In most ways it was the right move for me. It lets me focus more on mentorship and lifting up those around me while also helping guide a product from an all new perspecitve. I’ve served as the lead engineer on many projects over the years but never from a place where I didn’t write code myself.
As much as I do enjoy my new role I can’t deny I miss writing code. It’s one of the few things I’ve ever been able to do that is ”mine.” It’s where I’m allowed to be myself and do what I need to do without someone questioning me every step of the way.
While I got my start writing code for WordPress sites, I have no interest at all at doing so again. Instead, if I stay with WordPress, my interest is in developer tools and plugins that help support sites from a solid data and performance stand point. Ideally I would get away from PHP at all but that’s probably not in the cards for me for a while.
For the last few months I’ve been building a WordPress developer tool in GoLang and it has been some of the most fun I’ve had on a computer in at least a decade. It’s still closer to a project, WordPress, that I no longer feel welcome in but at least it’s writing code again.
If I can keep up the balance of managing people during my day job and writing code on my free time I think I can do pretty good for myself. Here’s to hoping I can keep up the pace.