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I've never done a yearly review before. Mostly because I'm a guy with no plan, I have no new year resolution. This year, I happen to keep writing this blog every week for a whole year, so I think it is a good time to jot down some progress as a milestone for my future self.
So, this is a look back in 2020.
Twitter Followers: ~630*
Email subs: ~78*
(* I can't remember the exact numbers.)
The number can't tell the whole story, so let’s do a quick recap of the story behind these numbers.
I started my blog back in 2014. I wrote my first post when Swift was first introduced in WWDC2014. That was my only post for the whole year. After my first post, I took a break for two years to find inspiration. Then I returned to a writing habit in 2017, where I started my yearly blog post during 2017-2019.
- 2017 Codable in Swift 4.0
- 2018 Enum & custom type from primitive JSON type
- 2019 Introduction to Coordinator
Then in the middle of 2019, there is something that broke my yearly writing habit.
In the WWDC2019 in June 2019, Apple introduced us to SwiftUI, a new shiny declarative UI framework. This new framework brings a refreshing feeling to the iOS community, including me. I feel like a newbie again. I want to share what I learn about SwiftUI. This little boost helps me keep writing every week. I begin writing again and here is my redemption post.
I never plan to write a book before, but after blogging for a year, I decided to give it a try. It took me months to finish my book, Practical Sign in with Apple. It is not a pleasant moment for me. Writing is hard, and knowing someone paying for it makes me very nervous and causes me stress. I have sold a total of 29 copies so far. I seem like a failure (It is), but I somehow want to write another one next year.
The last iOS app I created was in September 2017. I always want to create a new app, especially a macOS app. I manage to release a macOS app, Codeshot, at the end of this year. Again it is quite a failure money-wise with six units sold, but it gives me a chance to get hands-on experience developing the Catalyst app (I use UIKit mixed with SwiftUI).
There are good and bad this year. It is a good ride. I appreciated all the help I got from people in the iOS community that shares and support my writing, including you, all the readers. Without readers, I might stop writing or going back into a yearly interval. That’s all for now. See you in the next one.
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