José M. Pérez / December 31, 2017
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This year has been a ride. More blogging and speaking at events than ever, and the feeling that it was well worth it.
During 2017 I wrote 18 blog posts. This is a high increase respect 2016.
My post Using SVG as placeholders — More Image Loading Techniques was an unprecedented success. It was widely shared and got the attention of freeCodeCamp, which spread it even further.
That escalated quickly. From a couple hundred views a day, suddenly it went up to +40k.
Most of my work to write that post was about ollecting ideas and examples from very talented developers. I'm happy that lots of developers have found out about them through this post, and I hope this serves to give more attention to their impressive work.
This is definitely a push for me to continue documenting techniques to improve website performance.
On a broader note, I continued making improvements to this blog. I moved many images to Cloudinary, which scales and reencodes the images to tailor them to the user's device. This resulted in shorter load times, especially in 3G. I should strive for good performance on a site that promotes it.
I built a couple of open-source projects related with Spotify. The first one is a library to interact with Spotify's Connect API called spotify-player which I described on Playing with the Spotify Connect API. The second one is C - Collaborative listening, a collaborative room where users can propose, vote and listen to music.
Something new this year was a podcast I recorded about PWAs with Ignacio and Carmen from Wecodesign, a Spanish podcast about web development and design. I realised I talk too much and I need to sort my ideas a bit better :)
I kept having fun at Spotify working in a fabulous team that builds Spotify's web player amongst other projects.
My priorities for 2018 are shifting. I'll spend more time with my family and less time coding and writing. I would like to read more about leading change in organizations and soft skills, and less about the latest CSS and JS news.