New Year’s Resolutions: Tech Edition
2010 was the most thrilling, amazing, life-changing year I have had in my entire life. From my internship with The Today Show, graduating from Ohio University, my MTV TJ experience and finally landing a job with U.S. News & World Report it has been a year of all highs. With the end of one unforgettable year comes the possibility for an even better year! Like everyone else in the world, I have plenty of personal New Year’s resolutions but I wanted to add a twist for my site. I am listing my resolutions for the things I hope to do on the tech side:
On May 11, 2010, I posted my very first piece on RyanLytle.com. At the time, I did not know that this would spring my opportunities with MTV or be the catalyst that brought my entire personal brand together. Since May, I have experienced some of the best moments of my life and have learned more about myself than I could have ever imagined. My first New Year’s Tech Resolution is to post new material on my site daily. Since beginning my job in October, it has been difficult, to say the least, to keep up with this plan but it is incredibly important for my sanity to have this way to let my creative mind flow!
I was reading a great article the other day by Nick Bilton of The New York Times about finding a use for Tumblr. I really agree with his piece when he says, “every time I try to get on the Tumblr bandwagon, my interest usually putters out after a day or two as I go back to my own blog, Twitter or Facebook.” That’s how I have been. Granted I used my Tumblr a ton when I was in New York, but I have neglected since then with my own blog, my Twitter and many other social tools. But, I’m a huge fan of sharing content – especially when I’m at work. It’s much more difficult for me to add posts to my website when I’m always on the go during the workday and Tumblr is notoriously famous for its ease of sharing. So, my second New Year’s Tech Resolution is to start using my Tumblr account more often. If you’re on Tumblr, find me at ryanlytle.tumblr.com.
Twitter has opened up many doors for me in the past year. I never could have imagined what 140 characters could do, but I’ll never underestimate it again. I have amassed a fairly large following because of my ability to interact and engage with others. I hope to continue that trend going into 2011. My third New Year’s Tech Resolution is to get to 3,000 followers. As we speak, my following stands at 2,913 followers. It is my hope that, as my numbers continue to grow, I can be a great resource of information (and hopefully some entertainment) to all those that follow. If you’re on Twitter and you’re interested in some mildly interesting conversation, find @rlytle and say hi!
Though I still haven’t fully grasped the power of Dailybooth yet, I do know that it is one of the fastest growing social media platforms that will continue to grow in 2011. As a personal brand enthusiast, it only seems appropriate that I continue to dabble in this medium. Mashable has already named mobile photos one of the biggest tech trends for 2011. My fourth, and final, New Year’s Tech Resolution is to be more active on Dailybooth. I suggest that if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should! And, if you do decide to join the platform, make sure to follow me on DB and I’ll return the favor!
There you have it, folks! These are my New Year’s resolutions (tech edition) for 2011. Hopefully, I follow through with my goals and I’ll have much more to share with you coming into the new year. Just to keep the conversation going, what are your resolutions for this new year? And, what are you going to do to make sure you stick with it?
To close this out, I hope that everyone has had a happy and safe holiday season and I look forward to sharing more with you in the future!
About Ryan Lytle
Ryan Lytle is currently a producer, reporter, and social media strategist for U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C. Whether by accident, or not, Ryan has attained a diverse set of skills in variety of work environments: video at Cincinnati.com, multimedia at The Washington Post, television production at NBC's The TODAY Show, social media at MTV Networks, and all of the above at U.S. News. With this blog, Ryan shares his knowledge and experiences working in the professional world.
01. January 2011 by Ryan Lytle
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