Congratulations, You Made It to 2021 !

“May the New Year bless you with health, wealth, and happiness.”

– Janym (Just Another New Year Message)

Congrats For Surviving 2020!

If you can read this post, then you should be quite healthy right now. First of all, congratulations! You have survived almost a year of the Covid-19 pandemic and you get to see 2021 for now, which sadly many of us did not 🙁

Let’s hope that things do get better in 2021. Although the vaccines are almost distributed as of now, we still have to stay vigilant. Chances are that you won’t get them for a while, probably still months. So, the best thing to do is still to stay at home as much as possible, and when you have to go out, please always remember to follow the health protocols.

Thank You For Supporting!

Also, thank you for supporting by reading the posts. I believe you do, especially if you read even this post. I know that I’m not as active since October, no excuses here. And, I tried hard to write 1 post per week, and for a while, it worked. Then the tutorial series happened. I struggled to keep up.

Some of the posts got really long I have to split it. And the programming part also, I squeezed my brain hard to make sure the code is working while still easy to understand. Sometimes, I notice that need to refactor after I write the tutorial part, then I need to rewrite the part after refactoring.

Does this still count as excuse, by the way?

What’s Next?

I will make it easier for me: No more a post per week. But, maybe 1-2 posts a month.

Why is that? Because I want to learn on topics such as AI, Big Data, and Blockchain. And of course, how to implement them in simple words.

The other reason is that I have the feeling I will be given more responsibilities in my job, though it’s not confirmed yet. Am I getting ahead of myself? Probably. But I’m still excited for the opportunity if given, so I need to prepare to give more time to my job. Because I’m not going to throw away my shot!

And the final reason is that I might take on some freelance projects again. I would have to allocate the time and commitment to finish them (and to get more $$$, of course!). That means less time for writing. But who knows, I might implement something interesting and I will share the idea to you.

What Do I Think After All This Time?

Well, I started this site because I had extra time from working at home. And I tried to make a habit out of writing and sharing the posts.

To be honest, I was always afraid of sharing anything in the internet before starting this site, mostly the fear of being judged and ridiculed. The good news is the more I write and share, the lesser I feel afraid. So for me, writing is a good therapy for my well being.

I also learn to finish what I started, and it feels good! But, do I feel like giving up writing a post at times? Of course. When it triggers, all the failures and shames I had in the past come creeping in my thoughts. Suddenly, it feels really hard. Now, that is the time when the habit kicks in: I have to write every day, even if it’s just one paragraph. No matter how long a post take, as long I keep pressing on even slowly, I will finish it eventually.

Sometimes I feel like wanting to give up writing posts after the last one. Maybe it’s because I thought I was out of topics then. Interestingly, every time I feel that way, someone would reach out to me. One asked to also write or repost in a company’s forum, some other friends sent me private messages, and they would mention I have been writing some things in Coding Is Living.

So, yeah, I was kind of pessimistic whether my posts are useful, I even had the thought of not continuing even the site. But now I think maintaining the site gives me a lot more than a simple thought whether the posts are good or not.

Knowing that you remember I maintain Coding Is Living is enough to make me continue writing, I really do. Thank you very much!


Happy new year! I’ll keep on writing but not as much, and thank you for supporting!

“Here’s to a bright New Year and a fond farewell to the old; here’s to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold.”

– Janym (Just Another New Year Message)

By Ericko Yap

Just a guy who is obsessed to improve himself. Working as a programmer in a digital banking company. Currently programming himself in calisthenics, reading books, and maintaining a blog.