2021 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Bad and Ugly

  • Got about 150+ rejections, and some didn’t even respond
  • a San Francisco based Company rejected me after the hack week test, which was meant to be the final step to get on board as a full-time software engineer
  • Got introduced to a Startup, became the CTO and was betrayed after it was silently acquired(a story for another day)
  • I wanted to engage in more speaking opportunities than writing, but I failed; I hope to do more in 2022
  • I was depressed at some point but thanked God I found my love(Technical writing)
  • Applied to speak at several events but was rejected for some reasons I don’t understand 🥲

The Good


  • I got a new job as a Backend Engineer with a startup in the US.
  • I Started Building several solutions for GT Bank and Contributed / Co-founded some projects, both paid and unpaid.
  • Finally, i bought a new Macbook 2018 15' (16gb, 512 SSD, corei7, 4gb dedicated).
  • Got several calls and referrals on Backend Engineering Role.
  • One of my favourite projects that I actively/currently contribute to went live FundmyLaptop.
  • Another Big WIN, I was Nominated as a GitHub Star. Announced here
  • I Became AngelHack Country Ambassador, a San Francisco based global hackathon Organization
  • Became Section.io spotlight member with over 66k+ views on the articles published
  • Creator Spotlight interviewed by Taelfeed, check here
  • Got five interview requests in the last quarter of the year on a Developer Advocate / Technical writing / Full-stack JavaScript Engineer Role. (More info later)
  • I was Promoted at my current workplace to a Backend Lead ( Got Fresh news too✌️)
  • Won 2 awards (Top 10 Writer 2021 and Top Reader 2021) on @hashnode with over 50k active members

Content Creation

  • Made my first million (NGN) from content creation
  • Wrote over 69+ articles this year, including paid articles
  • I became a FreecodeCamp author, and I wrote solid technical content Check Here. Big thanks to the FreecodeCamp Editorial team for making the process seamless
  • I started writing for Section Engineering I was paid in $$(Big Win 😌)
  • I started writing more articles on my blog
  • I became an Author at HackMamba, and I was also part of their editorial team during the Content Creation Hackathon sponsored by Auth0 and Cloudinary.
  • I was invited to join Showwcase founding creator.
  • I did live coding building a NodeJs app using HarperDB as the database. Link to Video
  • I became a contributing Author at Aviyel, Did a live coding demo and finally, I got a beautiful swag box from Aviyel. Link to Video.
  • Wrote an article on dev to that got 40k+ views within 48hrs and topped the trending list on day 5.
  • Got an invite to write a paid Content ($$ of course) from 3 different companies worldwide within a week.
  • Participated in the Auth0 and Cloudinary hackathon
  • I accepted an invitation to become an author of Contentlab.io and AppSmith
  • Hit 160k+ views on dev.to 🥳🥳🥳
  • I was Featured on global Teach Blogs created by @Marko Denic

Community Engagement

  • I got accepted as Open Source Africa Hero in Yaba, Lagos. (One of the things I love to do more in 2022)
  • Became a mentor in the Nodejs track at DSC X SCA OAU Mentorship Program.
  • After mentoring for months, I Became the backend development channel lead @ SheCodeAfrica.
  • Volunteered at the Unstack 3.0 tech event/workshop on the 6th of November 2021
  • Volunteered at the GDG DevFest in Lagos on the 3rd of December, 2021

Speaking Engagement

  • I spoke at the Frontstack.io event. Super excited about this because it was my first speaking event for the year and my second speaking engagement.
  • Another Speaking Engagement at Solo learn: About Burnout(On telegram)
  • Invited to speak on “Job Opportunities for Junior Developers” organised/coordinated by @Ayodele Samuel Adebayo and W3Schools


  • Received my first international gift(swags) from daily.dev
  • Received another beautiful SWAG box from Aviyel





Software Developer | Technical Writer | Content Creator | www.idrisolubisi.com

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Software Developer | Technical Writer | Content Creator | www.idrisolubisi.com

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