As 2012 draws to a close people start to think about what they want to achieve in the following year. Whether that’s by making New Years Resolutions or deciding what goals they’d like to achieve in 2013.
It’s been nearly a year since we launched the first version of Buffer for iPhone and since then a fair bit has changed for me. I went from working at 383 Project and working on Buffer in my evenings and weekends. To starting working at Buffer fulltime in June building the brand new iPhone app and various other integrations with other iOS/Mac apps. Throughout this time I can’t say i’ve sat down and thought about what i’ve achieved in the past year.
It seems very rare that developers of any kind actually reflect on projects they’ve worked on. Say for instance you’ve built a site that gets used by thousands of people each day, you should be proud of the fact your work is being seen by thousands of people each and every day.
We’ve just launched version 2 of Buffer for iPhone, something that has been months in the making. Working alongside the very talented Luke Beard to improve the Buffer experience on iPhone. While looking at download figures we discovered 44,000 people have downloaded the Buffer iPhone app since its launch last January. When I was asked to find out how many I simply gave the number across without a single thought about how something i’ve built has been downloaded by that many people across the world.
So while your thinking about what you want to achieve next year, start by taking a look back on what you’ve done over the past year.