Starting a blog

This is the first post of my new blog, “Daniel’s Ramblings”. It’s called like that because my name is Daniel, and I’m gonna ramble a lot. I don’t love that name, but it’s better than not having it at all.

This was long overdue. I’ve been delaying this until I could think of something to write about, but I’ve realized inspiration doesn’t usually come if you do nothing about it. I’ll write about whatever I feel like it, and now I have something to make me accountable: an actual, published blog. It was much easier to procastinate when no one could see that I was supposed to have a blog.

I’ve chosen the wonderful WordPress.com service to host this site, it made it quite easy to get it up and running fast, and I don’t have to worry about DDoS attacks, security vulnerabilities, updating the software, etc.

I am a software engineer, currently working at Automattic. Originally I’m from Asturias (Spain), but now I’m living in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). I can do that because Automattic is a distributed company, and so it allows employees to work from their homes.

If you can work from anywhere in the world, may as well go to a tropical island.

Me, last year

Lately I’ve been specializing in web development, I work mainly with Node.JS, React, Redux, Webpack, etc. Altough in the past I’ve done quite a bit of Android and PHP development.

I’ll try to make time and work on several side projects I have half-finished. That should make for some interesting content to blog about, I hope.

Outside of work, I enjoy swimming in the open sea, although I’ve had some disagreements with a few Portuguese Man-o-wars lately (medusas, really stingy ones). I also like board games and videogames in general (altough lately I haven’t been gaming much). Like almost everyone from my generation, I’m addicted to TV series. I also like reading Fantasy and Science-Fiction, I’m currently reading Frank Herbert’s Dune and I’m enjoying it a lot.

That’s enough for a quick introduction! If you decide to follow this blog, I’m sure you’ll learn much more about me. I don’t pretend that this blog will have tons of useful information or entertaining stories. It probably won’t. But at the very least, it will allow me to practice writing in English (not my native language), venting a bit, and expressing myself to the world in general. Sometimes, the 140 characters of a tweet aren’t enough.

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