Woah, 2017 flew by. I may not have achieved everything on my New Year's Resolutions list from last year, but it did help me focus some of my efforts and I'm glad I put the list together.
To start off 2018, let's revisit see what (if anything) got completed and set a new list for a new year.
2017, With Hindsight
- One blog post a month. The only month I didn't do a post was February, but otherwise I'm happy with the frequency of posts.
- Take lunch breaks. I didn't exactly go outside… or eat, but I did force myself to at least switch to doing personal stuff (normally PowerShell) during my lunch hour. I consider that progress.
- See if any locals are interested in a PSUG. I didn't do much on this actively, though it is a fairly small IT community locally and the percentage of that community interested in PowerShell probably isn't actually that large. I did start attending virtual user group meetings, which has been awesome!
- Submit session (or two) for consideration at the 2018 PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit. I ended up submitting two session proposals for consideration and one, "Whip Your Scripts into Shape: Optimizing PowerShell for Speed", was accepted! Let this be an example putting your ideas forward being worth it.
- Provide regular updates to BurntToast. What was I thinking? One minor update a month? Yeah, that didn't happen. 2017 saw four updates being released which were downloaded over 6,000 times.
- Start streaming again. I took the plunge in November and started streaming PowerShell content on YouTube and have been having a lot of fun with it. If you're at all interested, please do check out my channel.
- Learn DSC and Pester. Work bought the DSC and Pester books on LeanPub, which I've started reading. I didn't do any actual work with DSC last year, but I did make an effort to start writing Pester tests for my various scripts at work.
New Year, New Resolutions. The 2018 List
- Two blog posts every month. I've started building momentum and I have a growing list of ideas, why not aim for more posts?
- Speak at PSUG. I imagine this would end up being a virtual thing, but if the opportunity to present in person came up, I certainly wouldn't say no.
- Do a community lightning demo at the PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit. I'm already attending and speaking at the summit, why not take the opportunity to show off BurntToast in action while I'm there?
- Find, and stick to, a streaming schedule. This will help make the streaming thing a habit and help viewers know when they can expect me to be online. Both good things.
- Configure a (production) server with DSC. It's one thing to learn about it, let's aim to actually use it!