Indulge me. I’ve already posted two Top 10 of 2008 lists, so I promise this is my last standard end-of-year/start-of-new-year post.
Last January, I set some goals for myself. Let’s see how I did!
1. Rock harder
I definitely managed to do this. More conferences, more fun, more travel, more rock shows, and I had an asteroid named after me. Plus I got guitar pick earrings for Christmas, so I am now pre I hit all my (more minor, but still important) goals:
2. Getting the Skepchick & Skepdude calendars out
Check! This was all about the amazing, gorgeous AB Kovaks, without whom we wouldn’t have done jack. Thanks, A!
3. New site layout
Check! After three failed redesigns offered by designers offering pro bono services, I finally just did it myself and nearly a year later, I’m still happy with it. I’ll be tweaking things of course, but overall it fits us quite well.
4. More blog updates, contests, prizes, snark
Check! These were all thanks to my awesome co-writers, most of whom were added this year. Elyse and Jill took over contests, Amanda and Jen began posting daily link dumps in the form of the Quickies, and everyone chipped in with copious amounts of snarkiness. You ladies rocked out loud this year.
5. The radio show
Half-a-check. Maybe a quarter. I didn’t get funding from the CPB, but we started doing Skepchick podcasts, which now have about 4,000 subscribers. So I’m making up for it!
6. The Skeptics’ Guide podcast
Check! I wanted to keep it up every week, and I did. It’s still fun. Score!
7. Gatherings of Various Sorts
Check! TAM5.5 was a blast, TAM6 was a nonstop party, and best of all, I did in fact manage to set up a monthly Skeptics in the Pub here in Boston, which is continuing in 2009.
Overall, that’s a damned good showing, I think. Now for some predictions and hopes for 2009:
1. Rock EVEN HARDER THAN BEFORE
This shall include figurative and literal rocking, encompassing the following list of action items:
- Learn to play the piano
- Learn to play the keytar
- Buy a keytar in a really rad color, like fluorescent zebra stripes
- Deliver a few highly entertaining talks
- Book more great guests for Boston Skeptics in the Pub
- Produce more quality Skepchick podcasts
- Learn to do a handstand
- Record some video blogs
- Reach 2,000 Twitter friends so we can all have a pizza party
- Clean my apartment
- Write a song for the keytar
- Perform my song on my keytar at The Amaz!ng Meeting
- Befriend a chemist
That’s what I’ve got so far, but I’ll be adding to the list, for sure. Leave your suggestions for how I can rock harder in the new year, including how I can make Skepchick better.
And happy new year, everyone!