So, just know right off the bat that I totally ripped off the theme of this post from Chris Brogan’s post of the same. I did it mostly because I like the vibe of it so much; but also (in all honesty) I’d been thinking about doing something similar.
I actually had already written a 2011 “predictions post”. I’d spent a lot of time researching all the different online magazines and various blogger predictions and came up with an idea to do “anti-predictions” article. The idea was to look at all the predictions, draw what consensus I could from all those opinions and then say why I thought they wouldn’t actually happen.
So, after writing it, I took the wonderful Copyblogger “rule of 24” advice, and slept on it. The next morning, I read it and went “Meh… feels too negative and snarky.” So, I decided not to post it. If for some weird reason you’re super curious about it – ping me and I’ll send it to you via email.
So – then I thought I’d write a “gratitude” post and put that up – and that felt more like a journal entry than a blog post.
Anyway – reading Chris’ post this morning got me in the mood – so I thought I’d close out the year with a post similar to his.
- Celebrated the anniversary of my first year of successfully running my own business (this was my big one this year).
- Closed my first international client – I’m off to Amsterdam in mid-January
- Established close and real business relationships with amazing new people through Twitter and Linked-In
- Kept this blog going with at least one post a week (this is post 69 this year). And increased the readership relatively substantially.
- Established a great working relationship and a client success with the Content Marketing Institute (see gratitude below)
- Got about half way done with a new book that I’m working on with Michael Weiss
- Got in better shape (I can actually run a mile under 10 minutes, and do three real pull-ups now)
- Kept my wife relatively happy…. Happy wife = Happy life.
- First year that most companies look to fix a “broken” social media strategy rather than create one.
- Mobile Mobile Mobile (iPhone starts to re-dominate conversation over Android after Verizon gets it).
- Facebook heat cools – a lot.
- Privacy concerns start to *really* enter online marketing strategy discussions
- “Content Curation” is the new hot topic
- Cloud computing gets increasingly “cloudier” as organizations start trying to create their own “private clouds” and customer service expectations around public services start to increase.
- The economy gets a lot better
I’m so passionate about what I do now – and I’m so blessed to have a family (my wife, my dog and my best friend) who really understand that, and foster my adventures. I’m so thankful for all the encouragement, help, business, referrals and general good will that those in my business network (a term that I use loosely since so many are close friends as well) provide . I won’t try and name them all here – as I’ll assuredly miss someone – and you know who you are <grin>. All I’ll say is this – I am continually amazed at the value that my network provides.
When I first came to Los Angeles, I came out to be a rock star. As you might expect, that dream didn’t fare as well as others – and I quickly ran out of money. When I was at my wit’s end, and I was about to get kicked out of my apartment – my grandfather sent me a check. But, more important than the check, was the note he put around it. To this day – it sits right in the viewline of my computer screen.
do all the good you can
for all the people you can
in all the ways you can
For as long as ever you can
For any of you who are Methodist, you’ll recognize that as a rough paraphrase of John Wesley’s famous quote. But it lives in me as the spirit of my grandfather – and in this New Year, my hope is that I can do something good for you.
Happy new year – and here’s to a wonderful 2011.