2009 has not been a banner year. The economy really impacted my business, as it has so many. Among other things, the competition for projects got quite fierce. When full-service agencies slash their fees to the bone, it is pretty hard for an independent to match it. And the projects that did come in tended to be smaller than in previous years.
Things seemed to pick up a little toward the end of the year, which makes me hopeful for 2010. I’m also always looking at all my options. If you’ve got something in which you think I might be interested, whether a project, long term assignment or full-time job, please never assume I am too busy or wouldn’t be interested. I am always interested. Always.
There were some highlights over the year:
- I have some wonderful clients, both long-term and recent, and am tremendously grateful for the confidence they have in my work. I just want more like them! And fewer deadbeats who never pay their bills.
- I am excited to be working on my first book, Professional Blogging for Dummies (Wiley, Summer 2010).
- The community response to the Blog with Integrity initiative made me proud — once again — to be a blogger. We’ve got some exciting plans for next year, so stay tuned.
- The trip to Africa with my mom and brother was the experience of a lifetime. Full reports on my travel blog and a dedicated site set up by my brother MashatuTiger.com
- I started writing about Digital Parenting for BlogHer’s Family Connections project.
But no lie, I am ready to kick 2009 to the curb and say hello to 2010. There’s a lot to look forward to. I’ve just started work on some challenging new client projects and as I mentioned above, we’ve got good stuff in the works for Blog with Integrity. And of course the book. I have to write a chapter a week every week until mid-March. Doesn’t sound like much until you start to do it, and then it’s a bit like having a term paper due every week. Worth it in the end though.
I’m also honored to have been invited to speak at a number of conferences over the next few months, starting with the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas. Here’s the schedule, through April 2010.
CES, Las Vegas, January 8, 2010 —
- MommyTech Summit – Mommy Power 101 panel. Moderated by Beth Blecherman of TechMamas.com, the panel will talk about how technology advancements have empowered moms and changed our lives.
- Help, My Mom Friended Me on Facebook, part of Kodak’s in-booth television studio. Session will stream live over the Internet (January 8, 11 am PST). The panel, which also includes Jill Zarin from Real Housewives of NYC, will be talking digital parenting and the impact of technology on our children and our families.
BlissDom ’10, Nashville, February 4-6, 2010 —
- Social Media & the Women Who Love It. Advanced Social Media Workshop (Feb. 4, 2010)
- You Should Know Better: A Blogger’s Guide to Legal, Accounting and FTC Guidelines. Session. (Feb. 5, 2010)
ETC 2010, Providence, Rhode Island, February 6, 2010 —
- Navigating Social Media: A Hands-on Approach. Workshop.
Mom 2.0 Summit, Houston, February 18-20, 2010 —
- Got Strategy? session (Feb. 19, 2010)
BlogPaws, Columbus, Ohio, April 9-10, 2010 —
- Gulp! The FTC? What the New Guidelines Mean for You (April 10, 2010)
New Comm Forum, San Mateo, California, April 20-23, 2010 —
- Introduction to Social Media for Business. Pre-conference workshop. April 20, 2010
- Social CRM Stories: Case Studies, Challenges & Emerging Best Practices. Moderator. April 22, 2010
- Disclosure: It’s Not Just for Bloggers. Impact of the new FTC guidelines on corporate social media programs. April 23, 2010
If you have a moment over the next few days, please take my blogger survey about marketing pitches and Facebook contests. Only 10 questions! Results will be reported here and on the Blog with Integrity Facebook page early next week.
I’d like to end the year with the lyrics from Louis Jordan’s holiday classic May Every Day Be Christmas (listen to it on Last.fm). Sums up my wish for all of us in the coming year:
May every day be Christmas
And every day be blessed
Let the end of every day be filled with happiness
And may the Lord be good to you with every rising sun
All through the day have a smile for everyone
[repeats] At night time comes a longing to be with ones you love
To sit around the fireside and dream of stars above
So may God bless you and keep you, come what may
Then every day will be a happy day [end repeat]
May good times come to you every day.