Learning from the Past and Looking Forward to 2013

Planner, pen and computer

I have done a few end of year / start of new year posts in the past but this one will not be a look back at the past year. 2012 has been a great year for me and my business, a year of growth and the pain that often comes with it. But I prefer to look forward and distill those lessons into areas of focus for the new year so I can improve where I can and do better in 2013.

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Why Pixelyzed.com Is Now Running on WordPress

Last night, I started the process of migrating pixelyzed.com from a hybrid static and blog site which ran under blogCFC to a full blogging site entirely powered by WordPress (and PHP). As a long time ColdFusion developer and advocate, this is a huge change for me. It is a decision I did not take lightly but it was long time coming and was motivated by several reasons.

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pixelyzed.com Now Running on WordPress

This is just a quick note to tell you all that I just migrated the pixelyzed.com blog to WordPress. I will post again in the next few days to explain the reasoning behind the change and speak  of my experience doing so.

For now, you will notice that he blog is no longer under a sub-directory of the pixelyzed.com domain. I think it makes a lot more sense as I use this site mostly to blog anyway. On the other hand, I have put code in the old blog location that should correctly redirect any old /pixellog URLs to their corresponding URLs in the WordPress blog.

It’s now late for me and I have client work to do tomorrow… 😉 So please contact me at stephane@pixelyzed.com if you notice any glaring problem.

Thanks you all for sticking with me all this time!

Looking Back at 2009

As is becoming a tradition for me, I’m writing a post to reflect on the last year as we’re jumping into the new. I will write another post later to talk about new tools and new technologies I discovered or started using in 2009. In this one, I reflect on the past year, the things that went well, the things I learned and what I intend to do different in 2010. If you run a small business or are a freelancer yourself, you may learn a thing or two from my experience.

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It’s Been One Year!

I missed the actual anniversary date which was August 8 (2008-08-08) but it’s now been one full year since I quit my job to go freelance full time. The road has not always been easy but I wouldn’t go back. I’m the happiest I’ve been in my whole life and I have a real sense of accomplishment like I haven’t felt since I played music in bands. I even feel better about what I do now as I help real people and organizations solve real problems.

I’ve recently put my company blog online and published my first article with 2 more in the works. That blog will be more business oriented than this one with the audience being existing or potential clients or anyone looking to have a Web site made or improving an existing online brand. The French version can be found here while the English version is here. I’m also tweeting for my company from here.

Things are going well for me and I’m looking to the future with optimism. I’ll be working on building my client base, my profitability as well as my skill set. I feel like I have so much to learn still but the fun really is in the journey and I’ve never felt more alive…

Thank you to everyone who has helped and encouraged me along the way. I truly have the best friends and I am grateful for each and every one of you.