Looking back on 2010...
Published Thu, 30 Dec 2010
This year was a very busy year for me. February saw the initial release of my open source projects, visural-common and visural-wicket, with two subsequent releases during the year. The visural-wicket library was much more successful that I had guessed and has been downloaded by hundreds of developers of the course of the year.
The rest of the first half of the year were a combination of juggling work, personal life and building onmydoorstep.com.au. Ultimately I was not successful in the AppMyState competition that I entered in to, but I continued to work on the site throughout the year with many of the features that I had planned initially finally making their way into the site over the following months.
Depsite not fulfilling its intended purpose, building On My Doorstep was a fantastic experience for me, and expanded my skills greatly, particularly in the areas of CSS, SEO, UI design and server administration. Having work mainly on internally hosted apps in the past, this site was a crash course in startup-dom which has been invaluable.
I dabbled in a little Python this year, having felt like I've "run my course" with Java recently. I like Python, but I don't think I'm ready to switch over as yet. I think I'd like to dabble with a little Scala and Ruby first, before undertaking any "proper" project with a new language.
One thing that I felt consistently over the past year, is that I've been spreading myself too thin. I need to spend less time writing code, and try some new things in life.
This is reflected in my goals for 2011 below -
- Get "On My Doorstep" to a "parkable" state. By parkable, I don't mean to abandon the project, but simply finish off the work in progress stuff and put it into "maintenance" for the time being.
- Write a novel. This will be a new and much needed creative experience. I went from working on animated films in 2006 to working two jobs and cutting code 7 days a week. It's time I put my creative energies in a less work-oriented direction.
- Dropping 10kgs. Over the past 4 years I've slowly gained around 10 kgs in weight. This is since I dropped roughly 25 kgs between 2005/2006, dropping from 105kgs to 80kgs. This time it's been mainly caused by too much good food, as opposed to bad food, and also excessive hours working with not enough exercise. My plan is to decrease the amount of food I eat (particularly carbs), but also try to schedule in some sustainable exercise.
I've kept it to three, as I feel it's not realistic to have more than that at a time.
That's not to say everything else falls by the way-side, I expect to make another few releases of visural-wicket during the year, and other random projects. I will keep making new blog posts, but maybe not quite as frequently as I have this year (at one stage I was managing 1-2 posts per week).
Some things I'm looking forward to -
- spending more time with my family
- getting through my bluray home-theatre backlog
- Dragon Age 2 (hope they don't screw it up, I'm being optimistic!)
- Mass Effect 3 (hope it makes it for 2011)
- Diablo 3 (I might be disappointed - 2012?)
Anyway, here's to a new year! I hope everyone has a good one, and finds it to be bigger, better and more enjoyable than the last.
About the Author
Richard Nichols is an Australian software engineer with a passion for making things.
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