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Looking back at 2018

What a year 2018 has been! There have been ups and downs but I thought I'd blog about it all and pick out some highlights from the past year.


Edinbuug Meetup - Kicking off the year with a meetup is always a good way to start the year. 

Not a coding or Umbraco highlight but it was the first time that my whole family had got together in years. We celebrating my Mum's 60th birthday at Center Parcs. It was a blast! 

I headed to Glasgow for 5 days of Umbraco training! It was a pleasure to meet Doug Robar (Umbraco Man) and getting my Umbraco Masters certificate. I also had a guest seat on UmbraCoffee


MVP award


I headed to Odense for my first ever CodeGarden. It was epic! So much more than just a conference. It's a chance to chat with fellow Umbraco users and socialise with amazing people. A brilliant experience. I was also named as a Umbraco MVP! I still can't believe it. Such an honour and it was great to get up on stage with all the other MVPs. I've made some really good friends off the back of this - you know who you all are. 
I've still got my CodeGarden 'Meet Owain' Tshirt - If anyone has any suggestions on what to do with it, please let me know. I can't bring myself to binning it. 

Mike Masey kicked off the first Umbraco Virtual Meetup. A really nice way to keep the Umbraco community together and discussing all things Umbraco. 

I had a bit of a meltdown in July. My Imposter Syndrome really kicked in and so I felt I had to get it out there. I blogged about it and had so much support from the Umbraco community. 

Community Corner launches. I'm still very proud of the community corner series of blogs that I launched in August. I've a couple of new ideas up my sleeve ready for 2019 but I'm always looking to make contact with new members of the community who would like an introduction. Please, get in touch. 

My first Pull Request was also merged in to the core code of V7 and V8 of Umbraco! The Colour picker came out in 7.12.

I headed to Umbraco UK Fest with Keiron and this was my first UK Festival and Keiron's first Umbraco Festival. It was a brilliant couple of days and the guys at Cogworks put on a great event. If you can't make CodeGarden, this event is a great alternative for UK Umbracians.

I inherited from Doug Robar. This is a real privilege and I look forward to taking on this as a new side project with the opensource community. More details will be posted soon but if you are interested in joining in, you can find out more on my GitHub repo.

What has 2019 got in store? 

Lots of exciting things I'm sure. Umbraco V8 might make an appearance. I hope to make it to CodeGarden again and I'll be hosting many more Meetups with Steven in Edinburgh. 

I'm working with Ilham at Umbraco HQ on a wee project that we hope to announce early 2019. will be relaunched and I'm currently considering submitting a talk to CodeGarden! I just haven't thought of a subject yet. I'm open to suggestions. 


I want to wish everyone in the Umbraco Community all the best for 2019 and I hope to meet many more of you over the next year. 


About the author



Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego! 

He is also a GitKraken ambassador and helps look after the website.

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