(Fiscal) New Year’s Resolutions

Microsoft is one of the companies that has a fiscal year that is different from the calendar year, so 2007 ended yesterday for Microsoft.  The 4th Quarter is a busy time for everyone as you have to finish up a lot of the stuff that you are working on and you have to do a lot of reporting (most everything is electronic and not paper based – but you still have to do stuff even though you are not killing trees).  Just like the actual New Year’s Eve it leaves you with a bit of a hang over that makes you want to unplug for a few days and get ready for the next year (I plan on taking a few days off next week myself).  Since today is the first day of the New Year, I thought I would make a few resolutions for FY2008 and share them with you.

  1. Make my blog suck less.  Fortunately Scott Hanselman recently created a roadmap for doing this in 32 east steps.
  2. Post a relevant blog article at least twice a week. Some of the post on this blog are to let people know what I am up to (speaking at a user group, going to a conference, telling you about something that is neat).  I will still continue to post those here, but I want to make sure there is at least 2 compelling posts per week that will make you want to keep burning my feed.
  3. Spend at least one hour a day working on a project.  I have some neat ideas for some applications that I want to create and share (at least 3 right now).  I want to start working on them and not just leave them in the “someday” stage.  I want to work on these projects right out in the open so you can see what I am doing every step of the way.  If they are interesting enough, some of you might even want to help me out.  🙂
  4. Attend more community activities.  Last year I started reaching out to some of the groups in the community.  I attended barcampWeb414 and the Adobe User Group.  I have met some great people and have learned a lot from them.  I also don’t want to just “Suit up and show up”, I want to get actively involved in these groups.
  5. Do more creative things.  I tend to get bogged down in the bits and bytes of technology and not use it to explore more creative outlets.  I want to use technology to create beautiful as well as useful things.  For example I would like to do something creative with these photos:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jodieandlarry/sets/72157600274802190/ (please let me know if you have any ideas).

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