My 2016: A year in preview

Photo by Licensed under Creative Commons.

Photo by Licensed under Creative Commons.

That’s it. We’re now into the downslide of this decade, heading screaming toward 2020. No brakes. No helmet. And certainly no idea as to what’s coming a little further down the hill.

But hey, with predictions articles all the rage the last month (I got my first technology predictions pitch right after U.S. Thanksgiving), I’ll join in on the fun and preview what I think my life is going to be like through the next 12 months. Here are some of the expected highlights:

  • Freelancing is a fickle business, but I hope to continue on with Fierce through the year … and hopefully for longer than that. My content is going to get better. There are going to be some cool trends to watch (and write about). Video communications. SDN and SD-WAN. DevOps backlash and acceptance. There’s change afoot in the tech biz, and so it’s an interesting time to be an IT reporter. I fully expect to attend a couple of industry conferences this year. Which ones (and when) are still to be determined. Vegas, here I come?
  • By the end of 2016, I will have mastered something on the harmonica thanks to continued bi-weekly lessons with Carlos del Junco. There’s a good chance it will be a fox chase rhythm of Carlos’ that I’ve been working on for more than a month. But hopefully long before I master the tune, I’ll have mastered playing to blues timing on a metronome (clicks on the two and four beats — it’s a hell of a lot harder than it sounds).
  • I will become a Nikon convert. Linda has been trying to get me to switch from Canon to Nikon for more than three years, and her arguments are finally starting to wear me down. I’ve been investigating options for a new prosumer camera, and based on feel and functionality, as well as better selection, I think I’ll be ditching my Rebel XS in favour of … well, I’m not quite sure yet, but it’s sure to be a Nikon. Sorry, Canon fans.
  • I will aim to play more guitar but ultimately fail. This happens pretty much every year, so why be inconsistent?
  • And on a more serious note, my days of regular consumption of alcohol are now behind me. For years, I have been a heavy drinker. I made the conscious decision to finally change that. At the same time, I’m building up good habits like regular exercise (thanks, Fitbit), losing some weight and taking more control over my calorie intake. I’m not a big dude by any stretch of the imagination, but there will be less of me (hopefully about 15 or 20 pounds) by the end of the year.
  • Bonus prediction: By drinking less, I’ll save more money so I can actually afford to buy that new Nikon D-something-or-other and a new gaming rig this year.

Happy 2016!

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