Goodbye 2011. Hello 2012.

A belated New Year post to try to summarise a busy 2011 and outline an exciting 2012.

Last year was a real transitional year for me, changing job & city – both were tough decisions and not without consequence (just ask my long suffering girlfriend!).

A brief list of personal highlights from 2011:

Travel

Another year for me to wince at my carbon footprint as I was lucky enough to visit:

  • New York – My first trip to the Big Apple with my buddy Sam – March
  • Turkey – A relaxing (all-inclusive) break with my girlfriend just outside Altinkum – June
  • Bulgaria – Another football tour with pristine pitches and Bulgarian football legends – July
  • Prague – A short break in this beautiful city with my girlfriend – November

 Music

It was always going to be difficult to top 2010 and a visit to Miami for the WMC, instead I went to a few club nights in London:

  • Erick Morillo at Pulse (a showman as always, Morillo was jumping round the box all night, just a shame about the huge queues to get in)
  • Toolroom Knights at Ministry of Sound (Mark Knight & Umek were fantastic)
  • Toolroom Knights 5th Birthday at the O2 Academy Brixton (brilliant night with some great live PA’s – especially The Man with the Red Face saxophonist)

Work

Towards the backend of 2011 I made the decision to leave OuterArc, the Nottingham-based startup I’d been at since Jan 2009 (after university). It was a difficult call, I learned a hell of a lot and enjoyed every minute of it but I felt it was time to move on.

Given that a few of my friends had just started jobs down in London I gave up a place I loved in Nottingham and moved home with my parents while I sought my next move.

After a couple of weeks I saw a job post for an intern at a startup called PeerIndex, looking at social media marketing and word of mouth advocacy. To cut a long story short the opportunity was perfect and I was offered the chance to join.

Fast forward two months to the start of 2012 – I’m loving it and look forward to an exciting year ahead having accepted a full time role.

Outside of day to day work, I also became involved with updating the Tribewanted.com platform [to launch in 2012], something close to my heart after visiting the Sierra Leone project in 2010.

Misc

Other random things: I enjoyed starting the Nott Cast podcast with my friend Ollie, contributing to the 3six5 project (my post is here) and catching Joe Rogan in Birmingham.

2011: In the news

Where to start: the Arab Spring, the Royal Wedding, the UK riots, the Giggs super injunction twitter fiasco, Steve Jobs passing away, the eurozone crisis – the list goes on.

2012: Looking ahead

I’m looking forward to a busy (but enjoyable!) year at PeerIndex, moving to London in early February, getting the new Tribewanted.com platform out there, the Olympics (of course), Euro 2012 (please no more penalty shootouts).

Music: Going to Tomorrowland (Belgium), trying to catch Joris Voorn & Sharam

Travel: Canada (to see my friend Simon) and possibly Thailand (if my girlfriend has her way!).

Thanks to all those that helped me last year and I look forward to catching up with friends, old & new in the coming 12 months.