I faced some challenges and made mistakes along the way, but that is why I’m doing this. One big mistake I made was trying to keep this blog going during a time of personal crisis, and I ended up responding poorly to someone who challenged my thinking – and wanted to understand the sources of my research. In looking back, I’m quite surprised at how reduced my mental facilities were during this period.
I did manage to get back into the swing of things, although I’ve had some additional pressure of maintaining my own property and my parent’s property along with my wife and I coordinating the building of an in-law apartment for my mother to live in at our house. (My father passed away in June – the personal crisis.)
I continue to write a monthly article for a local newspaper, writing about people in the Portland, Maine area. I don’t get paid for this, but I view it as more of a community service activity that gives deserving people their fifteen minutes of fame. And I get to meet interesting people that I otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to meet!
In addition, I published two magazine articles on agile development in 2010, and my goal is to at double the number of published magazine articles during 2011 (while maintain twice-per-week blog posts). And yes, my day job has been full of activity as well… Needless to say, it’s been a challenging year!
I took a quick inventory of the business and computer-related books that I read this past year, and included them below. I’ve tried to post a couple of book reviews per month, but there are still plenty of books that I read but didn’t review on this blog. I’ll try and catch up…
Dave Moran’s 2010 Reading List (in no particular order):
I wish everyone a Happy New Year!