Resolutions for 2012

It’s that time again. A time to reflect back on the past year, and nitpick all the things that bother you about yourself until you make yourself crazy. And then you resolve to change them. Instead of losing weight, getting out of debt, or any of the other most common resolutions, I thought I’d make a few New Year’s Resolutions for web design and development.

My New Year's Resolutions for 2012

Resolution #1 – Redesign this Site:

So yeah, this site. I don’t care for it. At all. In fact, when I’ve given my business card to other designers, I’ve actually said “Hey, don’t judge my site too harshly; I can do better.” Pathetic, right?

Well it’s time to put my money where my mouth is and do something better. Redesigning this site and adding some additional functionality is going to be one of my top priorities for the year.

Update: Phase one of the website update is complete. I feel a little better about things now, but I still have loads of work left to do.

Resolution #2 – Embrace Mobile Design

I’ve dragged my feet on getting a smart phone. It’s not because of some misguided sense of hipster elitism, or any wanton Luddite tendencies; it’s just that I’m too damn cheap to shell out every month for a data plan. In point of fact, I really want a small phone. A lot.

The trouble is that my wife and my big resolution for 2011 was to get a budget and stick with it. It was tough, but we did really well at it. Adding that additional cost in every month would have made that much more difficult, and we might not have hit out goals at the end of the year if we had.

And the thing is, I’m still going to be too cheap in 2012. But that’s not going to stop me from getting into mobile. With the availability of some pretty fantastic mobile device emulators, validators, and a slew of other helpful tools, I’m going to get my feet with with mobile design in 2012.

Resolution #3 – Blog More

The thing about blogging is that I enjoy doing it, but I’ve struggled with writing here. I’m not really sure why, but I’ve had a really difficult time coming up with posts for this site. But no more!

In 2012 you can expect to hear from me a lot more, and on a more diverse array of subjects. I’m going to blog about what I’m working on, things I’m learning, trends I’m excited about or annoyed with, and anything else I can think of.

Resolution # 4 – Be Personal, Have Fun

This one goes hand-in-hand with Resolution #3. Instead of being so stiff and boring, I need to inject a lot more personality into these posts. Because, let’s face it, this is going to get really boring if the whole site reads like stereo instructions.

Resolution # 5 – Get Better at Self-Promotion

I hate being sold and advertised to. It’s irritating and often invasive. Because of this, I’ve always been very guarded about promoting my interests and the things I’m working on. But lately I’ve discovered that I don’t hate being advertised to per se, I hate being advertised to obnoxiously. That’s a pretty major distinction.

So one of my big goals for 2012 is to learn how to self-promote without being obnoxious. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to go about that just yet, but I’ve seen it done plenty of times and I’m confident I can figure it out.

So that’s my list. Quite a few items on it, but nothing that isn’t attainable. Hopefully come December I can look back on this post and check off every item.

Or at least some of them.

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