It’s been an interesting year, to say the least. All things considered, I have to consider 2009 a rousing success–or at least as successful as a year can be with the following constraints:
As I reflect on the past twelve months, I am very pleased with what I have accomplished. Faced with a tough year on the consulting front, I was able to make productive use of my time and write a second book–as well as penning the second edition to my first. In this post, I look both back on 2009 with an eye towards 2010.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t start by thanking those who helped make this year a success. Many people either:
I’m a big believer in community and, even though I work my tail off, much of my success hinges on the efforts of other people. While there are too many to name while keeping this post reasonably short, thank you to everyone who helped make this year successful.
Without question, holding a physical copy of my first book in my hand was an amazing experience, justifying the project’s time, money, and headaches. Also noteworthy was the book’s review on Slashdot and subsequent climb to #91 on Amazon.com, however fleeting. I nearly broke my finger hitting F5 on my keyboard as that number kept going up.
On the self-improvement front, I learned an enormous deal researching The Next Wave of Technologies. I’ve said this before: It’s like I received a real world MIS degree. While I don’t consider myself to be a true expert on subjects like cloud computing, service-oriented architecture, and green IT, I know enough to be dangerous. Really dangerous.
I am very pleased with the development my blogging and writing this year. I look back on some of my posts from February and March a bit sheepishly. The improvement in my writing skills and the launch of my new site in November have collectively resulted in much higher site traffic.
According to WordPress’ statistics, my most popular posts have all come in the last few months:
The new relationships I’ve forged with the contributors to The Next Wave of Technologies have already proven mutually beneficial. I’m also pleased to have cultivated good relationships with the folks at my two publishers: Cengage and John Wiley & Sons.
Just this past month, I began blogging for DataFlux’s Community of Experts, joining a panel of really smart people who know how to write. I just hope that I can keep up with these folks.
Also, I will be launching a new technology-oriented Internet radio show in January of 2010.
As for my 2010 wish list, I’ll take the advice of Chris Brogan, a really smart guy and co-author of Trust Agents, a book that I reviewed it very positively. He seems to know a great deal about social media, a topic that seems to be all the rage today.
Chris recently suggested that people actually publish wish lists. I found this part of his post particularly interesting:
First, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Second, I like sharing how I see the world, because maybe it changes some of how you see things, or gives you ideas based off mine. Third, I find that by writing these lists, it causes me to focus on what I’m going to put out there for 2010.
So, here we go. I wish the following:
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