Ruminations on the year past

For each year that Thatedeguy has been around I’ve done a goals post and a predictions post for the coming year.  Since I only began in August of 2005, there really wasn’t much for that before 2005.  So, last year I didn’t get to do a reflection on where each of those went.  So, now I can.

If you’re curious, you can read the original posts, I’ll link them at the top of the list.

Ambitions for 2006

  • Quit Smoking.  Well, I struggled with it for most of the year and it became a little more important with the coming of Connor.  I haven’t bought a pack in several weeks and have only had about 3 in that time.  It’s not quit, but it is quitting.
  • More posts.  Well.  No advancement on that front really.
  • More Links.  I asked for 50-60 and as of right now, technorati is reporting 214!!!  I’d say I blew this one out of the water.
  • Increase Traffic.  Nope.  Same ol’, Same ol’.  That is in part due to the addition of two blogs in 2006 to my fledgling one man network.
  • Increase revenue.  Again, a goal that I blew out of the water.  I certainly haven’t made myself rich, but I went from not expecting a check from adsense to getting two in 2006.  Not bad.
  • Venture.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  Well, my ventures went kerplunk.  Well, except for DOTM which really hasn’t gone anywhere at all.

Predictions for 2006

  • Google. I got the one major purchase bit right, just not the who.(YouTube)  I also failed on the stock drop prediction.  It’s actually stayed pretty steady throughout the year.
  • Microsoft.  They’ve become a little more proactive in the new web, but really not as much as I expected.  There won’t be any chance for them to leak any products after the office and vista releases as they got pushed back to 2007.
  • Apple.  I think I nailed this one.  The iPod is still the biggest thing going and the Intel switch didn’t do much at all.  A slight up tick directly afterwards and then back to normal.
  • Generalizations. Nailed and nailed.  The blogosphere did indeed slow down in the third quarter and the web 2.0 wave has slowed considerably.  At least with companies making big splashes.

Overall, 2006 was a pretty good year.  I’m hoping for a better year in 2007, but 2006 wasn’t all bad.

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Shane Ede is an IT guy by day and a Entrepreneurial Blogger by night. You can follow him here on Thatedeguy or over on Twitter and Google+.