A year ago, I felt scattered. I wanted to focus in 2011, and I think, as a full-time employee of my own business with clearer goals and objectives, I have accomplished that.
As detailed below, I feel very proud of the success I had in meeting my professional resolutions for the year. So, it’s important to me that I do so again, which I also did below.
In them, I’d say the theme for my 2012 is RISK.
It’s time to risk fast or succeed for me professionally. I want to be more aggressive in business and outreach, now with a more stable company and clearer focus.
I’ll set goals to do so, but it’s also worth reviewing what has been a wonderful year. Here are some professional milestones not included in my planned resolutions below:
- January 2011: Launching Technically Media, a consultancy that publishes Technically Philly and launched that month a new blog strategy for the National Constitution Center.
- February 2011: Philadelphia magazine covered a multimillion dollar journalism effort at Temple Unuiversity and referenced that we at Technically Philly helped conceive of its structure. (I offered other strategy around the effort and wrote about a similar effort.)
- March 2011: I helped develop the strategy around OpenDataPhilly.org, an open data catalog built by Azavea and unveiled in April during Philly Tech Week.
- April 2011: I was invited to attend the Hardly.Strictly.Young conference on news innovation at the University of Missouri.
- April 2011: Addressing Philadelphia City Council, regarding Philly Tech Week.
- May 2011: NBC 10 listed me as among 20 locals who are worth following on Twitter.
- June 2011: I was invited to attend an intimate Aspen Institute roundtable on news innovation.
- July 2011: I spoke about technology issues on local NPR affiliate WHYY several times, like here, here, here and here.
- August 2011: Alumni magazine or not, I had my first glossy print feature published in the Temple Review.
- September 2011: With the generous support of the Center for Public Interest Journalism, I attended the national Online News Association conference in Boston.
- October 2011: I released a particularly large piece of journalism around a bottlenecked city data set.
- November 2011: Yes, I finally got a smart phone.
Below, see my 2012 resolutions and a review of how I did with my 2011 goals too.
MY 2012 PROFESSIONAL RESOLUTIONS
- JANUARY: Hire a full-time employee — We have continued to grow Technically Philly, and I am looking forward to announcing our first reporter hire.
- FEBRUARY: Post here at least weekly — I want to continue developing thought and sharing my work here, ideally finding other like-minded individuals to grow something of an audience.
- MARCH: Speak more precisely — I’ve worked at this for years, but particularly having listened to dozens of recorded interviews this year, I want to strive to speak more precisely, ask and answer questions more succinctly and, as always, talk more slowly, particularly during source interviews.
- APRIL: Social entrepreneurship — In an effort to grow the discussion around a Philadelphia regional distinction for entrepreneurship, I want to move the dialogue forward, including perhaps an Inquirer op-ed, an event series, and other ways to grow dialogue.
- MAY: Impact local journalism community — Either attacking the new for bigger audience or better connected practitioners.
- JUNE: Expand to a new market – It’s time to try risking in another place, and this will coincide with a new redesign and new branding for Technically Philly (and its network), in addition to a face-lift for Technically Media.
- JULY: Regularly volunteer – I want to get involved in more service.
- AUGUST: ONA national — Move forward the conversation to bring a national Online News Association conference to Philadelphia by 2014.
- SEPTEMBER: eBook — I plan to be involved in the release of an eBook of some kind. I have a few ideas scattered and moving slowly, so I’d like to make something happen by next fall.
- OCTOBER: Begin coding — Very crudely, I’m among the many who are going to dive in a bit on programming basics with Code Year.
- NOVEMBER: Profit — Consulting work and Technically Philly should be in the black (and beyond), no excuses, and early revenue for our expanded market, through partnerships, events or otherwise.
- DECEMBER: Reflect and plan — As always, I want to dedicate some time to plan for a bigger impact the following year, including potential strategy for expanding Technically Philly.
REVIEW OF 2011 RESOLUTIONS
- JANUARY: Work full-time for myself — I am very proud to say I started 2011 as a full-time, salaried employee of my own business.
- FEBRUARY: Post here at least weekly — I posted nearly 200 times here this year, and I have increasingly focused on developing strong ideas and sharing work I’m proud of, including some particularly strong ones here.
- MARCH: Organize contacts — In preparation for my smartphone, I have continued to keep detailed contacts, which helps tremendously for sources and business outreach.
- APRIL: Complete big journalism project — First introduced in October 2010, I led a small grant project for hyperlocal news site NEast Philly on embattled former state Rep. John Perzel.
- MAY: Host major regional event — I helped lead the plans, strategy and implementation of the first ever Philly Tech Week and began plans for its second iteration next April.
- JUNE: Lead major grant project – I introduced last year Transparencity, a large-scale grant project focusing on growing the conversation and coverage of the city’s open data movement, including some journalism in which I took great pride.
- JULY: Regularly volunteer – I had a few starts and stops in the volunteering space, but I did take an interest in mentoring a couple younger students with whom I had previously built relationships.
- AUGUST: Have physical office space — I had expected that we at Technically Philly would need to get our own office space, but our relationship with Temple University has persisted, giving us great Center City office space.
- SEPTEMBER: Monthly multimedia skill use — In addition to experimenting a bit more with Story Shuffle, I have continued to take a lot of video for my work with NEast Philly and play otherwise with multimedia, particularly with my new smartphone.
- OCTOBER: Focus online presence — After a couple years of old WordPress.com sites, I deleted many and self-hosted though that mattered: including My Life to Do List, my senior thesis on the Philadelphia Republican Party and the writing I did while in Tokyo. I dumped some lame social media accounts and put greater focus on building audience @Twitter.
- NOVEMBER: Business reorganization — For taxes and organization, I dedicated a filing cabinet drawer to my Technically Media business and focused our documentation.
- DECEMBER: Update my print portfolio — I added a few online clips to a binder I keep around of my journalism work.