Today is the first day of the new year, the first day of 2013. I have been looking back at my first year at WooThemes in my post on WP Daily already, so it’s time to look at what the new year will bring now.
The risk with posts like this is that it might backfire on me when I do not achieve the goals that I’m setting, but I see that as a good thing now. Sometimes I need a push in the back to regain my focus on what is important and what I want to achieve. If this list can be that push, I’m happy with that.
It’s time for WooCommerce 2.0!
The first month of the new year is going to be a busy month right away, with the first beta of WooCommerce 2.0 already getting a lot of feedback and bug reports. We are going to be squashing all the feedback as soon as possible and then probably release a second beta with all new fixes and improvements. We are really looking forward to releasing all the great new features packed in WooCommerce 2.0, but prefer to test it properly first.
And it is not just the WooCommerce plugin itself that needs to be tested, we also have a little over 200 premium extensions to check and make sure they all work with WooCommerce 2.0 before we release it.
Contribute more code
The world of open source software continues to exist because of people contributing code. In 2013, I want to contribute more to a number of projects and not just the WordPress core. I started doing this late last year already, but really want to do this more often in the new year.
If you have written open source software and have once received a contribution, you know the feeling: “Oh look, people are actually using and improving my software!”. And most patches are really simple. When you find a bug, do report (or even better: fix it and provide the patch) to the original author.
Speaking of WordPress core, 2013 will be the year where I actually schedule a lot of time in my agenda to work on WordPress core. I have never really done that before, so I haven’t been contributing to WordPress except for the occasional patch every now and then. I’m not setting a number of accepted patches as a goal (because that makes no sense, quality over quantity please), but I’d love to get my username next to the word ‘props’ at least a couple times every release.
Check, fix and improve all my free plugins
I have a couple free plugins released that badly need an update. Some are broken, other just have a couple new features that I like to add. For all of them goes that it is time to check them and make sure they still work. Most plugins do get at least a couple hundred downloads every months and it is sad to give those people downloading it a shit experience with a broken plugin.
Write more, but not just here
As I do every year, I do plan to blog more in the new year, but this year I’m going to try something different. I’d like to blog more on other blogs where people publish articles on a similar topic. This blog has become more of a personal blog, with a little bit of WordPress on the side. I do post about WordPress stuff, but I will never get to the level that Tom McFarlin is at (really, go read his blog!).
I really enjoyed publishing my first article on WP Daily last week and I plan to publish more articles like that. At the same time, I also have WPspecialist which is a Dutch WordPress blog, that I have some plans for this next year.
Next to publishing on blogs, I also have set some long term writing goals for myself (more on that later). Lots of writing to do and so little time. Better get writing and make the best out of this new year!