Echo JS 0.11.0

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sbruchmann 22 days ago.
tl;dr: I'm leaving Echo JS due to lifestyle changes.

The personal goals I have set myself for 2019 are contrary to the tasks and duties of the moderation on Echo JS. For this reason, I am stepping down as a moderator.

I am very grateful to the community and together we have achieved a lot. But after 2582 days it's time for me to move on.

I used to write code day in and day out for years on end often without sleep. At first I didn't notice how my mental and physical health began to detoriate. But now in my late twenties I have to face the consequences of living the lifestyle of a stereotypical nerd of the mid-ninetees. Having a  memory like a sieve and next to no motivation to do anything at all are now a common occurence. 

Leaving the tech-industry helped at first but I still couldn't be arsed to employ a more active lifestyle. In order to change this I recently switched jobs again and moved to another city to start a new life. But the urge of checking Echo JS and other tech-news sites continued. I still sat in front of the computer for hours and hours. As of today, I'm going to block all tech-related sites and social networks, including Echo JS, on a DNS-Level for an indefinite period. In addition, all programming tools will be uninstalled from the system, and work-in-progress code will be deleted.

To everyone who is starting in the IT field: work-life-balance is a thing. Sitting in front of a screen for 18 hours a day 7 times a week is not worth it no matter how much you are getting paid. Your life is more important. Please don't waste it.

Finally, I would like to express special thanks to people whose charitable work has made life much easier for me and others in recent years:

@wooorm for retext, remark and the corresponding ecosystem.

@sindresorhus for awesome-(cli,electron,nodejs) and the numerous microlibraries on npm.

@bevacqua for https://ponyfoo.com

And last but not least: @echojs and @fcambus for creating and maintaining Echo JS for almost a decade.



Best wishes
Steffen Bruchmann

MaxArt 22 days ago. link 6 points
Goodbye Steffen, thank you for your commitment but now take care of yourself. 🖖
pselviakcay 22 days ago. link 5 points
Hope it all works out in the end. I wish you a quick recovery.
harambe 20 days ago. link 4 points
18 hours of screen time per day leaves you with only 6 hours for sleep/eat/commute/etc. This would drain anybody in a matter of weeks
wooorm 19 days ago. link 3 points
Thank you, Steffen, for everything!

Good luck with your new endeavours. Tech (and IMO OSS in general) is a pretty harsh place, it’s too easy to “work” too much. All the best!

And finally thanks for the shoutout! I appreciate it, and getting to know you.

Best,
Titus
tracker1 20 days ago. link 3 points
I'm sorry to see you go, but I do understand... I spend about 20-30% of my work day on tech news, mainly to keep up as software is my FT job.  I still love it, but I have not time/motivation/interest when I get home to work on the personal projects I used to love so much.

I wish you all the best of luck.
fcambus 21 days ago. link 2 points
Thank you for your involvement with Echo JS during all these years Steffen, you will truly be missed.

I understand and respect your decision and your courage, and I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavours. Take care of yourself and I wish you an happy New Year 2019.
moliper 18 days ago. link 1 point
Thanks for this golden advice, life only happens once.

Good luck in all your future projects