Before we turn the page on 2009, here's a quick wrap up about some of the news stories that captured my attention:

In my business,  two of my best finds on the Internet to help me grow my business this year were:

  • Best resource to help me and others build better blogs – Darren Rowse at ProBlogger.
  • Best discovery to enhance my online business – Info Product Guy James Roche

My proudest contribution to the marketplace in 2009:

  • I brought to market the Bye-Bye Boring Bio Action Guide in September and have since earned glowing reviews and sales from business owners all over the world.  This product has only begun to make the difference for others that is possible.   If you've written a rock star bio with this guide as your tool of choice, send in your finished bio.  I'll gladly blog about it!   If you are a member of a group that needs guidance about how to tell a story so the right people will listen, invite me to speak. If you are a fan of the product, I'd be honored for you to advocate to others about it as a proud member of my affiliate program. Then, when your colleagues buy, you earn generous sales commissions.   If you are a member of a direct sales organization, professional association, or other fabulous group and would like to inquire about quantity purchases or licensing agreements, let's talk!   The mission is to banish boring bios forever with the Bye-Bye Boring Bio Action Guide leading the charge.   I can't wait to see the magic that manifests for all along this journey!

I've been thinking a bit about trends and what to expect for 2010.  Last year, I offered a few ideas in this regard with a few of my colleagues/friends at this post. As for me, I stand by my comments from last year.  If you have comments about what is in or out for 2010, please comment!

No matter what the new year brings, may you be surrounded by others who lift you higher.  May you be inspired to achieve great things, doing what you most love to do.  May you be lucky enough — as I am — to share your life with an amazing partner.  Quoting from Julie Powell in “Julie and Julia”  — which was my favorite movie for 2009 —  Steve, you are the butter to my bread and the breath to my life.

Happy New Year, one and all.