January 2022 in review.

I’m currently on a mental health break from almost everything. Assuming this post makes it through on the 1st, feel free to congratulate me on teh massive effort. 😬

COVID-19 infection.

As unfortunate as it was, my new year started with a positive COVID-19 infection. It was brutal for a couple of days in between. Honestly, yeah, I’m thankful I made it through.

Embracing the Apple tall-walled garden.

I now have the full array of basic devices — a mobile phone, a lightweight laptop, and wireless earphones that alternate between the two.

A list of apps I’ve been using:

  • Photos (in conjunction with Google Photos)
  • Podcasts
  • Notes
  • Mail (as a viewer for Fastmail)
  • Reminders
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Maps
  • iMessage
  • Music (currently trialing this against Spotify)
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Siri

Yeah, it’s a lot. Some apps (psst, it’s primarily Music and Siri) feel suboptimal. Which I find incredibly hard to believe for a 3 trillion dollar company.

New SmallCamp member!

This month, we also welcomed a new member to SmallCamp. I got in touch with current donating members and friends alike to check up if our funding will be good for another year — and delightfully, it is! A second shout out to Andy Alderwick.

I’m currently battling with how Mastodon handles multilingual profiles — this new member she writes in both English and French; how Mastodon does that is probably a part of a new community guideline somewhere down the line.

Python/Django mentor.

I also reached out to the Fediverse to find a mentor for a client project that I’m really struggling to finish. I know it’s not all of it, but one big factor is also the fact that I’m literally working alone. A couple of you are really keen on it — I’m sorry I haven’t been able to move the needle, but I promise I will this month, once I’m back at work.

Static site again?

I gave it a couple of tries (11 Jan, 27 Jan, 28 Jan), but I think I’ll stick with WordPress. I didn’t realize it’s about to be a year, and I have to say, how little I’ve touched code once I had my personality reflecting on the site is a LOT less than what I did with my (old) static site.

A lot of things don’t make sense to me in WordPress land, and it’s smack in the middle of this huge transition into something else, and I won’t lie — I’ve been tempted to move away to a lot of other platforms like Ghost or Substack which are more focussed on blogging. In the end, WordPress comes out to be the best compromise.

See you next time!


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