I think getting rid of so many distractions was the right thing for you to do last year. It helped you focus on what was important at the moment. 2010 will be much better.
Good to see you enthused for 2010 Jonathan, good luck. I've surprised myself with a similar feeling, lets hope it keeps up.
Jonathan, I know how hard it is to manage everything.. even now that I have a todo list, it never seems to shrink even if I finish something. I guess that's something that has to be expected when one is very creative.. Either way, I look forward to more awesome content (from the both of us, heh) in the coming year!
Hi Jon. Long time reader, not often enough commenter...
I feel where your coming from on 2009. So many little personal things that got set aside for whatever reason. I too am looking forward to 2010. I think it's going to be a great year for the web community in general, so I hope that fortune smiles on you.
Thanks also for the mention to Project 52. I'm surprised I didn't see your name on it, to be honest. Writing 1 post a week for a year should be within your grasp, easily.
And a podcast? You know my thoughts on that already.
Hi John, a very interesting post. I hope that 2010 is a great year for you.
It's reassuring to know that there are so many respected individuals who have similar issues. Tearing down and building back up is a great approach; good luck! I'm sure we'll continue to see great things from you. Happy New Year!
Your post echoes a lot of my own thoughts about this year and what I want to achieve. I've mentally comitted myself to focusing on a couple of my pet projects seriously this year as I've neglected them for far too long, and get more into writing some blog-based content.
WOOT! I"m so glad to hear that, man. You're one of the first developers I started following when I went freelance. Good luck!
Good to see you back in the swing of things, John. I look forward to following your adventures through 2010.
A couple years ago, you were one of the main reasons I regained inspiration in this industry - and I could never thank you enough. I hope that you find (or by the sounds of it - you already may have) something that reinvigorates your enthusiasm as well! Good luck & best wishes in the New Year.
Ha, funny to see you're also sceptical about Project52. I've just looked at it today, and although we're two people writing for CwS, I did the "maths of pessimistic averages" and realized it's just not going to work through the entire year.
I'll give the formula a shot, but I'll spare myself the public humiliation (most likely starting in week 2).
fantastic and timely post. makes going to work a little easier today. thank you.
Yes, you were quite great at Fronteers.
Its funny how, when reading through this post and through some of your others over the year last year, I feel a similar feeling for web and my personal life in general.
My lack of blogging, or a blog, to be perfectly honest, have made me realise that not having an outlet for all my frustrations and accomplishments, both personal and with web work, have made life and the curve balls I have been thrown a lot harder to grasp.
Seeing it all laid out here makes me want to try harder at both getting back my inspiration for web development as well as getting back to blogging.
Keep doing what you do Jon, keep inspiring others to keep trying. I know you inspire me.
Dude, it'll come back...
I always find it to be true that getting myself back will bring me back all the things I love.
2009 hit pretty hard everywhere but now it's over.
I love your articles, especially those on cake and jquery and I'm looking forward to a fresh year on the web.
So best wishes for 2010 and may it be a great one!
Snook, you are the man. Keep doing what you do and we will keep loving you for it. I hope that this year will be even more productive for you(although during your unproductive year you probably accomplished more than most people do).
Good luck and happy 2010.
I feel I learned a lot this past year, but it was also the year that made me realize I'm not where I want to be. Snook, you help others through what you do, I know I've learned quite a bit from you. If this is what you love doing you will only succeed.
Best of luck, Happy 2010.
2009 wasn't the best year for me as well. I'm a big fan of this redesign and have no doubt 2010 will be much better for you. I'm thinking about bringing back a mintpages type private design/dev forum in the coming weeks as I realized I've greatly missed a true tight knit community of creative individuals. I'll hopefully be shooting you an invite soon.
I'd be excited to see some of your personal projects take flight before the end of the year, especially the CMS (Textpattern just isn't cutting it for me anymore).
It was awesome getting to meet you at the jQuery conference in Boston (I'm the guy who you kept beating at that Tetris-y game on the Microsoft Surface). Good luck in 2010!
Thank you for sharing this post! Renewal is always a good thing - best wishes on your 2010 journey to new places!
It's great to hear that you will continue to share your web-knowledge with us. It was always a pleasure to read your articles in the past and I'm sure it will be in the future. I wish you all the best for 2010 and I wish us that we can read lots of interesting stuff in your blog.
I like reading your blog as it is very informative & didn't makes me bore, what makes your different from most of the blogger is your easy & persuasive way of communication.. keep sharing your thoughts. thanks
Good to hear your comments, I really enjoy your posts. Apart from your technical knowledge, I quite like your style of writing as well. You have added me as one of your blog's readers in 2009. Wish you the best for 2010.
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