I’ve never been a big celebrator of the New Year – a reset of our planetary lap timer – as having any particular meaning. I reset my life, goals, directions, and attitude whenever it seems time. But 2009 was a completely crazy year for me in nearly every possible sense.
I rode the Light Rail with no pants on, leading to the formation of ImprovAZ. I posed as a coroner, welcomed back strangers at the airport, and dressed in spandex and a skull mask in broad daylight. I left my job at Intel at the height of a recession, started to launch my own venture, then left-turned into joining a digital marketing firm. Ignite Phoenix went from 140 people to nearly 600, with the last one including a band, a radio station, and a t-shirt firing robot. I started chairing the Phoenix Social Media Club. I helped found the non-profit Phoenix Innovation Foundation to support local events. I attended a mountain of great local events, and a most excellent SXSW for the first time. I was featured on the cover of the Phoenix New Times. I met so many great and interesting people that I think I could have a full time job just trying to have coffee with them all.
I also received quite an education about social media, the Phoenix community, and most importantly about myself.
During much of all this there were interesting conversations that flew about on blogs and Twitter, but I became less involved as the year wore on. Partly was for lack of time, and partly was due to the nature of some of the conversations. Hindsight being what it is, in some cases I think I made the right call, but others I’m not so sure. Sitting here now, there are some things I want to say. Nothing profound, nothing earth shattering, just things I want to clear out of my noggin’ for my own year end restart.
I’ll likely start here, then kick some topics over to Improv Media as I get going. Hopefully it won’t be too much navel-gazing, and hopefully it will help me get back into a regular writing cadence. We shall see.
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As always, comments and thoughts are welcome.