My development goals for 2016

2015 was a great year for me professionally. I felt that I really grew as a developer: especially with my WordPress hat on! It felt as though I’d been more focused and productive than any other year since I put down DSLR cameras and started down the career path of working with and building the Internets for a living at the start of 2010.

Not wanting to rest on my laurels, I’ve set myself ten goals for 2016 that I’m going to really bust a gut to try and hit before the end of the year:

  1. Have ten plugins listed in the plugin directory. I listed my first two plugins on New Year’s Day so I just need two more per quarter to hit this goal.
  2. Write and submit at least six code contributions for WordPress core. These contributions can be in the form of patches to resolve existing bugs/issues, or proposals to add brand new code. Ultimately, the goal is to successfully contribute at least one line of code to core in 2016!
  3. Have three themes listed in the theme directory: one for personal blogging, a theme for small businesses and another for non-profit organisations.
  4. Write and deliver four brand new talks: with one of them being a non-technical talk.
  5. Speak at two more WordCamps in the UK that I haven’t spoken at before.
  6. Apply to speak at WordCamps outside the UK, with the goal being to speak at one.
  7. Speak at four more local WordPress meetups that I haven’t spoken at before: with one of them being my local Manchester meetup!!!
  8. Organise or be co-responsible for organising an event in the UK. This could be a non-WordPress conference, WordCamp, workshop or a local developer meetup.
  9. Design, build, launch and market a small web app from scratch with at least 50 users signed up by the end of the year. I’ve plenty of side project ideas I’d like to try out!
  10. And finally, complete my long overdue personal site using React and the REST API, which has been a “work in progress” for far too long!

These goals are heavily WordPress themed, but that’s to be expected given that I work for a wordpress agency. Some of these goals – particularly core contributions – have been on my mind for a while now so I’d like to step up and deliver on them.

If I knuckle down half as much as I did last year I’m confident that I’ll hit a lot of the above. Whether I can get a 10/10 score is yet to be seen. Either way I sense a #busy year coming on!

What are your development goals for 2016? Anything you really want to get done?