William G. Smith
Software Engineer

Trying this personal site thing again

Tue, Jan 25, 2022 2 min
personal

I’ve tried on numerous occasions to maintain a personal website, and I’ve fallen out of it every time. It’s the reality of being a lead software engineer at a Fortune 50, and I can’t be alone here. When I finish 10 hours of programming for my job, it’s rare I can muster the energy to do anything beyond browsing my Steam library, let alone maintaining any personal projects.

I’ve always been surprised by how few developers talk about burnout, especially in this new work from home world. Don’t get me wrong, I love working from home. But the lines between my professional career and my personal endeavors as a nerd with a passion for computers has gotten incredibly blurry since the pandemic.

That being said, I do a lot of personal work on the side in the interest of developing myself professionally. It’s how I learned JavaScript, React, and all that jazz; which is now my current assignment at work. I’d like to start collecting that work here, as well as just making it all public. There’s also a ton more to do with this website, since I decided to write the template completely from scratch.

Hopefully I’ll have more to share over the next few months. In the meantime, check out the links on my homepage if you want to take a look at anything from my professional history on LinkedIn, what I’m listening to on Apple Music, or just to drop me a line on Discord.

Thanks for stopping by.

-Will