A blog about trying to make yourself better at making and designing websites. Also about random shit.

Can't think of what to do next? Try to be silly.

Remember when we learned React together around 3 weeks ago? So I was thinking of doing stuff with React or else I'll forget about it if another day went by. I couldn't really think of an interesting side project that I could do in a few hours, so I thought that maybe I should just do whatever—anything really—just so that I get some practice with it.

So screw usefulness! I just wanted something on the screen. I don't know how the idea came to me, but through some machinations in my brain + a lot of tea somehow led me to the idea of doing emoji-rain but for Party Parrots.

I didn't know how it would go or what I would get out of it even, but I just did it. And it was fun!

Here it is in all its silly glory:

It doesn't do much (in fact, it does nothing at all to make society better 🙆‍♂️), but I got a lot out of it:

✅ I learned how to draw things on <canvas>
✅ I learned how to use requestAnimationFrame for the animations.
✅ I actually made a React component!
✅ I learned how to use Promises.

Did I already mention that it was fun too? What else? Not much ... I was just on the front page of motherfucking Codepen! I can die now.

So if you can't think of a project to do to practice and learn, try being silly! Try to remove that filter in your brain. Have fun!