2013 in review and 2014 goals

January 01, 2014

2013 was a pretty good year. Here are some things I did:

  • Started blogging
  • Experienced the death of a startup and saw the birth of a new one
  • Interviewed a bunch of companies and got a new job
  • Learned all sorts of new languages and frameworks: Ruby, Scala, Node.js, Angular.js, d3.js
  • Learned about a variety of topics, including financial markets, cryptography, and macroeconomics
  • Completed a Coursera class
  • Made the front page of Hacker News by being dumb
  • Made my first open source contribution
  • Started doing freelance work
  • Bought some bitcoin and dogecoin (wow)
  • Went to 5 concerts

Goals for 2014

  • Finish side projects. I have way too many side projects where I work on intensely for a few days and then stop.
  • Do more open source work. Contribute to bigger projects.
  • Write more blog posts. I'm at 1-2 per month now, and want to increase this to 4.
  • Hit 50k pageviews for the year. In 2013 I was just under 10k, but I started in May.
  • Attend a Python conference. I've been to meetups but no big ones yet.
  • Read a book a month. I read maybe 5 books in 2013.
  • Learn some new things. Complete 2 more Coursera classes.

These are all realistic goals and I'm hoping to complete all of them. Have a good 2014 everyone.

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