A New Blog: What to Expect?

It has taken me a surprisingly long time to publish my first blog post. You’d say that, as an engineer, I’d be able to spin up a blogging platform in a matter of minutes. While that might be true, I am a perfectionist: I started at least ten blogs to only never finish a single one of them. Until today, that is. Welcome!

My story

Back up to 2012. I just graduated with a Masters degree in Computer Science and moved from The Netherlands across the Atlantic. In Boston, MA, I would start my career as a software engineer at a local start-up I interned with just six months prior, called Kinvey. From here, life has been a bit of a rollercoaster (the good kind):

  • 2014: I decide to leave Boston and embark on a six-month backpacking trip through Asia and South America.
  • 2015: You can only backpack for so long, and the trip comes to an end. The final flight (with a free upgrade to business class, of course) leaves me in Australia.
  • 2015–2016: Melbourne, the most livable city in the world at the time [1], is my home.
  • 2016: Back to Europe it is, where I travel through Scandinavia and Eastern Europe for three months before settling down in London.
  • 2017: London was good, but not great. It is time to set down some roots, and for software engineers, the place to be is the United States.

Since 2017, I have been living in New York City, working for a video platform company called JW Player.

The purpose of this blog

The purpose of this blog is two-fold. Most importantly, it is my outlet to share what I stumble upon in daily life. Think how to book luxury travel for cheap, what VPN I use, to what recreational soccer league to pick in New York.

Second, this blog is my portfolio, my online presence as a software engineer. Expect posts to range from how I set-up this blog, to actual coding problems, to topics such as stock options or choosing between your companies PPO or HDHP health care plans.

While I write on a large variety of topics, I by no means have a degree or certificate in any matter (except Computer Science, I know a bit about that), so take everything with a grain of salt.

I might not know everything, but I do have an opinion about it.

At the end of the day, if my blog helps you, inspires you, or excites you, my work is done.

  1. Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking 2011–2017. ↩︎