This year in 2020, I want to work towards posting blogs more consistently. I can see the value it can bring in improving my writing skills, and helping me to better understand programming concepts, and so I’ve committed for the first half of the year to try and post a blog a week.
But it’s very easy to start chasing likes and followers when posting on a platform like DEV. I will admit getting more followers and reactions is cool, and it’s a good feeling when you get that validation. But on the flip side, when you post and no one looks at it, that feeling kind of sucks.
I don’t want those feelings - good or bad - to get in the way of me posting blogs, and so I made a browser extension to fix that.
Now when I look at posts on my feed I will see something like this:
And my dashboard no longer shows analytics data:
And I've done the same to my notifications page and other pages across DEV.
I’ll admit this is probably a bit extreme of me, and I’m still probably going to get the urge to check my stats once in a while, but I think this is a good compromise for now.
If you’re interested in installing it yourself, I’ve put up the repository here. There’s definitely still some bugs - it doesn’t seem to always work when navigating between pages so I would love to know if it can be improved upon.