Litl Team, post Max Award victory

Yeah, so the year this blog saw was kind of a bust. Sorry about that. I could honestly say I have been beyond busy with work and my personal life, but that’s kind of a cop out, no matter how true. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and talking with folks I really respect, and I’ve made some decisions. Without going into a ton of detail, I’ve been making an effort to define my brand identity; a process which will continue for at least the foreseeable future. Why? Well, a couple of reasons.

I want to be true to myself. This is really the main reason for me to define my brand. I got where I am today because of Flash, but Flash is only a small fraction of my interests, and to be honest, it’s not at the top. I still love the community, and the platform’s technology, but I don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a “flash guy.” My interests lie in a myriad of design and development disciplines, the prior of which coming the most naturally. You can see the beginnings of this in my first post on UX Magazine. Side note: the (short) bio I wrote for my UXMag author profile is my most accurate to date.

I want to expand my horizons I started out using Illustrator and Photoshop to make UIs and art. Eventually, that turned into HTML, and then later, into Flash out of a desire to avoid cross-browser compatibly issues and because it paid the bills. However, I’m revisiting the world of web design; specifically, HTML5, jQuery, and CSS3. These are powerful technologies that I’ve studied enough to get a feel for their power and usefulness, but never been able to dedicate any real time to. That’s already under way.

I want to contribute more I’m known for contributing a lot of bugs and feature requests, and sharing the occasional tip or two on Twitter, but I need to give back more. I have a few ideas that are in-progress that I hope to make public next year. We’ll see how that goes.

It’s just time for a change. I need something different, and to be excited about things again. Point number 1 above is enough to do that. Being true to myself and the things I love is a much needed and rewarding change. Also, it’s no secret that I’ve not been happy with Media Temple or Wordpress. Almost everyone I know has had great experiences with both services, but I have had one incident after another, and am frankly over the amount of overhead it takes to manage Wordpress. I would rather spend time posting content, not maintaining my servers and software. Expect some down time while I move my site to Rackspace and a new blog engine.

With that out of the way, 2010 has been a phenomenal year. I got to join a great company and work with incredibly smart, humble, people, spoke at some of the most awesome conferences around, and met a ton of talented and genuine people. I have big plans for 2011, but I’m not going to make the mistake of over-promising again. I want to prove it by doing, not by saying. That said, I think you’ll be really surprised. Have a Happy New Year everyone!