Slightly late on my yearly roundup, which was the catchphrase of the year for me. I'm not quite sure where 2018 went, to be honest, I had so many plans, then it was halfway through the year, then it was over. One of my resolutions for 2019 is to make sure I have more time for personal and creative projects. Which I think I also said last year 😭.
All in all, it was a good year, and I worked for a lot of interesting projects, which explains the lack of time. I travelled a little too much, but visited interesting places, and met interesting people. I was disappointed in myself for not finishing some of my creative projects, and am doubling down to complete a few more in 2019.
As part of this plan, I am rebranding and rejigging what I do. This includes:
- Switching my Gregarious Mammal presence to be a pure tech writing agency, and no longer use it as my creative vehicle.
- My Chris Chinchilla presence will be reborn as my hub for creative projects, talks, blogs with my name on, and podcasts.
Speaking of podcasts, I am shuttering the Gregarious Mammal podcast and splitting into some new shows:
- Bringing back the weekly squeak news show that will tie tightly with my weekly newsletter.
- Starting two new shows, one called "The Enthusiastic Amateur", one based on "The Boardgame Jerk" bot I have.
- The Write the Docs show will continue and I may merge some of the interviews into a DZone podcast.
My newsletter will assume it's regular weekly schedule inline with the podcast, and I am also launching two new automated newsletters:
- One covering Tech Ethics with Nicholas Borsotto.
- One covering "language", NLP, voice interfaces, interactive fiction and more.
My planned creative projects are:
- A book on improving tech.
- Expanding the Boardgame Jerk bot.
- A Geek vs. Geek card game.
- An anonymous blog. I can't tell you what it is, as that would spoil things 😁.
- One shot RPG scenarios based on my "One Day the World Ended" project.
- Finishing the "One Day the World Ended" card game, that will tie into the RPG.
- A bunch of other interactive fiction wotsits.
Oh, and a whole set of open source contributions of course.
But what happened in 2018 🤔?
In 2018, I wrote approximately 74 articles, blog posts, and tutorials. In addition to this I contributed documentation to IPFS, Solidity, Plasma MVP, Vale, Event Store, Facebook Messenger, and probably a bunch more I've forgottens.
The most popular on my Medium account were:
- Tutorial: Using the Messenger Webview to create richer bot-to-user interactions
- Making Atom (even more) awesome -- My Setup
- A documentation crash course for developers
Most popular on DZone were:
- What Apple's September Announcements Might Mean for Developers
- Why Programmers Should Play Boardgames
- Will Linux (Finally) Win the Desktop War Because No One Else Cares?s
Video and audio
I created 62 podcast episodes, and the most popular were:
- Stefan Thomas, ripple and Malta blockchain summit
- Creative Industries on the Blockchain - Zach LeBeau of SingularDTV
- Ben Goertzel of SingularityNET and Hanson Robotics
Proving that Blockchain people love podcasts!
I created a video course for Manning called "CSS in Depth", which took a lot of work!
Presentations and Conferences
I spoke at, or reported on approximately 40 conferences and meetups, not including the roughly 2 a week I attend in Berlin on a regular basis.
According to Google (including personal travel) this included 26 airports, 267 places, 50 cities and 17 countries. Just over 100,000km.
That was a little too many, and in 2019 I am going to be more focused on which events I attend.