As we close out 2009 and prepare to move into 2010, I wanted to end the year with a bit of reflection on the past twelve months. It has been a tough year for most people, and a year of reinvention and innovation for me.
From a technology standpoint, this has been an interesting time. For me, 2009, started with an initial foray into WordPress, leading to this blog, and 2009 has ended with an upgrade of my primary computer to Windows 7, an interesting and exciting migration. Apple TV has gotten iTunes and online media content off my computer and into my living room.
My iPhone has allowed me to become ultra-mobile, and the new and useful apps just keep coming. Add to that my Amazon Kindle e-book reader, along with my regular laptop computer, and I have a movable feast – the ability to read, write and create anywhere, anytime.
And the mobility has served me well – I’ve gained several new customers and, with that, the necessity of additional travel. In this tough economic environment, it is a privilege to be able to forge new customer relationships and develop new business, and despite the added strain of heavy travel, I’m thankful for the opportunities.
I’d like to send a warm thank you to my readers! I’ve received many helpful comments and constructive feedback on this blog during the past year, and for those of you who check back here regularly, thank you for taking the time to do so! I really appreciate that, with all the myriad information available on the web, you choose to read my ramblings. I promise to work hard in 2010 to focus a bit more to provide consistent and useful information.
And last but not least, I’m thankful for my wonderful family – my wife Carol, our children, and our grandchildren! We have grown this year in both closeness and in number, and our family has been and remains the foundation of my existence, the wellspring of my inner joy, and my safe port in the storm. I thank you for putting up with me!
Who knows what new experiences 2010 will bring? We are about to find out. Meanwhile, I wish you all a safe and prosperous New Year.
Michael, you have been a pillar of strength and inspiration to us, throughout 2008 and 2009! From the fun NAPP Photoshop Battles, to your compassionate posts on NAPP, FaceBook and Twitter, you have shown what a creative and caring heart you have..wishing/praying that you have a fun and successful 2010!
Joe (& Heidi)