Welcome to the digital home of Harrie Pieters, allround web developer, adventurer, aspiring maker and non-stop improver currently living in Amsterdam. Currently working as freelancer and available for hire.

On this website I write about the things I build, the books I read, my personal development and anything else I find interesting and worth sharing.

Blog post written on May 11 2017

Blog Challenge; A post mortem

It has been over a month now since I started my blogging challenge, and I just passed the one third mark. However, today I decided it is time to abandon the challenge in its current form. After stopping, and restarting again a week ago I was unable to write again in the last few days. As my writing is becoming more infrequent, I decided it was time to re-evaluate the 100 day challenge....

May 3, 2017

On buying less, or minimalists

Live a more meaningful live by having less stuff. That is the promise of the minimalists. I recently watched their documentary, http://www.theminimalists.com/netflix/, on Netflix. I realised after a few minutes that I actually visited their website a couple of times in the past by chance....

May 2, 2017

Acceptance

I want to learn Spanish. I want to read books. I want to work on my side project. I want to play tennis. I want to improve my coding skills. I want to improve my french. I want to write well researched articles. I want to learn Japanese. I want to keep a journal of all my thoughts. I want to mediate....

May 1, 2017

Blog direction

Writing interesting blog posts that are interesting to read take considerable time to prepare. They require research, reading previous articles, writing, re-writing, editing and collection all...

April 30, 2017

Planning

Jikes, I messed up again. I failed to write for two days in a row, after painstakingly building my chain for the last 31 days. Yes, I was feeling sick and under stress, having no “free” time...

April 29, 2017

Frontend is changing

This week Airbnb launched painting with code, another tool for designers to directly design and develop the frontend of a website...

April 28, 2017

Static site generator

In my search for a way to automate parts of my blog posting process and other parts of personal website I stumbled upon metalsmith.io. It presents itself as “an extremely simple,...

April 27, 2017

Stoicism

I recently started reading about Stoicism. A philosophy dating back to the Roman and Greek times. In essence it teaches that life won’t go as you expected, and therefor you should...

April 26, 2017

New ideas

I feel like I am running around in circles, writing the same thing: I am too busy. Same goes for my projects, after finishing my air quality project page I haven’t had time...

April 25, 2017

Self reflection

Although I had limited time to work on self development this past week, I did learn more about myself. I noticed that once I lose control or overview of the situation...

April 24, 2017

Blog Update #2

Blog update in short, it has taken a turn for the worse. I have been stressed out the last couple of days due to too much tasks and to little overview. Combine this with a...

April 23, 2017

Inspiration: Adventure Archives

I really enjoy walking in nature. Be it in forests, open area’s or mountains, I always enjoy getting away from the every day life. Doing so in The Netherlands can be hard, and walking...

April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day everyone! I for one am very happy earth is still around and kicking. If you surfed the internet today I am sure you encountered the celebration somewhere, and that is a good thing. In today’s wor...

April 20, 2017

Best fiction book I ever read

Another week, another book club. Turns out I still haven’t found the time to make a lot of progress on reading or summarising any of the existing books. So today I decided to discuss what the best...

April 19, 2017

Short project update

I talked about it before, but I finally managed to put my project page live! It feels great to set your mind to something, have a deadline, and finish it. At this moment I have two...

April 18, 2017

Choosing a direction

Choosing a direction is hard. Time is limited, so what do you focus on. I find it hard to find my focus, I want to work on 10 things at the same time. At the same time I know this...

April 17, 2017

Blog Update

It has been a week since I started with a blog schedule in order to get some structure into my writing. So far I enjoy the structure, as it narrows down the topics to write about. I was afraid it might limit me in my inspiration...

April 16, 2017

Spending the day outside

It is easter in the Netherlands, and I am spending the weekend at my parents place situated in the countryside. Part of the family is dropping by, and our plans include a hike and shared dinner...

April 15, 2017

City or countryside?

Ever since the start of the industrial revolution cities have grown rapidly. This is leading to more and more over and densely populated cities. If you look for example at my hometown Amsterdam the housing prices...

April 14, 2017

Internet Infrastructure

Times are changing in internet infrastructure, and for the better! I remember, and starting to feel old, that the only way to host your website was pretty much own a physical server and rent rack space at a hosting company...

April 13, 2017

Having a purpose

I am currently reading Creativity, Inc., a book by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios. I bought this book based off a recommendation list containing the authors 20 books that...

April 12, 2017

Projects update

Time for my first project update! When starting this blog I had big ideas to create a special section on my website about the projects I am working on. As you might have noticed the section still isn’t finished...

April 11, 2017

Personal Goals

I never cared much about personal goals for most my life. But, somewhere at the end of my studies I became interested in the concept of continuous learning. As my studies where ending I realised...

April 10, 2017

Daily blog schedule

Keeping consistent blog content has been hard up until this point. When discussing my blog with a colleague today, he mentioned the idea of daily theme’s. The idea seems good enough, have a theme for...

April 9, 2017

Sunny Sunday

Finding the time to write a blog post can be tricky some days. Today is such a tricky day. The weather has been exceptionally well and I left the house to be outside most of the day. In addition....

April 8, 2017

Morning routine

I feel having a morning routine can greatly benefit your productivity throughout the day. Sadly, I don’t have a morning routine other than showering and breakfast....

April 7, 2017

What to do with passwords

Passwords, a necessary evil it seems. They serve their purpose, protect our sensitive information, but to say I enjoy writing my password? No. I recently bought the new iPhone, and I really...

April 6, 2017

Post #15

First milestone achieved! When starting my 100 blog post challenge I had no idea how I would actually do. And after failing at the first attempt my hopes of success...

April 5, 2017

On not making a decision

Not making a decision is in fact also a decision, to do nothing. It sounds so straight forward, yet I never thought about making decisions in this way. Turns out this is a favourite decision strategy of mine...

April 4, 2017

I need an archive

Yes, I need an archive for my posts because the list on the landing page is becoming a little bit to long. The original design only left room for my latest four posts and...

April 3, 2017

Local factory, global products

I enjoy thinking about the possibilities of new technologies and their potential application. Recently my mind wandered about the globalisation we have seen in the last decades...

2st April 2017

Good weather, good vibes

Ahhh, the sunshine is finally breaking through the clouds. After a disappointing winter, almost no ice skating, we are now seeing the signs of spring. Granted we...

1st April 2017

Working on the weekend

Happy Saturday everyone, and happy fools day as well. It might sound like a joke to some of you, working on the weekend, for others it is business as usual...

March 31, 2017

Inspiration: Flux

I find finding inspiration to start working, achieve goals or write blog posts to be tricky. And so I try to surround myself with inspirational content throughout the day..

March 30, 2017

Who is reading this?

It has been a couple of days since I started my blogging adventure, and so far, it has been a bumpy ride. Taking the time, coming up with ideas..

March 29, 2017

Inbox Zero

Email, we cannot seem to live without it. It has been around for more than 50 years, and the killer app of the 90s has remained very much the same...

March 28, 2017

The Snooze Button

The snooze button, is it a friend or an enemy? Personally, I have a love hate relationship between my split personalities.

March 27, 2017

Website update #2

I am lacking inspiration for today’s blogpost, so it is going to be a quick update regarding the website. Since launching at the beginning of the month I haven’t touched any of the code or infrastructure.

March 26, 2017

Achieving my Goals with Visual Cues

We all have goals in our lives, some small and some large. If you have been reading my previous posts you will know my current goal is to write a blog post every single day.

March 25, 2017

False start

Despite the best intentions I seem to have “failed” my writing challenge on the first day. Ouch... I am sure it’s some kind of record, but not really...

March 23, 2017

Starting a challenge...

It has been 3 weeks since I launched my website, and since launching I have done... well... nothing. My ambition to start writing blog posts still stands, but I haven’t set any deadlines or setup a schedule for writing.

March 1, 2017

Getting started..

At last! I don’t know how long I have been thinking about starting my own blog, but now it finally exists. I have contemplated using tools such as wordpress, ghost or medium...