My Goals for 2018

My goals for 2018, in no particular order:

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I'd love to get an email course, and a premium course put out there, but both of those require me to be a creator in a way that doesn't come naturally for me, motivation-wise. I'm happy to spend hours going doing a coding rabbit hole, but I've not yet found a process that works well for me to just get my knowledge down in words that can then be made into something coherent later. Writing little and often, maybe what's needed.

Relaunch gamajo.com

This has been a goal for several years now 😢 – the current site doesn't reflect the work we do, or who we are targeted at, and the leads have basically dried up. This HAS to change.

Create a personal-branded site

Whether it's a re-hash of this one, or under a different domain, that can focus on the professional version of me, I'd like to have a space where I can write about the web development industry, the technical things, how businesses can best help their development teams etc. The courses would likely live on this new site, which then removes the need to do much blogging on the gamajo.com. The main thing is, all these articles should be mostly _evergreen_ articles, that can stand the test of time – what I've written so far, mostly isn't.

Get the new house in order

We moved to a new build bigger house in September 2017, as the kids needed more space. Naturally, there are still some boxes that need sorting, and some DIY tasks that need doing. We've done a fair bit, but I know we've still got a lot of material items that need to be got rid of, like baby clothes and buggies (our kids are 6yo now).

Finish my Genesis starter theme

Another project that's been on the go for a while – I'd like to add some more features to it, and get it to a stage of being able to sell it, and also to write about the decisions that were made when putting it together.

Improve this website

I've got sections on this website, such as the Poetry, Marian Hartley, wedding, posts about the twins' arrival and so on that all need tidying up. There are Instagram posts (which I've just started with again), an effort to connect to my Lightroom catalogue, WP galleries and so on that may just need re-organising. I'm keen to follow the IndieWeb approach of posting everything to my own site and then syndicating it elsewhere.

Make more profit

The 2017-2018 financial year is on track to be worse than the two years before it. Not disastrously so, but enough that, combined with the expense of moving house and taking on a much bigger mortgage, and having to replace my car being written off in June, the finances aren't where I'd like them to be. Money isn't everything, but it certainly makes other aspects of life more enjoyable if the cash is in the bank.

All of the above aren't SMART goals – you know, specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound – but, for now at least, it's enough for me to be getting on with.

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Gary Jones

Gary Jones is a UK-based WordPress Engineer, code consultant, and father of extremely premature twins. Driven by a passion for excellence, he creates elegant WordPress plugins and theme solutions for clients, and provides services, including code audits, for other designers and developers.Gary is a key contributor to the Genesis Framework and has contributed to all except one major branch of WordPress Core since 3.3. He has contributed to many open source projects in the community, and is a co-host on the UK Genesis podcast.A former teacher in schools and prisons, Gary's goal is to educate WordPress professionals on how they can improve their code. His motto is knowledge is power.