Monthly reflection - June 2020
A reflection on my June 2020 of what I have done and achieved.
What did I do? 💻
New articles 📰
- Why to Not Support Internet Explorer
- How I Went from a Retail Assistant at 17 to Landing a Developer Role at 19
Additions and modifications to my website
In May 2020, my website would get anywhere between 10 and 50 visitors a day. In June 2020, the average number of site visitors could be anywhere between 200 and 300 a day. I was motivated to work on my website to make it more engaging for visitors.
Here are the improvements and additions:
- Implemented Nuxt Content for markdown blogs with its own API
- Improved the design of my projects page
- Added "What I'm currently doing" section to home page
- Added "Top projects" to home page
- Added "My toolbox of skills" to homepage
- Added a contact form to home page using Formspree
- Created a portfolio page
- Added a Buy Me a Coffee button
- Redefined my theme colours to make them more accessible (I aimed for WCAG AAA, but some combinations are WCAG AA)
- Search field on blog page
- Purchased CodePen PRO
- Redesigned a new open graphic for my blog posts (these can be found by appending /og.png to the end of any blog post URL)
- Joined DEV.to
- New Twitter and LinkedIn banner
I was approached by Ravit Jain at Packt Publishers to read and review a book
This was an exciting opportunity. At the time of writing, I am still currently reading this book. I was given a FREE copy of Responsive Web Design with HTML5 and CSS by Ben Frain to read and write a review when I am finished. I was also asked to hold a giveaway event on Twitter to help gain traction to the book from the Tech Twitter community. The giveaway was a success and a lot of fun!
Additions and modifications to ellaparsons.design
Released v.1.6.2 of Cooltipz.css
Spinning Smiley Face using GSAP on CodePen
First time using GSAP - a nice simple, cute smiley face spinning.
Day/Night GSAP on CodePen
Airplane Sequencing GSAP animation
Simple shapes with GSAP's SVG Morph plugin
My first attempt at my own #NoPreviewHtmlCss challenge on CodePen
This was... interesting! You only realise once taking part in the challenge how difficult it actually is to not look at the preview while coding. But I'd like to say my first attempt was somewhat successful and will be trying again at some point.
Setting an undefined CSS variable using JS on CodePen
This was requested by someone on Twitter (but I lost the tweet 🤦♂️).
UK vs US traffic lights animation on CodePen
Pastel Hover Draw Pixel Art on CodePen
Jhey liked one of my GSAP animations
I've currently been learning GSAP and have honestly found it difficult. So, I'm happy with the comments Jhey had to say about my airplane animation - they were really encouraging. Soon, I'm going to start the Creative Coding Club course by Carl Schoof.
Reached 1000 followers on Twitter
I reached 100+ followers on CodePen
DEV featured my article on Twitter
I was really excited to see that DEV tweeted about my journey article! 😁
Received my very first donations on Buy Me a Coffee
I'm super grateful for these donations! They encourage me to do more and reassure me that I'm doing the right things for the developer community - whether it's on Twitter, CodePen or somewhere else. 😊