2014 was both a difficult and a wonderful year. The year began in the middle of a chemotherapy cycle but I was still able to work about an 80% schedule (which I maintained until the fall).
I did a video interview with Troy Dean where I talk quite a bit about my work history and philosophy.
I attended the Pressnomics conference along with a number of colleagues.
In late January I put up a post about owning your online identity using the FavePersonal theme. Yes, it’s a little more work than outsourcing to Twitter or about.me, but it’s oh-so worth it.
In late 2013 I picked up a Panasonic Lumix GX7 camera. By January 2014, I was convinced I didn’t need my Canon SLR gear anymore. This was a great decision. I have two prime lenses with it, a 20mm f1.7 pancake as my primary and a 45mm f1.8 for portrait situations.
I got curious about smart watches and tried a Pebble.
Our pup is nearly 10 years old now. but still going strong.
In Febuary I signed the papers to officially sell Crowd Favorite to VeloMedia.
In March we took a family vacation to Palm Springs. We were joined there by my wife’s parents and her brother’s family.
While there I posted some thoughts on the rumored iPad Pro – I’m guessing we’ll find out in early 2015 if I guessed right.
I was also able to get in a bit of golf and a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
Later in March I put down in writing some ideas that had been percolating for a while about what makes new hires successful.
I also did another business-related video interview, this time for the Matt Report, where I talk more about my business philosophy.
April started with a trip to Portland for OwnerCamp.
After that, I embarked on a trip through the south. I was able to go to a practice round at Augusta National, play TPC Sawgrass, attend a family reunion, play a few courses on the Robert Trent Jones trail and cap it off with a weekend in New Orleans.
New Orleans was highlighted by my own parade.
I did an interview with Richard Banfield, one of the folks I was lucky to meet at OwnerCamp in both 2013 and 2014. Check out the video here.
In May I attended WordCamp Miami.
In June we did a little local camping trip.
In July my wife and I spent a very nice weekend in Colorado Springs. While we were there we learned a bit about deer and dogs.
In late July we headed up to Seattle to visit my family. While we were there I did a little nostalgic photo walk.
We also enjoyed playing Chamber’s Bay golf course (the site of the 2015 US Open).
At the end of August my daughter started Kindergarten.
In mid-September I had to take medical leave.
At the beginning of October I headed to Maine for Monktoberfest, plus a special weekend spending time with great friends.
Since then I’ve been dealing with a number of medical issues and haven’t been online as much. My posting here has fallen off quite a bit as a result.
We hosted Heather’s family for Thanksgiving this year.
And my family came to visit in December for a great Christmas. We hosted friends for New Year’s eve, with our traditional fondue goodness.
I’ve got a few personal and family projects planned for 2015 – hopefully I’ll be hard at work on those soon.
I’ve run the numbers for my site again this year (the code is available here). My posts are down about 20%, which accurately reflects me being offline a bit more than I was in previous years.
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You continue to be someone I am proud to have as a friend.
Thanks for the update Alex
Have a great 2015
I’ve known you since 2006 when I first played with WordPress. I just read your story in “About Me” page and glad to hear that you are doing great after so much troubles. I hope you have a great 2015!