2020 In Review
by Taylor Barnett-Torabi
2020, what a freakin' year. I honestly don't have the energy to write about it, but I am really good at making lists. Here are some lists of things I explored, read, wrote, and spoke about in 2020...
In the last few years, I've averaged from 6 to 12 blog posts a year for work. I hit a new high with 16 this year, as well as editing and giving feedback on dozens of teammates work.
20 Years Since Y2K: left-pad, Heartbleed, and DevOps
20 Years Since Y2K: The Future of IT Operations with Chaos Engineering and Resilience
Writing Runbook Documentation When You’re An SRE
Rewarding Documentation in DevOps
Documentation as a Path to DevOps Automation
DevOps Spectrum of Automation: Scripts
DevOps Spectrum of Automation: Orchestration
DevOps Spectrum of Automation: Runbooks
DevOps Spectrum of Automation: Human-in-the-Loop
Human-in-the-Loop Incident Response
DevOps Spectrum of Automation: Artificial Intelligence
DevOps Cat Teaches Datadog About Human-in-the-Loop
What's in a name? Incident Management v. Incident Response
API Specifications Conference 2020 Recap
The Importance of Bi-Directional Incident Response Integrations
SREcon Americas 2020: Exposing the Human Factor
I did notice one interesting pattern: I did almost no long form writing in March and June. I blame Covid-19 and our nation's other epidemic, racism, for that. My brain was focused on things that mattered a lot more, and that's okay.
I worked on various new and updated docs pages for the Transposit docs.
Transposit Docs Update
This year I figured out what Twitch actually is. I was a guest on a couple of shows this year, but I am interested in exploring streaming, including while writing code, in 2021.
DevOps Party Games guest
Equinix Metal Developer Family Feud guest
Virtual talks, big oof. It was a rough year giving virtual talks, but I still managed to give my average number of talks. I've never wanted to do more than a talk every couple of months since I like to focus on other forms of content too. Although I'm probably going to write a couple new talks in 2021.
Failover Conf - Human-in-the-Loop DevOps
MLH Fellowship Chat on Working Remotely
Dash - Human-in-the-Loop Automation with Datadog
Cisco DevNet Create - Human-in-the-Loop Automation
Puppetize Digital - Why Humans Are Critical to Automation
All Day DevOps - Human-in-the-Loop DevOps, ADDO Edition
My team at work helped me turn my Spectrum of Automation blog series into an eBook. I also drafted many of the graphics for it.
Spectrum of Automation (let me know if you want a copy!)
Community Pulse Live - COVID-19 Retrospective (Audience guest)
Community Pulse Live - A Talk About Racism, Privilege, and DevRel (Audience guest)
Community Pulse - DevRel at the Foundation, Episode 51 guest
I tried, I tried so hard. It was a struggle. That's all I have to say on that.
Deserted Island DevOps
API Specifications Conference (Program chair)
DevOps Enterprise Summit
All Day DevOps
And various other virtual events
Texas State Parks I visited:
Normally, I'm a climber and you'll find me in Reimers Ranch Park on most weekends along with a few out of state climbing trips. (And no Mexican NYE celebrations in El Potrero Chico.) But in order to be extra catious with Covid-19, I decided to stop climbing until later in 2021 since normally it involves closely interacting with climbing partners outside of my household. Instead, I picked up more hiking and camping.
Davis Mountains State Park
Lost Maples State Natural Area
Bastrop State Park
Palmetto State Park
Colorado Bend State Park
McKinney Roughs Nature Park (not a state park)
Some other favorites:
Favorite blog posts and articles:
Honestly, there's too many for me to remember all of them, but here's a few...
This professional climbing coach wants to see her industry change - Maria Hollenhorst (Marketplace)
Net API Notes for 2020/10/02 - Governance - Issue 143 - Matthew Reinbold
Stripe’s payments APIs: the first ten years - Michelle Bu (Stripe)
Complexity Has to Live Somewhere - Fred Hebert
Revealing the Critical Role of Human Performance in Software - David D. Woods and John Allspaw (acmqueue)
Above the Line, Below the Line - Richard I. Cook, M.D. (acmqueue)
The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet - Andy Greenberg (Wired)
What's a server - Julia Evans
Virtual Events Suck - Austin Parker
Why the founders of Crowns & Hops are running a brewing company with a mission - Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal (Marketplace)
How we launched docs.github.com - Sarah Schneider (GitHub)
“There Are No Checks and Balances”: Two Texas Criminal Justice Experts on the Fight for Police Reform - Amal Ahmed (Texas Monthly)
Climbing's Send-at-All-Costs Culture Almost Ruined Me - Beth Rodden (Outside)
Whiteness in the Outdoors - Pattiegonia (in collaboration with others)
I was a lot better at listening to audiobooks at the start of the pandemic, but I still got in some good ones.
Uncanny Valley - Anna Wiener
Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life - Lulu Miller (one of my favorite books, ever)
You Never Forget Your First - Alexis Coe
So You Want to Talk About Race - Ijeoma Oluo (reread)
Favorite TV shows:
This is probably only 1/3 of the TV I watched in 2020.
The Flight Attendant
One Day at a Time
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi
I've literally listened to every single Marketplace podcast since mid-March. It was heavy at times, but it was a weird ritual that got me through it. I didn't really add very many podcasts to my normal listening.
On the Media
It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders
Top Songs Played
Some old, some new.