Wrapping Up 2018

Another year has passed, and even though it feels like I say this every year, what a year has it been. As is my yearly tradition at the beginning of the new year to look back on the past year and look forward to the next, so I will do this year.

At the beginning of the year it was already clear to me that I had to find a different job, I was stuck in my old one where nothing happened. I was getting bored and struggled to find something to do all day. It took me considerably longer than I expected to find a new one though. Partly due to personal reasons I did postpone looking for a new job, but even when I did start looking, It didn’t go as smooth as I expected. The best explanation for this is that I have quite a lot of requirements for any job I sign up for, as I don’t want to end up in the same situation.

Eventually this type of things just work out and everything comes together. I found a new job in a completely different atmosphere, different job content and I am optimistic again about the future. The new job means I do make the switch from Java to C++, which I don’t mind at all, as a matter of fact, I do prefer C++ over Java. Although with every C++ project I painfully remember how much setup you need to do to get everything working whereas with Java it works out of the box.

The new job seemed to have boosted my blog as well, as in the first three months of 2018, I already received as many visitors as all of 2017. The increase in visitors did already start at the final quarter of 2017 and has stretched out into (almost) all of 2018, where I have had an average visitor count of 25/month. This has resulted in 2018 yielding more than 2.5 times as many visitors as last year. Why do I link this increase to my job search? Because there is a difference in the country of origin of my visitors, where you normally see that most of the visitors originate from the U.S., this year most of them are coming from Belgium, my home country. Since I have been looking for a job here, I would guess a lot of people did find their way to my blog.

I actually know for a fact that some interviewers did find their way to my blog as they have been telling me during the interview and even asking me questions about it. I am pleased to see that people are interested in my attempts to try out things. Even though the main reason for writing these blog posts is my personal interest and self-growth, it does give me extra motivation to keep on writing and spending more time into these topics.

As you already may have noticed a lot of my latest blog posts are related to C++, this makes sense as this has become my daily programming language. I still intend to keep up with Java, but I have not yet found a project to contribute to, nor have I started to look for one.

This is mainly caused by all of the personal changes that have been going on in my life. I will not elaborate on these, but I have been pretty busy to organize these ass well. Once this busy period is over, and everything starts to settle again, I do intent on working more on projects, both personal and those of the community.

What are my expectations for 2018? Well as I just mentioned, I expect that the changes in my personal situation fall into place and I will have some more time to work on projects. For the blog, I do not expect this high visitor count to keep on going, unfortunately. Nevertheless I will do everything I can to attract more people and inspire you. My release schedule of every two weeks remains to be the general goal, but as I have done in the past, I may have a period of higher activity because I am doing some experiments that yield a lot of information that I want to publish.

I hope 2018 has been a fruitful year for you as well, and I wish all the best to you in 2019. I believe as long as you stay motivated, as long as you stay focused on your goals, you will be able to achieve them. Good luck!

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