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    Swizec's articles in the "personal" category

    I aim to write mindblowing emails with real insight into the career and skills of a modern software engineer. "Raw and honest from the heart!" as one reader described them.

    Below are 202 articles filed under personal. Enjoy ❤️

    2022 year in review

    The days are long, but the weeks are short. In the wash of our daily grind, you lose sight of what a year can bring. Or a decade! I like to take a moment around the new year to reflect and make plans
    January 3rd, 2023

    Getting off twitter, an experiment

    ole Musky bought Twitter and the tech community threw a collective shitfit. The atmosphere of ragequitting, hand wringing, and aloof defiance gave me time to reflect: Why am *I* here?
    December 3rd, 2022

    I stopped using Google Analytics after 15 years

    swizec.com has been around since 2005. For 15 of those years, it's been running Google Analytics to give me a sense of "Is anyone out there?". No more.
    August 10th, 2022

    You do have time to build it twice

    My talk from React Summit is now online, if you're curious. It's about code rewrites in the context of hyper growth startups. The ultimate sin. Or is it 🤔
    July 26th, 2022

    How I used indie hacking to sponsor my own greencard

    The longest project of my life
    February 1st, 2022

    How I stopped chasing mice in 2021

    How a focus on long-term games changed my approach to everything and calmed down my life
    December 31st, 2021

    Deep work December

    do you ever feel like you're working working working and nothing is happening? Like a game character running against an invisible obstacle? That's how I've been feeling lately. Stuck.
    December 2nd, 2020

    Lessons from migrating a 14 year old blog with 1500 posts to Gatsby

    After 4 years of putting it off, 1 year of tinkering, a month of work, and $1500 of hired help, my new blog is finally here 🎉 Here's what I learned.
    August 24th, 2020

    Why engineers are worth so much

    Engineers don't do the day to day work, they build assets the business can exploit for years to come. That's the magic
    July 24th, 2020


    June 22nd, 2020

    Don't just wait around

    April 24th, 2020

    "I just need an idea"

    April 20th, 2020

    Ready to build your future?

    January 31st, 2020

    Thank you, friend 🦃

    November 27th, 2019

    What makes you a true master

    November 25th, 2019

    DO more _work_ less

    October 11th, 2019

    San Francisco v. Europe part 2

    September 16th, 2019

    Friend, go offline

    July 12th, 2019

    Freedom from Obligation

    April 24th, 2019

    What makes you a senior software engineer anyway?

    I used to think a senior engineer was someone who gets a project, understands the context, puts their head down, and gets it done. But no. A senior engineer does so much more than just write code and design systems.
    February 13th, 2019

    This kid is amazing

    January 25th, 2019

    Never give up

    December 14th, 2018


    October 26th, 2018

    I'm tired – a poem

    August 7th, 2018

    Hire these interns

    July 10th, 2018

    Coding is bad for you

    March 16th, 2018

    How resumé-driven development shapes our industry

    All that once was new is old again
    October 19th, 2017

    60 seconds, 2000 miles

    January 4th, 2017

    Go the fuck home

    October 20th, 2016

    Magic shiny paint

    September 23rd, 2016

    It's a trap

    September 6th, 2016

    I Got Schooled

    September 2nd, 2016

    It's Just Like Knitting

    August 24th, 2016

    Teaching beginners

    August 19th, 2016

    Calorie counting is silly

    September 20th, 2011

    Mac OS X Lion and Wi-Fi

    September 18th, 2011

    KVM and the great outdoors

    September 11th, 2011

    The quickreading

    September 10th, 2011

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