35 Responses

  1. Stefan
    Stefan Published |

    Good luck with your achievements 2010!
    You have done a great job with nice blog posts, themes, plugins etc, keep the good spirit up!
    Stefan, Sweden

  2. paul
    paul Published |


    I’ve taught English here in Brazil, and it was a great experience. I stopped because it was taking a lot of my time, for not much financial return.
    If you want to become a teacher, you should do the CELTA course, which is an intensive one month training, and at the end you have a certificate that will open the doors of schools internationally (if you want to travel, that is).

  3. John Myrstad
    John Myrstad Published |

    I wish you the best of luck in your interviews, and landing that teaching job. In the meantime I`d like to sponsor some of your custom post types work, as it’s an important part of my WordPress/Hybrid plans and the kind of WP/Hybrid sites I want to launch too.

    I`ve send you a mail about it.

    John Myrstad

  4. Andrew@BloggingGuide
    Andrew@BloggingGuide Published |

    I’ve watched “Yes Man” and like you, I also find it really motivating. Surprises are always around the corner! The best of luck with your 2010 goals and also in landing a teaching job.

  5. designodyssey
    designodyssey Published |

    Follow your dreams and watch what life will teach on the way. I’m a tad bit older and used to be director of the HR department of a school district. We desperately need passionate dedicated teachers. But, make no mistake, it’s a rough gig the first couple of years. OJT is the norm so whatever you learned in school is only going to help you a bit. See if you can get some student teaching a summer or something like that. I wish you all the luck with that. If you’re interested in one of the big urban districts, I have contacts in all of them. Drop me a line.

    Health is absolutely KEY. Without it, none of this other stuff will happen or be enjoyed. Take it from someone a little older and creakier in the joints. Eating right, staying flexible and ensuring enough strength and endurance for a brisk walk is enough to change your whole quality of life (not that I’m a good example right now).

    I love coding, but I also need breaks. For my eyes, for my health, and for my marriage. I congratulate you for figuring this stuff out early in life.

    On the social scene, the best advice I could ever give a young man is never take yourself or others too seriously. We get all stressed out over things that will mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in 6 months. We all do it and it’s a shame.

    All the best

  6. James
    James Published |

    You want to teach? I’ve worked in education for 20 years or so. I can offer my experience and a suggestion or two, for what it’s worth…

    I have an MA in the Humanities from Cal State, which offers it as a distance learning program ( http://www.csudh.edu/HUX/ ) . The masters degree has helped open a lot of doors for me over the years. I was able to finish the masters in one very busy year, supporting my wife and child, while doing two part-time teaching jobs at a couple private enterprises. The program offered access to fantastic professors, was relatively inexpensive, and with my MA, I went on to work for many years at a major university.

    I appreciated having a regular paycheck, enjoyed teaching from time to time while working on the administration side, and I learned a lot, mostly about web development — and the difficulties of working under incessant academic political pressures and territory battles. After being transferred to five different departments while doing essentially the same job around the university (the university’s web coordinator), I struck out on my own.

    Now, I work in online education at ShowandKnow.com and our private-school-partner, Royal Scholars Academy.

    With your skills, I suggest thinking about trying to do for English what Khan Academy, one of our content partners, is doing for Math. More about Khan in our most recent newsletter: http://showandknow.com/?page_id=2792.

    In a recent NPR report about Khan, he lays out his business plan, something you may want to think carefully about — as a potential income stream in itself, and as something to help you stand out if you really do want to pursue in-class instruction as a job/career. The NPR report is here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121978193

    I’ve learned that you’re never unemployed, just self-employed (especially when you are a web developer!).

    If you set something up like Khan, FWIW, we will definitely include you as a content provider on Show and Know, at no charge. Best wishes, and good luck in whatever you choose to do.

  7. Deb T
    Deb T Published |

    Hey Justin, just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your very positive, friendly, and helpful support for Hybrid projects. And I’d like to suggest you read Danny Wallace’s book, Yes Man (if you haven’t already), which the movie was based on. Danny even started an accidental cult of happy followers called “Join Me” a while back. He’s a fascinating guy and deserves all the credit for the Yes Man philosophy!

  8. designodyssey
    designodyssey Published |

    Sorry, no connections in Alabama schools. Family in Huntsvile, but that’s it.

  9. Ron
    Ron Published |

    Good luck on your goals for the year Justin!

    I hope your 2009 goals were met and exceeded, especially the income part which I thought you were wayyy low on.

    You have been a huge positive influence to many of us in the WP community these last couple of years, from developers to bloggers. THANKS!


  10. Steve Seymour
    Steve Seymour Published |

    Hi Justin
    All the best for 2010. Making your intentions this public means you’re serious! I taught English for fourteen years, first in a state secondary school in the U.K., then in American Schools overseas.

    Couple of suggestions:

    1. Identify your non-negotiable values about education (and English education) – the ones that were you to compromise them you’d be selling your pedagogical soul to the devil. Air them at interviews, just as you have here with your resolutions. Better (much, much better) not to get the job than work in a school that doesn’t share your basic beliefs.

    2. When you’re in the job stick to these core commitments. They’ll inevitably be challenged by students, management, politicians, colleagues, but if you renege on them you’ll be miserable. The best teachers – the ones that maintain integrity, motivation and respect – are tenacious ideologues at heart.

    3. Don’t have too many values or you’ll be impossible to work with! That was me for a while, but I’ve mellowed with age…

    Hope it works out for you.

  11. Tjene Penger
    Tjene Penger Published |

    A bit late to post my goals, but better late than sorry 🙂 My goals for the new year is getting up-and-running with my new economy blog i’m planning doing.. for a few years time 🙁 Hope this year got the time for it 🙂

  12. Full Size
    Full Size Published |

    They seem like very achievable goals to me. The job market now is rough, I know how you feel about the interviews. Just keep at it and something will come your way. And remember to write the thank you letter after your interview, very important.

  13. dish
    dish Published |


    I agree with you to “Be Healthier”. I sit in front of the computer around 16 hours a day. I gain 3 pounds last year. I will drop the computer hours to about 10 hours and try to lose 3 pounds this year.

  14. Ed Harris
    Ed Harris Published |

    Just like most, I would love to lose weight. 20 pounds would allow this 52 year-old to beat the younger guys in tennis like I used to!

    An online empire would be nice, but I’ll be happy with 10% growth as well.

  15. Melanie
    Melanie Published |

    Hi Justin. I somehow wondered away from the Hybrid forum and into this post and “Alabama school districts” caught my eye.

    You have been so incredibly patient in helping me get through the “ins-and-outs” of developing my first site using Hybrid, (Alabama’s Coastal Connection) so thought I would throw in my two-cents here.

    My husband has been teaching in the state of Alabama for nearly 20 years, and I have been with him for all 20, so if there are any questions that I can help YOU with, fire away!

    I know there is a new school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama opening up for the next school year.

  16. kanishk
    kanishk Published |

    Good luck on your goals for the year Justin!
    first time i read your blog and i like to come again and again.

  17. Calvin Bacon
    Calvin Bacon Published |

    Justin, There are normally some job openings in Mobile simply because it is the largest school system in the state. Although you want to teach English, you might want to highlight your blogging experience and take a technology approach. Teachers who know and use computers are at a premium everywhere. Best of luck finding your new job.

    P.S.: Why don’t you commercialize your blog. You might get the income you are seeking.

  18. Saung Link
    Saung Link Published |

    Good luck for you Justin.. be a good teacher 2010… I am waiting for the next post

  19. Toeic
    Toeic Published |

    I wish you all the best in 2010. Hopefully you will find a job as an english teacher too.

  20. Gettyd
    Gettyd Published |

    Great justin i am always love to read your posts

  21. Phil
    Phil Published |

    Good Luck for you Justin 🙂 I try to become healthier for the last three years *g* I hope this year i will reach my goal to do more sports and eat less fast food 😀

  22. Jon
    Jon Published |

    Wonderful. I notice that everything comes to a standstill until I start reimplementing goals again. they’re stepping stones to get you somewhere.

  23. Jay
    Jay Published |

    Hey, I saw the preview for your new custom homepage.

    I do get that you are striving for a clean and fast blog site. However, with all of the great content on this site, it would be great to have a few more navigational tools.

    We all have our own preferences, I personally like blogs that have a ton of navigational links on the homepage (like Darren Rowse) though it may detract from the aesthetic of the design. Here’s my vote to at least adding a search box on your blog . 🙂


  24. Avio karte
    Avio karte Published |

    Great post! Hope you achieve all the goals 🙂

  25. Grant Swaim
    Grant Swaim Published |


    I assume you were trying to get an English teaching position in a secondary (K12) program. There is usually a great need for English teachers in post secondary (community college level) programs.

    Enrollment is growing at most community colleges due to high unemployment. To meet the teaching demands, most colleges hire adjunct instructors almost every semester. Teaching as an adjunct instructor gets your foot in the door and often leads to a full time position at a college.

    Also there is a big demand for English and Math teachers at community colleges in the developmental division. Many adults (and sadly fresh high school graduates) need developmental classes before they can take the college level classes. Many of the adjunct teaching positions are for developmental classes.

    Most states list teaching positions in all their school’s on the college’s system website. Here is the link to the North Carolina Community College System’s job listing page: http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/jobs/index.aspx

    Good Luck!

  26. 2011 Goals
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  27. Ben
    Ben Published |

    Hey Justin, I just read your post for your 2011 Goals, then I set off to find your 2010 goals because I was curious.

    “Build and Online Empire”

    You say you sometimes spend hours on your posts, and doing that on a regular basis isn’t fun.
    I’ve found that by far the best way to achieve this goal is to have a few posts saved as drafts. This way I’ve got a few posts I’m working on, and I can pick and choose which posts I wish to work on at that particular time (and more often than not I choose a post that reflects my mood).
    I can also work for an hour or two on a post…then save it (give up on it for a while), and come back to it in a couple of days. Meanwhile I’ll be putting some time into other posts that take my fancy.
    This way the posts get done, and I end up spending much more time on each post without losing concentration and fun-ness.
    Some pro-bloggers I know can somtimes spend 18-22 hours on a single post this way…but not at the same time. And it really does show in their writings.

    I know it’s March 2011 now, so I’ll wish you the very best of luck in succeeding this year in creating you’re online empire!


  28. Nathan
    Nathan Published |

    Justin, love the clean look of your site. Appreciate you being honest about your goals too. if you ever need any health or fitness advice in the way of running let me know. I have been doing it for over 23 years and would gladly help out anyway I could. My goals are much like yours, get out more, blog more and possibly spend a little less time in front of the computer screen. haha Take care and thanks again.

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