Gabor self reporting for 2021.05

This is the belated report for May 2021 (See also the list of previous reports).


Given that I am writing this report on June 11th the various subscriber numbers of this report and of the next report won't really reflect a month. Luckily (not a very good luck though) they probably don't change much these days.

On May 15 I started to learn the Crystal programming language, started to prepare slides as a way of learning and started to work on a project collecting data about shards, the Crystal language packages.

A week later, once I had a skeleton of the project, I submitted a talk-proposal to the Crystal conference and then spent a huge amount of time working on the project. About 4 weeks after starting it I found out that there is already a site doing most of the things I planned to do. (But that's the story for June already...)

One of the reasons that I am so late writing this post is that I enjoyed so much writing that application in Crystal that I wanted to spend all my time on it.

We went to the funeral of the father of close friend and later we went to the Shiva. Both was impressive. These people know how to talk and it was clear they loved him very much.

I posted on LinkedIn that I have spare time for a new client. I got surprisingly many likes and shares on my post and 7 leads. I already signed with one of them and I hope to sign with another client soon.

The first one is fully remote the second one will probably want me to come on-site. At least some of the days. We'll see.

Personal blog posts

There were 2 posts on my personal site.


Number of followers:

  Hebrew:   620 (+1)
  English:  552 (+1)
  Spanish:   42 (+1)
  Hungarian: 10 (-)

  Perl:    796 (+5)
  Python:  690 (+16)
  DevOps:  363 (+3)
  Golang:  211 (+3)

  Personal: 4,224 (+21)

As you can see more new people followed me personally than any of my pages. I guess I ran out of energy posting on my pages.


Same as last month, I primarily posted in my two main Twitter accounts.

Number of followers:

  szabgab:      2,436 (-5)
  PerlWeekly:   2,789 (+2)
  PerlMaven:      585 (-6)
  Code__Maven:     23 (-)


Number of followers:

                 Follow         Like
  Perl  Maven:    288 (+7)      270 (+7)
  Python Maven :  171 (+3)      168 (+3)
  Hebrew:          27 (-)       27 (-)

No posting, no likes and no new followers.


No huge changes here.

  • 2021.05 ended with 63 Patrons and 8 followers
  • 2021.04 ended with 62 Patrons and 8 followers
  • 2021.03 ended with 66 Patrons and 8 followers
  • 2021.02 ended with 66 Patrons and 8 followers
  • 2021.01 ended with 68 Patrons and 8 followers
  • 2020.12 ended with 66 Patrons and 8 followers
  • 2020.11 ended with 69 Patrons and 6 followers
  • 2020.10 ended with 66 Patrons and 6 followers
  • 2020.09 ended with 63 Patrons and 6 followers
  • 2020.08 ended with 54 Patrons and 6 followers.
  • 2020.07 ended with 30 Patrons

See a partial list of supporters.

I only posted once in May and it was public.

According to my Patreon page there are now 112 videos, 1 writing and 2 links available to the Patrons with $5 or more monthly support.

All the other posts are public.

In May I had 1 post on

Perl Maven

On the Perl Maven site there are 4 in May. (21 in April, 16 in March, 22 in February and 3, 34, 14, 5 in the previous months).

You can see them in the archive.

Code Maven

On the Code Maven site there are 21 posts in May (16 in April, 7 in March, 2 in February and 12, 2, 7, 13 in the previous months).

You can see them in the archive there.

Perl Weekly

Nothing very exciting on the Perl Weekly newsletter. I edited 2 of the issues and Manwar edited 3.


The number of followers on the various YouTube channels:

  English:   2,236 (+36)
  Hebrew:      198 (+7)
  Hungarian:    10 (-1)
  Spanish:      10 (+1)

Webinars and Meetups

This month I had only one webinar in Hebrew. See the hikes for my other Meetup group.

Live Pair programming

I had quite a few live pair programming events. We are making progress in 2 applications and we had some separate items as well Check out the live pair programming events page where I list all the previous episodes and all the planned events.

In general very few people attend the events while we are coding, but there are a few 10s sometimes a few 100s who watch the video later on.

In any case the main goal is to make progress in the applications and to learn new things.

Spanish lessons

Keep using Duolingo.

In May I think I did not have Spanish lessons via italki.


It is effectively over here in Israel. Very few restrictions remain, but traveling abroad is still not easy.


Playing lots of games on Dragon Go Server and also on Online Go.


According to Runkeeper I went walking 12 times in May.


If you are interested in the routes and the pictures here are the 3 hikes I had in May.

Bar Giyyora Mt. Carmel Bar Giyyora

One of them was with people from my Hiking in Israel Meetup group.


I submitted the grades for all the students in the Programming Bootcamp. Yeah!


Less than 3 weeks are left from this month.

My talk proposal was accepted to the Crystal conference so I will want to continue learning Crystal. Maybe instead of working my own project I'll work only on my Crystal slides and I will try to contribute to other projects.

I plan to continue doing a lot of pair-programming or team-programming live.

I have some work to do with my paying clients.