It’s December 30th, and we’ve almost made it through another year. This one definitely flew by the fastest for me. It was a huge year! Here are some of the highlights, in chronological order:
- January 3 - First day as digital media coordinator for the Washington Capitals
- April 10 - Adopted Brody, our Greyhound/Black Lab mix
- June 18 – Got married to the most beautiful and wonderful woman in the world
- June 19 – 25 – Spend seven nights cruising the Caribbean with my new wife
- November 15 – Launch AlexBall.tv in an effort to provide and outlet for my thoughts, work, and to grow my personal brand
- December 12 – Turned 24 years old
In addition to those milestones above, I’ve had the opportunity to start blogging for two great websites (and looking to add more to the fold), work with some great designers and developers, truly dig into Bones – a framework by Eddie Machado and the starting point for all of my projects, and much more.
So what’s next?
I’m hoping 2012 has big things in store, both personally and professionally. First off, I want to buy a house with my wife. We need to get a yard for our dog, and I think we’ve got the means to make it happen. Just got a bit more saving to do.
Professionally, I’m looking to have a big year. Here’s to hoping that the Washington Capitals go on a tear in late April to June and bring home the Stanley Cup. I’m also looking forward to contributing even more to our marking department, and continuing to optimize and improve WashingtonCaps.com, as well as get our social media properties in the top 5 in the league.
On the freelance side of things, I want to keep blogging. Both on AlexBall.tv and on web design blogs such as Six Revisions and Onextrapixel. Writing for those sites helps me grow my brand, and keeps me learning (which is good for anyones work).
Additionally, I’m currently collaborating with several designers and developers to release premium WordPress themes on ThemeForest and SuperHug. I’m hoping that these sell well and can provide a steady stream of passive income.
Finally, I want to learn Objective-C and Xcode. My in-laws purchased an iPhone/iPad development course for me, which I’m about a quarter of the way through. I’d love to develop iPhone and iPad apps, and really get my hands dirty on the programming side of our world, in addition to the front-end development.
So that’s pretty much it, I think. 2011 has been a fantastic year for me and my family, and I’m hoping 2012 has much more in store for us.
Until next year, thanks for reading, and hope to see you around the web in ’12.