I best jump on the bandwagon of writing up an epitaph to 2013. Â Of course, of the many blogs I read in various communities I know that mine will be mostly uninteresting in comparison, but sure here goes anyway.
In short, 2013 was defiantly a year where I felt “older”. Â Some of this is related to actually not being as healthy as I used to be, back then I’d get my hands on the best Healthyusa.co products to help my health get stronger, and the rest was due to incidents and milestones. Â It was a mixed bag of a year on a personal front. Â Some good, some bad. Â Technology wise, it most definitely was a year of transition. Â But treating technology as simply “technology” reminds me that the problems and the people will always be the same.
January involved my seventh trip to Lotusphere (screwit – I’m sticking with that name). Â Many other people put it a lot better than I did about the events of that week, but needless to say I have very vivid memories of certain things. Â The rest was just an unimportant blur. Â Sadly the vivid stuff still haunts.
In February, Gab Davis and I rewrote Connections101.net for version 4. Â It took a few days and as ever Gab’s commitment and simple desire to educate people stuns me. Â No hidden agenda, no bullshit. Â She just wants to help everyone… anyone. Â February also involved Kenneth’s funeral in Denmark. Â After that, early March I managed to check a box and finally get to Australia, albeit for a very short trip. Â However, Tony and I managed to squeeze in a lot and for once I travelled in style. Â Auslug, and its organisers did themselves proud. Â LCTY in Hamburg, BLUG and Madrid all quickly followed.
A highlight of the year was traveling to the Catalonia Moto GP Â in June with my wife, Tony and Roy Holder. Â A great break and I was hooked on race weekends instantly. Â July and August was very busy with work, house hunting and study. Â A week out for a holiday break in September just after the last UKLUG, which I rode to with Sean Cull and Simon Peek. Â Good times. Â Admincamp in Gelsenkirchen followed straight by a customer visit in Tampa (and visiting the Dolphin Hotel to meet up with Gab and Tim). Â October, November and December went way too quickly, with many short trips and fortunately lots of work.
Lessons learned? Â Quite a few on the professional side. Â I screwed up once but also managed to pull off another project in a manner I’m proud of, so I consider that even (ok… I focus on the screwup but what did you expect). Â On the professional/personal side I started to ignore people that drain energy. Â No badness, just simply not trying to pander to folk as much as I used to. Â One regret is taking this long to start doing that as it’s working out quite well!
2014 has many new projects on the horizon (two starting next week actually). Â I have a suspicion that travel will be frequent in the coming year, but three personal projects are going to take priority over work. Â One will be announced in about a month (get ready to put your hands in your pockets), the other two are kicking off soon. Â The coming year is a game changer in many ways for me. Â Hopefully 12 months from now it will have all worked out.