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

Growth

  • 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

Gifts

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

Conclusion

--

--

--

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

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Serverless App Tutorials

Functional Composition in Ruby

How Can You Improve Your Agility?

You can ask but you might not like the answer via /r/funny…

Enabling resolution change (DPI) in Sentio Desktop

Building A Roku Channel

Client-side neural networks

The difference between hard links and soft links (symbolic links)

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Olubisi Idris Ayinde

Olubisi Idris Ayinde

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

More from Medium

How to become an NFTBooker ?

I have read many SEO colleagues tell their first steps in the online marketing world.

Why should you be on Quora?

Nine Predictions For Artificial Intelligence And Automation In 2022