The importance of content has made blogging the new trend, content that is created and owned by you reigns supreme. It's alarming to witness how large media platforms are increasingly being controlled by billionaires, leading to the sacrifice of free speech and meaningful discourse. I still harbor some skepticism about Mastodon, as the varying and fragmented policies across different hosting servers render what could have been a great idea into somewhat of a nightmare, reminiscent of the problematic behavior of chatroom administrators.
With the arrival of the new year, I have set a resolution for myself: I plan to write about any topic that piques my interest. More importantly, I aspire to increase my visibility within the design community and contribute back after years of gaining so much inspiration.
And I am starting this on my personal platform: my website, which has been somewhat neglected in recent years. Despite that, I am immensely grateful for this website as I built its core in just 21 nights and even gained a bit of notoriety by posting it on Designer News with a rather clickbaity title, which resulted in an influx of around 2000 daily visitors for a few weeks.
”Nice! I accidently leaned on my keyboard and hit the g key - had a fun surprise!“
Cian Mac Mahon — comment on DesignerNews
What's coming shortly
After a layoff at Sketch left me feeling down, I decided to take a break from work and spend some quality time with my family. But my attempt to interview at Shapr3D was a huge mistake – the rejection sent me spiraling into an even deeper depression. So, my spouse and I, along with our gorgeous trio of kids, fled to the sun-kissed beaches of Mauritius to recharge and realign our focus. I was in dire need of a fresh start, and a month spent on this remote island completely rejuvenated me.
Now, I'm back and ready to find my next dream job for the next one hundred years, and take on freelance projects in the meantime. My blog will feature exciting new articles, from the behind-the-scenes engineering of my website, to my journey to find my next gig, to photos from my travels.
I've got some creative ideas for improving my website too, like adding night mode, enabling comments and RSS feed, swapping Twitter for Mastodon on the front page, and building standalone pages for the contacts section and blog.
So, buckle up and join me on this adventure. I hope you'll drop by every now and then to see how it's all going.