Bootcamp, Svelte and a New Website
At the end of bootcamp my old employer got in touch and asked if I wanted to use my new React skills to help out on the wonderful Trap.NZ project. I was excited to use my new skills on a real world project, but the more I used React, the more I hated it. At every turn, it seemed like the obvious way of solving a problem was usually the wrong way. And weirdly, the more I learned, but worse it seemed to get. So after a few months, I quit and went back to IT freelancing.
For as long as I can remember, I've had ideas. I have notebooks full of ideas for businesses, poems, apps, houses, blog posts, products, stories, gardens, books, hobbies, websites, hilariousness, etc. If I'm honest, the ideas that get realised are usually the ones that never make it to a list, they get made immediately in a gush of enthusiasm. The notebooks are where ideas go to die. Yet they linger in the back of my mind, taunting me with possibilities.
I'm also a collector and curator of information. I collect quotes and gists (arcane nerd magic), stash other people's writing, write documentation, and save funny images. By far, the most popular page on this website is my collection of Syntropic Agroforestry links. Mostly I do this for me, I'm trying to learn or remember something ... but sharing is nice, so they eventually make it to a website. Over the decades (!) I've gone through more websites that I can remember (MoinMoin, PyBlosxom, Drupal, Dokuwiki, PmWiki, Weebly, WordPress etc). Each change requiring a time-consuming process of moving everything over. Each time, I silently promise myself that "this will be the last time I do this".
It's not perfect, every bug and quirk pains me, but it is good enough for the moment. It's time to make some space for other ideas.