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  • Writer's pictureJonn Galea

About my recent unexpected hiatus

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

If 2022 was raging torrent of content with nearly 70 surnames added to the site, 2023 so far has been a trickle. Here’s why.

Last year, finally went live after nearly a decade of it being a figment of my imagination. The website accumulated nearly 70 coats of arms with accompanying descriptions, there were a few media appearances, and had an active social media presence.

I had high hopes for 2023, I was confident the project would reach the coveted 100 most common surnames on the website by the end of June and plateau at 120 by Christmas.

However, it's nearly August and the website has only added ten new entries. Furthermore, the once lively social media feeds, which used to have at least two posts per week, have slowed down significantly.


So what gives?

In essence, priorities changed. Many of you know that this endeavour is a one-man show, I conduct the research, design the heraldry, write the descriptions, build the website, maintain it, and run all social media accounts. All these aspects take time, and time was hard to come by recently.

In January of this year, I started my dream job as a designer with Meta, the company made up of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, among others.

I’m loving the new role, learning so much every day whilst working on complex problems and products. So much so that work has required my undivided attention pretty much all the time in recent months. Whatever little time was left over, I dedicated to my family.

But the hard work is paying off, I’m becoming embedded in my domain and, with that, more time is freeing up for my passion projects, with being chief amongst them.

I certainly need to recalibrate my goals for the rest of the year, but there has been some progress in recent weeks. I have 5-10 new surnames in the oven, and I look forward to sharing them with you all soon.

Hopefully that gives some explanation for the recent crickets, as always, I’m grateful to those who have remained supportive throughout the recent hiatus. Take care all and don’t forget to make time for what brings them joy (just don’t beat yourselves up when life gets in the way).

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