It’s really nice to look back at the past year to see what you’ve accomplished and come up with ideas for how to be even better the next year. I started doing these as a way for friends and family to keep up with me without the hassle of doing holiday cards (2008 and 2007 editions). I’m going to try to make this one shorter than in previous years and focus on just a few things.
2009 in Review
- Wrote a book – Companies and Communities: Participating without being sleazy (available in paperback, kindle, or PDF versions).
- Launched The Crazy Neighbor, a new website celebrating crazy neighbors everywhere, where you can contribute pictures of your crazy neighbors.
- Helped organize some great events as part of Legion of Tech, including several Ignite Portland events and BarCampPortland. I encourage you to watch the Ignite Portland documentary. Liz did a great job of capturing the spirit of the event in just 8 minutes of video, and I was honored to participate with an interview.
- Spoke at some great events, including sxsw, Innotech, WebVisions (video interview and presentation materials), Community 2.0, Ignite Corvallis (video of my talk), Business Leader NW (audio recording of my discussion), and others. More details and some of my presentations can be found on my speaking page.
- Continued my work with Yahoo Pipes, including a bunch of 2 minute video tutorials.
- Had many great clients and really interesting work in 2009. Most of it was confidential online community strategy work that I can’t link to, but I also wrote a bunch of blog posts for GigaOM’s WebWorkerDaily and Intel.
Some thoughts on what I want to do in 2010
- Continue to do interesting work on fun projects where I can collaborate with cool people.
- Start a few more websites, like I did with The Crazy Neighbor. It’s a great learning experience, a good way to practice my skills and fun to experiment with something new.
- Stay healthy by continuing to work out and eat healthy food.
- Spend more time reading a combination of fiction and business / technology books.
- Take more beach vacations! I haven’t taken a real vacation that didn’t involve visiting family, since I started my own business. In my defense, I did take two beach vacations the previous year, but it’s time for me to start planning another nice vacation.