The Future is Here: 2010 in Review

When planning for the future, studying one’s past achievements can help organize and motivate an individual. With 2011 upon us, I’m taking this opportunity to reflect on my experiences, goals and achievements from 2010.

The Blog Sphere

Although I didn’t get the chance to blog every month this year, this is my first full year that I’ve been writing on my own blog. This in itself is an achievement that I’m rather proud of and I look forward to continue to provide some great content into 2011.

Here’s a few stats on this years blog posts:

Blog Entries 56
Unique Visitors

7 020

Page Views

11 704

RSS Feed Subscribers 33 [Subscribe for SyntaxC4.Net Blog]
My Favourite Blog Post Life Refactored: Going from 9-5 to Dedicated Technologist
Most Viewed Post

You asked, Microsoft Delivered. Free Time on Windows Azure

Least Viewed Post

Windows Azure Firestarter Event: April 6th

Public Speaking

In 2009 I started Speaking at Technical Communities and Events. I continued the trend in 2010 and finished the year off with 8 presentations (that I could track down). What an amazing experience! The majority of my talks were in Ontario, but I was also lucky to have travelled to Quebec and Regina to speak at 2 different events.

Public Speaking combines two things I enjoy most: Talking about my Passion for Software Development and meeting new and interesting people.  I will continue down the path of speaking at events in 2011.

Here’s a list of Events I presented at over the course of this year (hopefully I didn’t forget any):

Event Topic Date Follow-up Entry
CTTDNUG Windows Azure February 24  
FCDNUG Windows Azure February 26  
Confoo Windows Azure
SQL Azure
March 10-12 Everybody was Confoo Fighting
TVBUG Windows Azure May 13th Windows Azure Chat at TVBUG
PrairieDevCon Windows Azure
SQL Azure
June 3-4 Clouds as far as the eye can see
TechDays 2010 Windows Azure October 26-27 Presentation Notes from TechDays 2010 Toronto
Windows Phone 7 Developer Briefings XNA on WP7 December 2, 9  
AzureFest Windows Azure December 14 Post #AzureFest Follow-up Videos
Part1 | Part 2

Unforgettable Moments

Takeaways

Reviewing the past is not only about achievements, it’s also about learning from your experiences. Although 2010 seems like an epic year from my accomplishments above, I also experienced hardship and sleepless nights.

Know Your Limits and Work Within Them

Between working a typical work day, writing blog entries & presentations, presenting and other learning; my schedule got rather hectic at times. I’ve always worked hard and taken the time to learn Best Practices and other  Technologies at home after hours, but I’ve never really burnt out before this year.

Although it was a rather painful experience, I feel that hitting my breaking point was completely necessary. I now know the importance of time off, even if it’s taking a weekend off to hang out with friends, or just take some much deserved “Me  Time”.

Appreciate Your Accomplishments

When you’ve made a career out of something that you love, sometimes you forget that the work you do is still a series of accomplishments.

Stop, Take a Breath, Step Back, Recognize and Reward your Accomplishments!

Happy 2011!