In some weird ways, I have a love/hate relationship with ‘Top 10 lists’, which we see a lot off at the end of the year. Most of the time they seem to be nothing more but a way to get more traffic to your site, but I still fall for it and what to see (and compare) my lists! One thing I do like doing at the end of the year is looking back at what happened. While your not any different on 12/31/08 11:59 than you will be on 1/1/09 12:01, the new year obviously gives a fresh new look on life.
While 2008 for me wasn’t as busy as 2006 (got married) and 2007 (new job, new house, promotion), it was still a great year:
- In January, we had finally launched the new Richmond.com, but then I got REALLY sick.
- In February, I had to rebuild a bunch of servers, didn’t post much because I was so busy at work, and fell back into my depression.
- While staying busy at work, in March we redid our den, the first of our home improvement projects.
- April was our 2 year wedding anniversary, and to celebrate, Debs and I went to Chicago. We also had an addition to our family, a little Beagle puppy named Toby!
- In May I was still pretty busy, but wrote up a bunch of posts about our trip to Chicago.
- June was pretty laid back as well, with a wedding and moving around.
- I went back to Chicago in July, this time for the 2008 GeoDomain conference. I got to present in front of the members that attended as well as a more public event on Friday. Had a very crappy flight back home, but an overall good time back in Chicago. We also got iPhone 3G’s, and I got to meet George Washington.
- August wasn’t much, other than starting to look for jobs and taking Toby to training.
- In September I was interviewed for the Associated Cities site. I also started into my own investing, already making money on this down market. I also (no one knew this at the time) was interviewing for jobs.
- On October 10th, I quit my job (though, I was forced to not make it public and had to lie to coworkers until the 14th). This had to be the best decision this year. It’s not that I didn’t like Richmond.com (I loved it), it just didn’t fit (for SO many reasons) anymore. That, and I needed to make a career move to stay somewhat sane. I wanted to focus more on programing than programing/management/sysadmin/everything else. I loved the management and programing side, but there was a reason in 2007 that I quit my sysadmin job.
- In November, poo really hit the fan with the whole MediaGeneral bought Richmond.com thing. It was interesting ‘live-tweeting’ as the papers were signed and I became a MG employee for a week. But since I no longer was working 80+ hour weeks, I was able to do quite a few things, like see Nine Inch Nails live again, move to my own hosting again (twice), and set back up all of my sites. I also finished up the paperwork on a new venture that was to be announced in December…
- December started off with a bang, as it was announced of my new GeoDomain venture and working with Alexandria.com. I also started really getting into the groove at the new job, started freelancing, had to give up our precious little puppy (but to my mother in law), and finally started having free time to invest into my home and hobbies.
There were some accomplishments this year that I’m pretty happy about (though didn’t plan):
- I dramatically grew my professional and personal connections, which has so many different possibilities for the future. Many people I met professionally are also great friends, and great resources as well. In the last year, I managed to meet and know many great people.
- I learned a ton of new topics and web technologies. I think the single largest topic that really sparked my interest was SEO. Id love to do something like that professionally (or consult with those that need help).
- I gained confidence in my ability to do stuff around the house without burning it down or destroying it (too much).
- I gained confidence in sharing my knowledge with others and knowing that they may rely on this for business decisions. And then I became very happy seeing that my sharing of knowledge not only made them more profitable, but built up my confidence for being able to answer questions others may have and knowing I’m right.
- My site almost doubled in traffic last year! This is mostly thanks to my READERS! This sparked my interest in moving my site to my own hosting platform in the possibility to monetize my efforts. This also lit the fire under my other passion, Photography, and wanting to expand my other blog.
All in all, a lot of the year was a blur to me with everything going on at work especially. But after seeing the results of last year’s haphazard blur (without any planning), I want to set certain goals/plans:
- Actually finish another (or couple more) projects around the house
- Learn Cocoa/Obj-C, and write my first Mac app in a LONG time.
- Produce at least one meaningful app for distribution, either for Windows, Mac OS, or the iPhone. I would also like to create at least one plug-in for an already existing platform, like WordPress.
- Get a better handle on our finances and investments.
- Start getting healthy. Loose weight, eat better, feel better.
- Continue to grow my professional and personal contacts.
- Further develop and start to promote my side work, including freelance web and app development, hosting, and photography.
- Learn everything I can.
- Be an even better husband/son/friend/brother/person.