For all of us 2020 has been a very different Year than before. We faced so many challenges, in many countries we were literally locked in our houses, we faced illness and job losses. Fortunately for the IT world 2020 wasn’t as challenging as for the others. In this post I would like to share with you what I have been up to in 2020.
There was less activity on the blog itself. I didn’t wrote as many post as I would like to but hey we are all changing, we grow and adjust. In 2020 I’ve lost all my three blog sponsors due to not as many activity on the blog as they would love to see. On the one hand it hurt because every extra money is nice to have. On the other hand I was relieved.
You may ask why? The answer is simple. When you write just to keep it alive and not from the pure joy you have to do it. Have to do it isn’t cool. If something is forced on you you have this invisible pressure. I felt free to finally write because I want to do it and not because I have to do it. Obviously the results are clearly visible. Less users, less blog posts and less activity. But hey it is my choice now :)
2020 blog stats
Now if you compare it to 2019 it looks worse.
I completely understand it and I see the point. The stuff I was writing in 2020 wasn’t as cool as the users expects.
Other blog activities
Apart from blogging itself I am still sharing the VMworld 2017, 2018 and 2020 videos. I already uploaded over 50TiB over the Years. I will still continue to do so.
At work I had some changes in 2020. In march I joined Google Cloud as Customer Engineer. My specialty based on my knowledge and experience is Infrastructure Modernization. I am helping customers with migration to GCP from various on-premises environments, helping customers design and approach Google Cloud Platform in best way. Apart from that I am working with Google Cloud VMware Engine customers. This involves everything from demo the Google Cloud VMware Engine, Proof of Concepts up to migrations and daily operations.
This Year only I attended and presented at four events and presented about Google Cloud VMware Engine:
- Cloud & Datacenter User Group #6 Bydgoszcz https://www.meetup.com/Cloud-Datacenter-User-Group-Bydgoszcz/events/266602712/
- GDG Cloud Poland #9 https://www.meetup.com/gdg-bydgoscz/events/266602234/
- PL VMUG https://community.vmug.com/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=538e79c3-4690-401f-876b-23352e5e0b5c&CommunityKey=6558a847-c2b3-44a7-8278-d2daf29efc80&Home=%2fcommunities%2fcommunity-home%2frecent-community-events
- DE UserCon VMUG https://www.vmug.com/events2/vmug-usercon/2020-germany-usercon
My closest family did very well in 2020. We weren’t sick and we were very happy. We managed to have a family vacation in 2020 in Kos, Greece. Although, my kids don’t like e-learning which was forced by German government in 2020 but they did fine. For us as a parents it was challenging at the beginning but we found our family rhythm with all that stuff.
The one thing we did miss was the Christmas with out closest family in Poland. First time in our lives we had our own Christmas Eve in Germany and we connected via Skype with my and my wife’s Parents.
Plans for 2021
Not much to plan yet, I hope the vaccines will be available for us soon and we could finally start leaving as before :)