflow, which I'll discuss in the next section.
Thanks for the thank you email and gift @ThePracticalDev! Honoured to be a top author and moderator! 😎 pic.twitter.com/eIoCmE0Yvy— Nick Taylor (@nickytonline) December 9, 2022
I also was one of the top authors for dev.to for 2022! The post I wrote about frontend developer resources was the number two post for the whole year! 🤯
Frontend Developer Resources 2022
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.
Automate and Auto-Merge Pull Requests using GitHub Actions and the GitHub CLI
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— Nick Taylor (@nickytonline) November 6, 2022
There have been some Tweaks, but here's the initial PR that made it happen.The https://github.com/nickytonline/iamdeveloper_dot_live/pull/3 repository on GitHub
There's still more to do, but I'm really happy with this setup at the moment.
VS Code Tips Community permalink
I started a community over a year ago for VS Code, as I'm a fan. Ultimately, I needed more time to grow the community, which I didn't have, so I decided to shut down the community.
Bye for now VSCodeTips community!
Thanks to everyone that joined!
My Discord Server permalink
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.
Virtual Coffee permalink
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.
The Collab Lab permalink
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!
Photo by Choong Deng Xiang on Unsplash