Yann Rieder took upon himself to create a podcast version of Gautoz livestreams (the fact that Yann, one if not the most respectful person in the French podcast scene, decided to help, says a lot about how valuable Gautoz's work is).
Then the pandemic started, and I thought that I should probably try to speed up things for Yann, who was getting way too much work during this period. Botoz, a set of Python scripts that create RSS feeds and mp3 files was born from this. Yann beta tested it for a few weeks and, later in the year, I totally automated the process.
We moved in the new apartment in late April, and I have to give credit to my partner for preparing it alone while juggling with work. We hired professional movers, as we knew we would not be able to move an entire apartment from the second to the fourth floor, without elevators, even with friends, in a reasonable time frame.
What followed were a few weeks of cleaning our old apartment, installing our stuff, getting used to live here, finishing touches there and there. I worked on Botoz, then started working on something I wanted for a long time: my own website redesign, and a design system!
I hired Atari to propose a few direction, we agreed on one, and then he went on designing while I started coding. The result, still ongoing, is the website you are looking at right now. I also add to rework Ronbun a few times to implement this new design. Later on, I commissioned Saskia Freeke to create some quirky icons, that I haven't had the time to implement yet.
I also mentored someone while doing a website for a friend, and also did some writing during this period and then...
I stopped. I just stopped.
In late July and early August, I did nothing. Suddenly I am in my house and there's nothing critical left to do. I adapted this place to my needs, it's quiet, practical and comfy. I feel at ease here, in a way I haven't felt before.
I relaxed instead of keeping myself busy. I read books, I played video games in the couch (something that was impossible before because of the proximity between the living room and the bedrooms). I even took naps and spent some hours daydreaming.
Quite logically, relaxing means doing less personal projects. It shows in my time tracker. Once summer was over, the time I allocated to my projects decreased significantly. Outside of a big refactoring of Ronbun to mix content and time entries, most of the work I did was split in little chunks there and there.
Outside of a freelance gig I took for a few weeks (mostly because it was on the amazing Kirby CMS and I liked the client), and doing self teaching for my new job (that I got by shitposting on Twitter) I did almost nothing but having fun and relaxing until the end of the year.
And it felt so good.
Most of them, yes!
See you next year!