I'm a technologist, speaker, and Pluralsight author and I specialize in building full-stack solutions with a focus on modern web technology and cloud native architecture.
This is my first time trying a quarterly update on my yearly goal setting but I was updating that old post with progress notes and decided I should just formally document progress every quarter instead of retrofitting an older post. That way if any goals evolve (which some have!) then I can look back and see that change happening. Also this forces me to post at least once every 4 months which may get me into the groove of writing more generally.
Here are the goals I originally laid out and progress notes for each! At the end I also listed some unplanned accomplishments so I can track those too.
Freelance writing for RavenDB. I was excited to have the opportunity to work with Hibernating Rhinos, creators of RavenDB, to write two articles on RavenDB. One was published in April, the other will be published in May.
I made a little app. Without much fanfare, I released an app that helps track your savings rate. I'd love to spend more time building it out but it's not a heavy focus right now.
Released an OSS project. I released a small gatsby source plugin for generating TypeDoc to source in a Gatsby app for Excalibur's new docs site.
Finished 3 books. Through Audible and the library, I finished some books: Hit Refresh, Meet the Frugalwoods, and Gone Girl. I am currently listening to Mission Critical, a Gray Man book and reading Conceptual Blockbusting along with Code Complete.
Finished over 60 episodes of ChooseFI. It's no secret I love the ChooseFI podcast (and I'm not alone). As of this week I'm on episode 67R which means I'm about halfway through the back catalog. That's about 70 hours of content! It's just a fantastic source of information on all aspects of "life optimization" like finance, mindfulness, happiness, and growth. I recommend it whenever I can and if it impacts others the same way it impacted me, then I'll continue singing its praises.
It's been a busy Q1! I owe thanks to Todoist, that has transformed how we do things around our household between my wife and I. I've actually enjoyed writing quite a bit though now I feel the itch to come up with content for the blog.
I have been thinking of what I want Kamranicus.com to be and how it should change to host my content and showcase different things but haven't landed on anything final yet. As you perhaps might notice, in the posts and guides I've enabled Adsense since there are some popular pieces of content on here and I actually earn a little from my Amazon affiliate links already.
I was also very excited and thankful for the opportunity to do some freelancing as it lit a fire under me to get me working with some business products like Quickbooks (use my 50% off referral link) and Dochub to better manage my side hustling. It also derailed my focus on KTOMG for the spring since March-May has just been doing writing leaving much less time to get things done for KTOMG in a timely manner. Oh well!
Looking towards the summer (Q2), I'm also pretty excited for NDC MN, some course maintenance, and then re-focusing on KTOMG. This will also be our first summer that Cassie and the kids will have off together! So they will be visiting me at work more often and I'll be trying to spend time with them when I can. The grill is already out 🔥🍔
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