Aims for the next 12 months

Dafydd Vaughan on 11 January 2009

In typical fashion, I’m over a week behind in this obligatory post marking the start of the new year. In fairness, I had the notes written on New Year’s eve, but for one reason or another, didn’t actually write it up until today.

So, here we are, a brand new year. What have I got planned for the next 12 months?

My first big aim is to complete a number of personal projects that have been pretty much on hold for the last 6 months. The most important of which is a completely revamped Govilon village website. By the end of February I intend to launch a redesigned site, complete with updated content, improved functionality for the history site, and a new community blog. We’ve hopefully got a few influential people in the village lined up to contribute to a news-style blog about things happening in the village.

My second aim is to blog more regularly. I’ve set myself a target of at least one entry a week this year. These entries are not going to be your typical ‘this is what I’ve been up to’ posts, but more focused towards web design and development. Coincidentially, it turns out that a few of my friends (Tobeon, Shepherdnick, Jonhurlock, saya) and my brother have also settled on the same resolution.

Another resolution is to be more active in the web design / development community. Part of this will be achieved through more regular blogging and better use of twitter. However I also intend to start attending industry events such as the Future of Web Apps in Dublin & Future of Web Design in London conferences this year. I’ll also be going along to a number of events run by Cardiff Web Scene.

My other resolutions revolve around my work life balance. I’m hoping to begin working from home at least one day a week, which should give me some more free time. I’m also going to force myself to make better use of my gym membership over the next year.

So, there we go. New resolutions for a new year, lets hope I can stick to them!

Normal service should resume this week with the first of my blog-a-week articles.

5 comments on “Aims for the next 12 months

  1. Welcome to the competition! :D I am looking forward to reading regular posts here, as you mentioned you always seem to post interesting meaningful things (rather than my life blurb).

    PS that’s a great photo

  2. Hi!

    Just to let you know that there are people out here who do actually use the Govilon website you helped develop! I lived in the village, ’64-7 and had occasion to go back recently as an elderly relative, now living in Abergavenny was taken ill, so I took the opportunity to wallow in nostalgia and walk around the village. The information boards were great and informative, and the book I got from the village shop was wonderful. I have been checking back regularly as I have been visiting Aber regularly, and had wondered why the list of walks (which I would like to go on) hadn’t been updated. Now I know I shall be keeping on eye out for the next one. I’m also doing my family tree, so the census pages, grave inscriptions etc. have been really useful. Good luck with the updating.

    Lynne

  3. Hi Lynne,

    Thank you very much for your comment. I’m glad to hear that you found the Govilon website useful. We’re doing alot of work behind the scenes on the new website and hope to start relaunching it shortly. The new history site will have digital census records from 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 and 1891. There will also be a database of photos of the village (from our village photo book) and updated walk guides. The new visitor & community site will be brought up-to date and include a new community blog with contributions from our local county councilor – Christine Walby. I’ll let you know when we’re ready to put everything live!

    As for the walks, we currently have one planned for this year, but are aiming for another two by the end of the summer. The first walk will take place on Saturday 28th February between 2 and 4 pm as part of the Crickhowell Walking Festival. You can find out more about this walk on their website – http://www.crickhowellfestival.com/2009/site/walk-programme/saturday-28th-february/. I believe that the walk will be based on our “Green Trail” which covers the Forge & the Railway (http://history.govilon.com/trail/green).

    I hope to see you there!

    Dafydd

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