My year in review

You never know where you’re going to end up in 12 months.  This time last year I was writing down resolutions for myself about things I wanted to accomplish at my job over the course of 2011.  I accomplished almost none of them.  In fact, I wouldn’t even be working at the same place a scant 4 months later.

I’m not one to publicly list what was on my resolutions list, but I will tell you what wasn’t on it:

  • Get hired by the company that makes the most popular (and my favorite) Linux Desktop
  • Work from home, every day, with people all over the globe
  • Fly to Budapest, Hungary for a week
  • Hang out and work with a couple hundred of the smartest, coolest people I know

And I most certainly didn’t have:

  • Transition from a web developer to a very public, community facing role

To say that 2011 has been an exciting year for me would be an understatement in the extreme.  And yet 2012 promises to be even more exciting, as I transition from a heads-down software developer to a far more public and people facing role as the Upstream Liason for Canonical and Ubuntu.  I’ve spent the last month subscribing to upstream mailing lists, IRC channels and blog feeds, so I can keep track of what is going on in the Ubuntu and upstream communities.  I’m really looking forward to having an increased focus on the community side of Ubuntu, the new types of challenges I will face, and the people I will meet and get to know over the course of the next year.

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