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:
- Have ten plugins listed in the WordPress.org 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.
- 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!
- Have three themes listed in the WordPress.org theme directory: one for personal blogging, a theme for small businesses and another for non-profit organisations.
- Write and deliver four brand new talks: with one of them being a non-technical talk.
- Speak at two more WordCamps in the UK that I haven’t spoken at before.
- Apply to speak at WordCamps outside the UK, with the goal being to speak at one.
- Speak at four more local WordPress meetups that I haven’t spoken at before: with one of them being my local Manchester meetup!!!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?