Goals for 2010


As I said in my Year In Review post, 2009 was a great year for me.  I’m hoping that 2010 will be even better.  In order to do that, here’s a list of goals I’m making for myself.

Learn Some New Technology

The big technology that I really want to be proficient in by the end of 2010 includes Silverlight 4, ASP.NET MVC 2.0, and Windows Azure.  These are the technologies that I believe are really going to take off in the next few years, and I want to make sure that I have the skills necessary to be valuable. 

Learn Something Completely New

I’m a bit of a Microsoft fan boy.  I admit!  My reasoning is that I believe that Microsoft makes the best developer tools available.  However, I am anxious to learn something new this year.  My goal is to pick up Ruby (and Rails).  I’ve seen some of the products built using it.  I’ve listened to developers talk about the ruby experience.  Only thing I haven’t done is actually try to do any Ruby development on my own.  That’s going to change in 2010.

Blogging

I’m going to try to blog more.  I’m aiming for twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday.  In order to achieve this, I’m going to try predating several entries.  If it’s published today, it doesn’t mean that I wrote it today.  We’ll see how that works out!

Weight

If you’ve met me at any community event, you’ll know that I’m a big guy.  I’m not ashamed of it, but it is a major part of myself that I’m trying to change.  In 2010, hopefully within the first half, I’d like to drop a significant amount of weight.

Work

I love my job.  I love the people I work with everyday.  My goal at work has always been to be a “go to” guy for technical problems and advice.  I enjoy mentoring and discussion problems/solutions with other people.

This year, I’d like to start doing a little bit of freelance work outside of my day job.  Even if it’s a simple website, or a larger application, I’d like to take on some side projects.  While money does play into this goal, mostly I'd like to do it for the experience.  Unique problems require unique solutions, and I love developing unique solutions.

Community

HRNUG is doing great, and I’ve already outlined my goals for HRNUG in 2010.  Last year, I spoke at several code camps.  This year, I’m planning on speaking at all regional code camps and user groups.  I already have 8 confirmed speaking engagements for 2010, and that’s just user groups.  I haven’t yet submitted to any code camps.  I’m aiming to submit to some larger conferences, such as Codestock and DevLink.  I’m even going to try submitting to Tech Ed 2010 (although I’m not holding my breath).

I know 2010 is going to be a great year, and I’m ready to kick things off the right way!  What are your goals for 2010?  We can help each other reach those goals!

-Kevin

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