There are about three ways you can go with a post like this:
- Talk about your accomplishments, and wait for “good job” comments.
- Talk about trends and wait for “here’s where you’re wrong” comments.
- Talk about gratitude and wait for “you, too” comments.
I’ll do all three, only I don’t want comments. I’ve shut them off. Instead, I want you to end 2010 in your own way, and I will read yours when I see them. (I watch trackbacks very closely.)
- I met more of you. Thousands more. And that matters most.
- I visited Colombia and loved it.
- Julien and I won a “book of the year” award for Trust Agents.
- I hung out with Hanes at Disney World and met the Social Media Moms, too, and fell in love with Maxine Clark.
- I had lunch with Tom Peters, a hero of mine, and keynoted the same event with him.
- I spent time with Bodger and Scott Gould in the moors of Devon.
- I spoke at over 70 conferences and events (honoring my promise to cut back from 2009).
- I had one of the best vacations of my life with friends out at the lake. (Whatever.)
- I fell in love with Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Memphis, Detroit, Doncaster, and several other places.
- I spoke in Vegas way more than previous years (CES, Magic, etc, etc).
- I launched HBW with Rob Hatch.
Trends for 2011
- Social business begins for real.
- More mobile – more tablets.
- Cloud computing gets real.
- Social media’s fire cools a bit.
- eBooks and digital goods flourish. Get in now.
You’re why I do this. There are lots of other ways to earn a few bucks and keep the family fed. But the way I’ve chosen to do my thing is by connecting as much as I can, by sharing as much of what I learn and understand as I can. 2010 taught me that I had to get even more serious about understanding scale. I’ve partnered with many great people. With Estrella Rosenberg running 501 Mission Place, and Joe Sorge running Kitchen Table Companies, with my partners at CrossTech Ventures running operations there, I’m able to help more people in varied ways than ever before, and that gives me even more to be thankful for.
To finish, be sure to remember those who need us. Give to Skip1 and feed hungry kids. Watch Invisible People and realize that homelessness isn’t going down any time soon. And hug the ones you’re with.
I’ll see you tomorrow.