January 03, 2011

2010 Year in Review and 2011 Preview

It has been a little over two years since I did a "year in review" post, the last was completed in 2008.  I thought that it would be a good idea to start of 2011 with a review of the previous years and the items that I am proud of from the past year.  I'll then give an introduction into my plans for 2011 and the future of this blog.

As promised from previous non-tech blog postings, this has been tagged as an announcement for those of you only looking for true technical content.

2010 Key Accomplishments

2010 was yet another successful year on many fronts. Some of the key highlights I'll list below.

  • I was renewed for a second year as a C# MVP
  • Registered myself as a Community Speaker with INETA, speaking at 2 events in the next week as part of this program
  • Visual Studio 2010 Six-in-One was released, which I was co-author and creator of the book structure
  • I had the ability to work with a wide variety of customers on many high-profile projects both on the DotNetNuke and traditional ASP.NET projects.
  • I had the ability to travel new portions of the world and establish new friendships with people across the world.  Through this blog, my book, and other interactions with the community.

2010 Year In Numbers

Another way of looking at 2010 is to look at it in numbers, below are some key statistics for 2010.

  • MitchelSellers.com has 252,000 page views (Up 25% from 2009) *
  • MitchelSellers.com has 183,000 unique visitors (Up 30% from 2009) *
  • MitchelSellers.com was visited by users from 195 different countries/territories *
  • MitchelSellers.com was visited by users with 107 different default language settings *
  • MitchelSellers.com had 21 new blog posts in 2010
  • Free modules provided by my company were downloaded more than 20,000 times
  • I served as Tech Editor on three different books published in 2010
  • I gave 8 presentations at locations across the US

Overall, 2010 was a great year, but I have a lot more that I want to accomplish in 2011.

2011 Plans

Although 2010 was a fairly successful year I did have a number of unfortunate events that caused me to limit my contributions to the community.  Most importantly was the missed presentations at St. Louis Day of .NET due to a car accident/missed plane, and my missed presentations at the Chicago Day of .NET event due to a lack of voice from a really bad cold.  In 2011 I hope to be able to continue contributing to the community in any way possible, and to help with that I've set the following goals for the upcoming year.

Blogging on MitchelSellers.com/DotNetNuke.com

Admittedly in 2010 I trailed off on the blogging for the latter part of the year.  It wasn't due to a lack of content, but simply a lack of time to dedicate to the blog.  As such I'm setting a goal of blogging at least three unique blog posts per month, some of which may be cross-posted to DotNetNuke.com.

Community Module Development

In 2010 through my consulting business I have continued to offer a number of highly used modules for DotNetNuke site administrations that have been available for free from my Company Site.  Although I'm not going to commit to a specific number of releases, I am going to commit to improve all of the modules, ensuring they have the best performance, functionality, and usability within the DotNetNuke 5.x platform.  Look for continued releases over the coming months.  You can use the Module Updates newsletter subscription form to stay up to date on the current releases.

Community Speaking Engagements

In 2011 I am going to continue to contribute to the community by speaking at community events across the US and abroad.  As my contributions to the community I will continue to offer to cover all travel expenses for a limited number of speaking engagements each year.  If you are a user group leader and would like me to present to your group you can either use the Ineta link to the right of this posting, or e-mail me directly.

I have already scheduled two appearances in 2011, the first on Tuesday 1/4/2011 at the Dubuque .NET User Group on the topic of Silverlight development.  The second on 1/11/2011 at the Cedar Vally .NET User Group in Cedar Falls on the topic of LINQ.

Conclusion and Thank You

I think that this sets forth a good plan for the 2011 year and I am looking forward to all of the new experiences that this plan will grant me.  I have to thank all of the members of the community, the words of encouragement and thanks are what keep me dedicated to contributing to this great community.  If you have suggestions for blog postings, presentations, or general feedback if you have seen one of my presentations or been helped by one of my blog postings I'd welcome it greatly.

Thanks again and I look forward to a busy 2011!

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