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In Case You Missed It: 2016

05 January 2017 Read this in about 5 minutes.

Rather than a bunch of individual “In Case You Missed It” tweets, I thought I’d repeat what I’ve done the last three years (2013, 2014, 2015) and just do one big yearly semi-comprehensive recap of the web community things that I did this year.

Blog Posts

Top five posts written in 2016 ordered by 2016 page views and a bonus post because I have no idea how much traffic perfplanet gets.

NEJSCONF

The attendees at NEJSCONF 2016

Our sophomore conference came after our sold-out first event last year in 2015. Our 2016 train themed single day single track conference sold out again with 200 attendees. We were excited to have an open call for proposals, a board game after party, and again blended both international and local speakers including keynotes from Justin Searls and Andrea Goulet. Check out these awesome event photos from Andrew Neely.

NebraskaJS

This is my fifth year as co-organizer of NebraskaJS. In 2015 we had 12 different meetups in Lincoln and Omaha, not counting the two TechOmaha developer group co-op parties, and a screening of What Comes Next is the Future at the Alamo Drafthouse (with huge thanks to Kathy Andersen for spearheading the event). We added 207 meetup members in 2016 and broke the 1,000 mark this year—amazing!

NebraskaJS Membership
YearMembershipChange
2009Founded
2012~220
2013419(+199)
2014606(+187)
2015920(+314)
20161127(+207)

Talks

This year I decided to slow it down on public speaking. Nonetheless I did two small talks this year (neither of which are available online). The first was a NebraskaJS talk which ended up being about the dangers of media queries in re-usable component libraries (spoiler: we need container/element queries, stat). The second was a satirical talk at Barcamp Omaha about the spread of misinformation online called “The Earth is Flat—Separating Fact from Fiction on the Internet.” I originally planned to publish this one but when some flat-earthers messaged me on Twitter hoping that I’d help their cause, I learned something valuable about satire and changed my mind. Y’all—we can’t even poke fun at Flat Earthers without signal boosting them. Ugh.

Open Source

  • Created faux-pas, a bookmarklet to highlight faux-rendered (bold or italic) and otherwise misconfigured webfonts (node/grunt/gulp components for this are coming soon).
  • browser-logo-icon-set is a grunticon icon set of multicolor vector/bitmap web browser logos (Demo).
  • Contributed a tiny PR to bramstein/stateofwebtype.
  • Researched and filed four new issues on Scott Jehl’s device-bugs repo.
  • Created a repo for people to AMA.
  • A bunch of other contributions to various Filament Group open source libraries that I won’t list individually.

Tweets

I had some good tweets this year, Brent.

Thank You Notes

Huge thank you to Nick Nisi my co-organizer for NebraskaJS; additionally the co-organizers of NEJS CONF: Jerod Santo, John Hobbs, Lindsey Pfeifer, Matt Steele, and Sandi Barr. Best co-organizers on the planet. Thank you to (almost) everyone that put in a proposal to speak at NEJS CONF. Thank you to everyone that volunteered or even attended NEJSCONF.

Thank you to everyone involved in organizing the TechOmaha co-op parties (Kevin Berry especially). Thank you to Kathy Andersen for spearheading the screening of Matt Griffin’s The Future is Next in Omaha.

And a huge thank you to Filament Group. I continue to feel as though I’m challenged to be a contributing citizen of the web development community as a part of this company and I love it.

And lastly, but most importantly to my wife and daughter: I love you both, dearly.