A bunch of stuff happened in 2011.
- I quit graduate school
- I traveled a bit: WordCamp Phoenix, API Workshop at MITH, Jamaica, NC barbecue roadtrip, THATCamp
- I co-taught a class about WordPress in the graphic design program at Queens College
- I proved myself the 76th best crossword solver in the universe
- I taught an intro to philosophy class at my alma mater
- I started Project Reclaim
- I hit the top 3 on Hacker News with a post about CUNY, Blackboard, and the inspiration to develop free software
- I switched to a standing desk
- I co-wrote a successful grant application
- I shipped mountains of code.
- Finally, and most importantly, I became a father
Like 2010, 2011 was a year of transitions for me: in my relationship with academia, in the way I earn a living, in the way I present myself as a citizen-builder of the internet. Being a parent is the biggest transition of all, forcing me to put into perspective the ways I spend my energy and the ways in which I define myself and what has value to me. (This transition has been overwhelmingly a Good Thing.) Continuing to strive for the right balance in these areas will, I’m sure, be a hallmark of my 2012. (Thankfully, I have no plans to have a child or get married in 2012. A man needs a year off from major life events!)
Happy new year!
Not the right place for this, I know, so feel free to move it, delete it, or jump up and down on it and squash it into tiny pieces.
Just wanted to say “thank you” for (your part in) the BuddyPress Skeleton Component plugin. Not only has it been really helpful to me in setting up a fairly major part of a site, but also, it makes me chuckle every time I visit my ‘installed plugins’ page and see the author as “Dr Jan Itor”! :-]]
[-: Michael :-]
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