2023 has been a fantastic year for me in many ways. This newsletter continues to do well, which is constantly surprising, and the Swift Package Index received support from Apple and continues to grow beyond all expectations. Yet, I feel melancholy as we approach the end of 2023.

I hope you’re not feeling the same way I am, but just in case you are, it’s worth a reminder, and I say this primarily to myself: Breaks from work are essential.

I’m terrible at taking breaks. When I worked for someone else, I always ended the year with spare vacation days as December ended, and that problem only got worse when I started working for myself. It’s not that I never take a day off, but needing to send this newsletter every Friday means I can never switch off for a whole week, which maintains a relatively consistent level of background stress throughout the year. I don’t mean to complain. I know I’m lucky to be in this situation, and there are many jobs with far higher stress, but it doesn’t change the fact that I feel exhausted.

So, I’m going to try to switch off as much as possible for the next two weeks and focus on the positive things that happened this year. I’ll put together the “Best of And Finally…” edition that you’ll receive next Friday as soon as I’ve sent out this issue, and that’s the newsletter done until the new year! I’ll also take as much time as possible off from the package index, and even though I have an idea for a little experiment in the documentation hosting system I’d love to prototype in a few spare days, I think it needs to wait.

Thank you all so much for continuing to read my words here during 2023, for writing all of the blog posts and articles I link to, and for the feedback and kind words you send in replies. I also hope that, wherever possible, you can also take a break over the holidays.

I’ll be back at full capacity, refreshed and ready to go on the 5th of January, and I can’t wait to see what 2024 brings!

Dave Verwer  






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