In the later part of every year, I like to regroup my workflows and online presence, this gives me a chance to reflect upon any changes that I think are needed or may make things better for the next year.
A few thoughts have been crossing my brain so far, and this is my little checklist of thoughts to complete. I am sharing them in the hope that they might provide you a way to approach doing the same. It is all too easy to forget all the things we did throughout the year that maybe need to be revised.
Dedicated Content and General Posting
This I admit is a convenience move on my part, firstly it reduces the amount of domain management I have to do. There are times that it gets easy to loose track of what content goes where and the thought of ‘Did I post that?’
Having my non-dedicated sites in one location will help, I tend to think of my general posts as long form tweets. Whilst things like my Swift content is better served being wrapped under my CompileSwift site, that does not mean you won’t find them mentioned here, but it does give one solid home for those that are only interested in that stuff.
Pick and choose the right projects for next year
Like many of us I’m sure, I have a lot of projects in many different states. Whilst I am happy that I’m managing them correctly thanks to the workflows I have put together over time, I do feel that a couple should move to the ‘some day maybe’ list rather than occupying time on my creative calendar right now.
Do more Podcasting
If there is one thing I feel I have really embraced this year and discovered a real love for, it’s creating Podcasts.
I am most certainly not the best writer, and I find that I can spin my thoughts and discussion topics into Podcast episodes a lot quicker and a lot more precisely than I can when I struggle through writing some down.
I have no intention of slowing the blogging, but I will be choosing the best medium for the topic.
For example, I have been overwhelmed by the success of my CompileSwift Podcast that talks about Apple’s Swift programming language. It started as an idea, and then gained more traction than I expect in such a short time.
I also love making the Geezers Who Game and Code Podcast with my good friend Newms. Being a hugely long time game player, it is greatly entertaining to sit and discuss it with another avid gamer.
Make More Videos and Tutorials
Making video tutorials is another passion of mine, I love to share what I learn as a way to give back to communities that have helped my career grow to what it is today.
I have a game plan to make videos on a more consistent basis and get them out there. This year I learned that creating a series, or almost mini-course has proven popular with viewers.
Return to a Passion that started it All
There is one thing that I have neglected terribly this year. My photography has suffered a lot this year due to time constraints and bad planning on my part.
I have been a die hard photographer both amateur and professional since my teenage years (yeah we used film and liquids back then). This year, I think I have taken less photographs than any other year and there really is no excuse.
My goal is to return to this passion and rededicate myself to creating new works and re-entering the communities that I was such an active participant in.
If you are interested, you can find my Photography at http://peterwitham.me/photography
So this is my initial thoughts for the next few months of planning. Fingers crossed!