Hello World

December 26, 2023


They say getting started is the hardest part. After an embarrassing two-year silence, it’s finally time for an actual content and website update. It’s also an opportunity for me to mark my 6th year of dedication as a designer and web developer. Time sure flies.

This year, I’ve committed to writing and sharing about my projects, aiming for a concise blog post format. A newsletter is now available if you’d like to receive occasional updates ๐Ÿ‘ฝ. Time will tell if I can keep it up!

Wish you the best for 2024,
Leo

Index

Freelancer Corner

Finances were good in 2023. I took on slightly fewer projects compared to 2022, where 22 websites were coded. At the end of 2021, I started monitoring my working hours (with Toggl Plan and good old spreadsheets). While it’s not perfect and won’t count the endless hours monitoring the web for design and tech updates, it gives me a rough idea of where I’m sitting.

The data shows that I spent 20% less time working in 2023. I also took an extra week’s vacation, for a total of 5 weeks off. I’ve earned less, but there’s a slight gain proportionally in cost-effectiveness. The bigger gain of course is to move towards a more balanced life. It felt smooth and I intend to keep that pace for now (with extra sunshine if possible).

"When you sneak a bunch of sea shells into your luggage after a beach vacation : CONGS". Based on the STONKS meme
Yes, more time off FTW.

I believe I need to continue writing and unveil more of my own world, persist in reflecting, and share my experiences. Whether it aids my personal growth or assists others in staying consistent toward their goals. Let me know if you’re interested in any specifics.

2024 is time for sharpening skills. Web Accessibility is a long overdue aspect and Practical Acessibilty course by Sara Soueidanis is finally available! Last year I started taking Bruno Simon’s course on 3D integration (ThreeJS Journey), I seem to have stopped about a third of the way through, but I can’t wait to get back to it and start tinkering with Blender. Recently I had a big crush on this video game website made by Basement Studio so why not building a game someday (Uhhh).

Long awaited on my side, I may soon finally collaborate with friends from D-E-A-L. I really do like their energy so check out their work ๐Ÿ™ƒ.

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