2008 Review

Continuing on from the prior mid-year review, it’s time for a recap of the year that was 2008.

As before, I’ve adopted a traffic-light rating to complement the corporate-esque roundup of the resolutions that I set at the beginning of the year.

Read more: Amber
I read more in 2008 than preceding years, but it was still a pretty feeble attempt – with just 6 or 7 books read. I did manage to polish off a book in a single week during the Crimbo festivities, so it can be done. 12-books will become my aggressive goal for ’09.

Do some daring things: Amber
Changing job and stripping bear in front of  2,500 Dubliners isn’t too bad. Just not exactly what I had in mind. I rather had the idea of being in a play or some other kind of activity to push my comfort-boundary. I’ll give an overly harsh Amber rating to punish me on this one.

Consume less sugar: Red
The office Pizza oven and endless supply of chocolate really didn’t help with this one. However, I’ve taken a recent fancy to salads and veggies, so all is not lost.

Be more focused: Amber
I’m not entirely sure what I exactly meant by this.

Travel to more exotic places: Green
The second half of 2008 was a more quiet affair, but I still managed to visit 12-countries across 4-continents in a single year. Highlights included a couple of skiing trips and a road-trip around California. Zanzibar still picks up the prize for the most exotic location, but I think I need to step it up in ’09. My ambitious travel wish-list for this year currently is as follows: Stockholm, Berlin, Paris, Reykjavik, Hong Kong, Milan, Jordan, New York, Vienna, Rome, and Rarotonga.

Become illustriousness for something: Red
I’m still just a regular Joe. How wants to be famous anyway?

Embark on building a virtual real estate empire: Green
Still a bit all over the shop, but good good groundwork has been laid during the year. The acquisition of BusSongs has proved to be highly successful. Thereafter, I also snapped up MafiaUnit.com and FixMyFloors.com which booth need to prove their worth in the year ahead.

Restart my dream diary: Amber
Started off very well, clocking in a tun off dreams in the early months. My patience wore thin during the Summer stretch (perhaps increased daylight makes it more difficult to recall dreams?) and has started to pick up again on the approach to year-end. I still enjoy it and really want to stick with it in ’09. I’ll post some comprehensive analysis shortly.

I trust you had a kick-ass 2008.

 Tags: Random   Published: 13th January '09

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How has the fixmyfloors venture turned out. Just curious if you can actually recover what you make?


Keith Mander

Dear Anonymous,

The site is performing well and I am happy with the progress so far. I’m on track to recoup the investment in under 2-years, which is still very impressive when compared to any other form of investment. Moreover, the site is essentially fully automated with 100% of traffic originating from organic sources (search and referrals) and a very small requirement for support and administration. I really wanted to give the whole information product thing a try and I now see great opportunities with this model. This particular ebook isn’t an evergreen niche, so it’s be no means by wisest or most profitable investment. I expect to make my money back and anything extra would be a bonus.