WDRL 206

Ten years ago… and now

Hi, I’m Anselm Hannemann. Freelance webdesigner, frontend engineer, advisor. Curating WDRL, growing vegetables on a market garden farm.

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This morning I was surprised when I scrolled through my RSS reader and read this little note titled “Ten years ago”. It’s a hommage to all the people and things we take for granted, we don’t usually appreciate but need every day. It’s easy to say “let’s look at the future” but as important to appreciate the current and the past. Today is a day where many people buy the hottest deals just because it’s cheap, not necessarily because they need it. By appreciating what we have, we think about what’s really important to us. These items now carry emotions and personal notes.

Ten years ago I haven’t even been thinking of writing a newsletter for many people—in fact the WDRL is just a little over four years now. Ten years ago I was happy to land a new client that had a big name and reputation or a high economic asset value. Ten years ago I attended my first meetup ever in my life. Since then, a lot in my life changed and while I didn’t know what is important to me in life I know a lot more about my pursued values, my people around me and the things that are important to me. Today I buy less stuff that I don’t need, I value friendship and people in my life more, and my approach of work has fundamentally changed.

This is the reason why I’m working nearly full-time on Colloq now despite not being able to live from it yet. It’s why I don’t want to raise investments or Venture Capital for it. It’s why I care about proper markup, lean code, web performance, creating progressively enhanced JavaScript experiences. It’s why I care about project management, creating more equality between people in the world and about education. I tried myself as a speaker a couple of times but it’s not my thing. My thing is to write a newsletter that countless people out there appreciate a lot, can learn from, start or change their careers due to the take-aways and learnings I serve them in a compact way nearly each week since 2013.

Thanks for everything, to all the people who make the resources I share, to all the people who receive this letter and to all of the people who support me every day and am part of my life.





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