2013 Year in Review

Published 31st December 2013

I like to take the opportunity at this time of year to look back, take stock and be thankful for what the year has brought. As with last year, this year has had its up’s and down’s but in general has been a good year.

Professionally

By far my biggest achievement this year was the creation and launch of Dunked. From October 2012 to April of this year I basically worked solid on Dunked building the entire platform from scratch and being responsible for the majority of the development work. It was great to have the opportunity to work on such a large scale project and I learned so much about development on this scale. The launch was a huge success and at the time of writing we have almost 70,000 registered users and after just 3 months of being out of beta had achieved a five-figure $/month revenue target.

Working with Orman and the ZillaMedia team continues to be a great experience and we even pumped out a brand new ThemeZilla site as well this year. Personally I think it’s one of the best WordPress sites I’ve ever built and am very pleased with the outcome.

Dev7studios continues to be successful and I was pleased with our $100k+ in profits for a second year running, even though my focus had shifted away from Dev7studios slightly (and towards Dunked). We had a productive year over there too.

Personally

Like last year my personal life has been a bit up and down and has proved to be very challenging at points. The year started off well with us moving into our new house. It was great to get onto the property ladder and get settled into our first home. Having a garden has been a real blessing and I put it to good use in the summer working outside when I could.

I also started the year by becoming a Deacon (part of the leadership) at my church. I consider it an honor to be asked to be given such a responsibility and it has certainly been an interesting experience. I have learned so much and, for the first time in a while, I’ve been well out of my comfort zone. Being part of a team of such experienced guys is quite amazing and humbling at the same time.

However during the summer this year I found myself “burnt out” for the first time in my life. I know a lot of people talk of burning out, but I think I was being ignorant of just how much was piling up and eventually I crashed. I ended up dealing with some serious anxiety and completely lost all my confidence. I’ve never felt so weak and ended up questioning a lot about myself and dealing with a lot spiritually. I can’t tell you how much God has taught me through this experience and while I’m much better now, I think I still have a way to travel down this road.

On the up side I’ve definitely been much fitter physically this year and still playing lots of football. One might even say that I’m getting better.

Looking Ahead to 2014

So it looks like 2014 might be year of “doing less”. Working smarter, not harder. We are already planning to take more breaks (something we’ve not been great at) and looking after ourselves a bit better. I’m thankful to God for his leading, guiding and providing in 2013 and pray that 2014 will be no different. I wish you all a happy new year when it comes and best wishes for 2014.