I’ve been working at Microsoft as a software engineer for 13 years. I really enjoy it - I work on projects with a large scope of impact, alongside great people, using interesting technologies. And it provides constant opportunities for career growth. Ever since I was a kid I’ve loved problem solving, and software engineering allows me to do that.
I haven’t always enjoyed my job though. A career is a marathon - some years are great, others are just good, and a few may even be bad. And in 2016 I was having one of the “bad” years. I was struggling to find inspiration in my day-to-day tasks, and I wasn’t having fun anymore. I had fallen into a career slump.
In order to get out of this rut I tried a few new things. One of the things I tried was joining Twitter and networking with folks in the industry. Right away I met a bunch of great people. They were funny and supportive and completely awesome. I hadn’t solved my career problems yet but I was having a blast.
Around that same time I visited a ceramic paint studio with my family and painted a dinosaur. As a joke I posted a photo of the dinosaur on Twitter and said he could be a mascot for the group.
That first dinosaur was named Threddy. 😊
I expected the joke to last for 5 minutes but here I am 4 years later still being a dinosaur on the internet.
You can find info about Threddy on the following pages:
- Tweets - a list of Threddy tweets. Some describe the history of Threddy, others are just ones I like.
- Comics - I created a comic starring Threddy and his raccoon friend Freddy.
- Merch - if you want t-shirts or other merch check here.
- Pixel Art - a few bits of pixel art I’ve created.