My girlfriend has told me many times before that I need to have my own personal portfolio that shows people what I stand for what kind of value I can provide.
I've never had one of these and I deep down hoped I would never need to have one. That's my ego.
I got to talk to Jack Lyons for the first time this weekend, and it was nice to get his take on what it means for a developer to have their own personal site. It was nice to hear his experience... that people do actually reach out on the contact forms. It made me for the first time be able to set aside my ego for just a moment to think yes maybe I do need one... maybe I could have one.
When I told this to my gf, she said that I must hate her, because she's told me so many times and I just never listened. But I told her that this was different because it was a person in a context I could fully relate to. And then I remembered Jack mentioning how he spends days not being able to talk to any other developers about dev stuff... and so yes, I think I can let go of my ego for a bit, for now. And maybe someday, for longer.