One Year Later

It’s been over a year since I wrote anything substantial.  I feel the need for change.

Perhaps it’s the crisp chilly winter which propels me to become more introspective.  I’m not sure.  Whatever the case, it’s time to write again.

I’ve been watching my wife become a dedicated and talented blogger in her own right over the past year. It’s inspiring, to say the least.  Of all people, she has less time than most – taking care of our freshly minted son, our home, and my own stressed out body and mind when I return to our sanctuary of a home from the less-than-stellar day or week on the job.

As our business continues to grow (doubled growth), I continue to find ways of pressuring myself into letting go. It’s a difficult chore, but worthwhile when it works.  This coming year will only be different in that I plan to push myself harder than I’ve ever gone before.  My business partner and I plan to take a real vacation next December – the entire month.  Not only that, but we plan on doubling this year’s growth, again, but this time in 11 months instead of 12.  We plan on hiring no more than one additional person to manage this new load too, if we have to.  So, it’s going to be an interesting ride in 2012.

I don’t pride myself on being busy, as I had in the past.  In fact, I consider it a failure.  If I’m busy, that means I’m probably taking on too much responsibility that someone else should be doing.  And if nobody else can do that job, then I’ve pushed us into the wrong business.

So, this coming year will be defined in how efficient I/we can be.

This overarching goal is why I’ve started writing again.  Mainly, because 2011 was the year of working hard, excruciatingly pushing everything without breaking it, and not saying no.  It was all about doing, and less about thinking.  I had a plan. I just needed to work it.

That was 2011.  It was exciting and exhausting.

After writing the previous post in Nov 2010, I also decided I didn’t want my (often divisive) opinions to be out there in the world.  I’m not sure why, but I pulled back quite a bit.  Perhaps out of fear (which is a rare feeling for me) of retribution or hurtful words which seem to be easy to throw around and are common on the web.  Whatever the reason, though, I didn’t want to share.

This year, I’m going to try to write more insightful, thought provoking posts about the things I care most about.  I hope by writing more I can consider my arguments in more depth, study and research more, and consider other valuable points and perceptions.  I hope it’s even self-inspirational – prodding me to a more full life, with more meaning behind it than to chase the almighty dollar.

And in the end, I actually hope that I could be so bold as to do the same for you.

Enjoy your holidays, friends.  Cheers.

Nate Ritter lives in San Diego, CA who popularized the #hashtag and creates scaleable web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

4 Comments on "One Year Later"

  1. Joseph M Nyikos says:

    Congrats on the growth and good luck on all your future plans …..

  2. A. R. Munyon says:

    Now I’ve read the above all I can say is Congratulations! both on the increase in business and the maturity you seem to be expressing. Love, Gram

 
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