2019 year review

Once again, here I go with a year review. Also you can see the 2018 year review

My 2019 Year Review โš–๏ธ

At the beginning of the year I:

After some job interviews, I started to work on Mediasuite for Optiva Media

๐Ÿ‘Ž This year I didn't post about the books I read like I did in 2018 for example. To be honest, I think I only read 1 book this year: ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ El motor del รฉxito by Alex Marin (ForoCoches.com founder)

I started to listen to some podcasts, it's another way to learn just listening! Usually I do it when I drive to the office twice per week in order to avoid the feeling of wasting time on commuting & traffic jams ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Some of my favorites podcasts are:

  • Startup stories by Andrew Warner
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ K Fund PodKast (about startups)
  • ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Tu dinero nunca duerme (about economy)

In summer, we were at a free, outdoor live performance of Mago de Oz in my city ๐Ÿค˜

In the last quarter, at the office I took a couple of interesting courses about AWS and GTD ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Also I gave a talk about Clean Code

๐ŸŽฑ Wait... what about sideprojects?

In the next months I plan to release a new version of ghost-purge-images CLI tool: changing callbacks to promises, add tests and use the new Ghost SDK โœจ No deadline but WIP

Ghostboard keeps growing organically ๐ŸŒฑ

Past year it finished with 11 customers and a MRR of $60. Right now there are +45 active blogs, including active free trials and MRR recently reached +250 EUR

Ghostboard 2019 MRR

Like 5X but pretty far of break even. For example, the freelance fee in Spain is about 285 EUR per month ๐Ÿ”ฅ Remember I also have to pay servers, accountant, etc.

๐ŸŽ€ Some features added this year:

  • New reports: Authors, SEO, Tags & Links
  • <noscript> support
  • Search for posts
  • View detail for posts & referers

๐ŸŒก Some issues:

  • Severe performance issue on July when a big blog gave a try
  • On the last quarter, noticed a performance issue due database

I took steps to solve the problems as soon as possible but there is no excuse. One big task for next year is to upgrade the infraestructure design and improve scalability.

On the other hand, I'm thinking seriously about shutdown Glasslytics: I have not enought time to improve it and even maintain it. Also I should accept it is a zombie due no growth and just a couple of customers... ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ

It's quite difficult to balance a day job, a family, hobbies and sideprojects but trying to do my best ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Some plans for 2020 ๐ŸŽฏ

  • ๐Ÿง  Keep learning: read more books & take some courses specially about coding skills and English
  • Days off with my wife & kids ๐Ÿ–
  • More exercise ๐Ÿ’ช

I would love to build a mobile game but this have to wait another year again ๐Ÿ˜…

Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚
My best wishes, thanks for reading ๐Ÿฅ‚

David Burgos

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