There are lots of year-end posts going around. They’re all lovely. I see predictions. I see a huge trend of “best of” posts that I think are largely due to Christopher S. Penn sharing how he did his. I see lots of wrapping up posts.
Oddly, what was on my mind, was bragging.
Becky McCray has a “brag basket” set up on her blog, where you’re supposed to comment on the post with things you want to brag about. I’ve done it a few times. It’s always left me feeling weird, because I’ve been taught (like most of us) that bragging isn’t very useful.
But man, I really feel like bragging about 2009.
I want to brag about my family: about Katrina managing my family’s daily operations and handle my crazy travel schedule, all the while being a caring and thoughtful participant in the success of what I’m doing. My mom and dad, who are now acting as my backoffice for a lot of my work, and who are researching and editing and doing all kinds of interesting things for my upcoming projects, as well as managing my business schedule. I’m proud of Violette for being interested in food and cooking, and Harold for being able to read much better than a 3 year old should, and because he’s potty-trained (thank you, Kat).
I feel proud of my New Marketing Labs team: Colin Bower, Bob Collins, Justin Levy, Colin Browning, TJ O’Connor, Stephen Saber, Nick Saber, and our support teams, who gave us a huge great first year in business. I want to brag about Coffeehouse Ideas, who did lots of design projects with us, as well.
I want to brag about Christopher S. Penn, Whitney Hoffman, Michelle Wolverton and all the amazing volunteers and teams who put on successful PodCamps this year, and for what we’ll all do in 2010 (not to mention their own amazing careers and projects).
I want to brag about Jon Swanson, who writes amazing blog posts on more than one blog (if you’re Christian, you might also like his 300 Words a Day blog. (I’m not especially Christian, and I love it).
I want to brag about Julien Smith, for all his accomplishments with co-authoring a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling book, as well as his own incredible blog. (that was cheating)
I want to brag about all my friends who acted as trust agents to their companies in 2009, like Christopher Barger at GM, and Frank Eliason at Comcast, and Paula Berg at Southwest, and Jenny Cisney at Kodak, and Kenny Miller at MTV Networks, and Jess Berlin at Cirque Du Soleil and Bonin Bough at Pepsi and Fergie Devins at Molson and George Smith Jr at Crocs, and just all the incredible people I’ve been able to meet and share ideas with.
I want to brag about all the great people I met in 2009. I met around 10,000 new people this year, plus got to catch up with several hundred wonderful people at the few hundred events I attended. It’s a crazy life, flying all around the country (and the world), to New Zealand, to Mexico, to Paris, to Amsterdam, and all the other amazing places I’ve been, and what keeps me going is finding people like you, who are driven and motivated and passionate and connected to what comes next. You might think it’s cliche, but it’s you who makes this all worthwhile, and believe me, I talk to Kat all the time about how I’d pack it in if I didn’t have as many amazing friends and community members like you out there.
This year proved to me that you can be ambitious, can have a strong sense for business and revenue, and still bring as much human touch to what you’re doing as possible. The more I reach out, the more I connect with people, the more I give as much as I can away for free, the more it pays off.
But that’s because of the great people I’ve come to know and spend time with, and from all the time I can put into building relationships that matter.
Thanks for an amazing 2009. See you in the new decade.
One last thing: I’m most proud of these two speeches I gave in 2009. If you have some extra time, give them a browse:
From Web 2 Expo 2009 Keynote:
From New Media Atlanta 2009 Keynote:
Thank you. I see you.
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Looking for a unique dock for your iPod? You might want to check out Speaker Bot, a dock that looks like a retro 1950s robot.
The 18.5″ tall Speaker Bot is an “assemblage robot”, or in layperson’s speak, a robot made from old junk. This one-of-a-kind robot was created by New York’s Lipson Robotics, and was created from a variety of found objects. I actually think that 289V logo came from an old Ford Mustang. Sweet. And smack dab in the middle of his chest is one of those mini MP3 speaker amps, so he can crank out your tunes. I like the old iPod in the picture too – I wonder if that counts as a retro piece of junk now?
At $550 (USD), the Speaker Bot is not the cheapest iPod dock out there, but it’s clear a lot of work went into his assembly, so I think he’s worth it. You can check out Speaker Bot and a whole bunch of other cool upcycled robot sculptures over at Lipson Robotics’ Etsy shop.
Warning. You are about to see what could easily be the most insane design for a speaker ever created. Just don’t let your boss look over your shoulder or they might think you’re surfing for porn.
The Asspeaker is a 2.1 speaker system shaped like… your butt. Well maybe not your butt, but somebody’s butt. The speaker features a subwoofer with what could only be described as a “strategically-placed” tuned bass port (between the cheeks). And if one butt isn’t enough for you, the two wireless satellites can be stored together to form a smaller pair of buttocks.
To turn on the Asspeaker, you tap the right cheek, and to adjust the volume, you rub the left one. Did I happen to mention that everything is wrong about this concept?
The asspeaker is the brainchild of designers Javad Yazdani, Mohsen Tafazzoly, and Younes Daneshvar. While the design is still just a concept, Javad, Mohsen and Younes should get their asses on a plane to Vegas next week where both the Consumer Electronics Show and a porn convention are going on at the same time.
Surely, somebody has got to give them a business deal there.