End of the Year

2013 is fast approaching its end. It seemed to fly by — plus I just did the math and realize it’s been 5 years that I’ve been blogging about accessibility. 5 years!

I’ve said it a bunch, but blogging is not as simple or easy as it sounds. I’ve had my gold rush periods where I cranked out (hopefully) lots of good material. I’ve had the lean times when life caught up with me and I left this blog on the back burner.

It’s been a good year, not without challenges or curveballs. I’m very much looking forward to some time off to spend with family and recharge the batteries.

Lots of things are swirling around in my head as I think about the past year. Just some random thoughts to close out 2013

  • Something that’s really stuck with me from the accessibility conference and other things I’ve read — if you really want to make inroads when you’re championing something like accessibility or user experience overall, you’re going to be much more effective if you take a positive, persuasive approach. Getting preachy or gloom-and-doom about it is probably going to turn off more people than not. Don’t lecture or rant — be enthusiastic and excited about it. That’s not to say it’s going to be easy (it never is)….but there’s something to the adage about attracting bees with honey.
  • When you are faced with people who are disrespectful, immature, and unreasonable, taking the high road isn’t easy. I’m ridiculously even-tempered when it comes to things like that, but even the most cool-headed can reach a breaking point. I’ve about reached my limit with people who are negative and would rather tear down the hard work of others instead of being productive themselves. Here’s to a 2014 with less of that drama and more focus on building rich experiences that meet user needs.
  • There was a time that I narrow-mindedly (is that a word?) gave little thought to the benefits of things like yoga and meditation. In the past year, I finally gave yoga a try and absolutely love it. I don’t go as often as perhaps I should, but it’s amazing how easy it is to clear one’s mind and recharge the batteries that way.
  • One thing I’m very thankful for, professionally-speaking, are the people I work with on the user experience team I’m on. To a person, I love working with them and learn new things every day. Even when there are the inevitable ups and downs of working in the corporate world, you can’t underestimate how important it is to work with people you respect and just genuinely enjoy being around.
  • Whatever you celebrate and whoever you celebrate it with, enjoy the holiday season. See you in 2014 for more the art of web accessibility goodness!

    Female cardinal in the snow

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