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The CEO of Vercel Noticed this Blog Site

Mar 1, 2021 ā€¢ ā˜•ļø 2 min read

Our manager required us to publish a blog on our site to train our written communication. At least one blog each team per month. I like the idea so I created a personal blog site. I was inspired by Dan Abramov's overreacted.io which is written on Gatsby.js. So I recreate it using Next.js. It is also to explore new skills and technologies like how to use the different types of pre-rendering in Next.js.

I was also amazed by how's Dan Abramov's blog site is performant when testing it on Lighthouse. Since our manager told us also to study web vitals I decided not just to imitate Dan's website design but also his site's performance.

I came to the point where I have a performance problem on my self-hosted fonts. I searched for tutorials and came up with Leerob's site and his youtube tutorial where he discussed this problem I faced. He is part of the Vercel team which is the author of Next.js. So I go to his guestbook and message him to review my site.

The Next Morning

... did not expect, Leerob's starred my repository and someone on the Vercel team also forked and contributed to my blog site. He is pacocoursey.

It was overwhelming and I'm so happy that day. I slept that night with a smile on my face.

And there's more

I was shocked by the numbers of stars already on my blog repository. It suddenly had 30 stars in one day. I thought why and that's the moment when I search this keyword on google aljoseph github I noticed a tweet where there is a screenshot of my blog site.

Guillermo Rauch the CEO of Vercel, creator of the famous socket.io tagged me on his tweet.

This is so cool. Someone rebuilt @dan_abramov's iconic theme in Next.js. While both are deployed on @vercel, Next.js makes this one even more performant than the original šŸ¤Æ (see below) šŸ“

This is so cool. Someone rebuilt @dan_abramov's iconic https://t.co/XCAnB7afD9 theme in Next.js. 

While both are deployed on @vercel, Next.js makes this one even more performant than the original šŸ¤Æ (see below)

šŸ“ https://t.co/r3XBteMMFx https://t.co/RQazcTACfX
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It was so breathtaking. I am so proud of what I make even though the project is too basic.

He even tested my site on web.dev and I am very thankful that our manager told us to learn about web vitals.

Pretty amazing numbers without any special optimization work, just using the native functionality (and on the first run!)

Pretty amazing numbers without any special optimization work, just using the native functionality (and on the first run!) https://t.co/f3V6jFkCvu
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I am very motivated to learn new technologies. So I want also to encourage you to create your blog site. It will benefit you to learn new techniques and make yourself marketable. I hope it also helps you to feel motivated in your career as a web developer.