53 weeks ago I made the decision to create my own website. 7 days later it went live. I did this because I wanted to have a platform that allowed me to easily share my ideas that I had control over. This past year has been both busy and productive (not necessarily the same thing) and also hugely rewarding. A lot has changed since I started blogging and a lot of those changes have occurred because of that decision.
I now spend 1 day a week teaching dental students which gives me great satisfaction and variety to my week. I have also been hugely honoured to give a handful of presentations to dozens of dentists and dental students on photography and organising your life. I have been published in a national dental journal and have further articles in the pipeline. At work I have zoned my diary to improve my effectiveness and reduce the stress of my daily grind which has in part allowed me to do more interesting work and have massively stepped up my technological capabilities. And at home I have made changes to improve my mindset and overall well-being now regularly practising Tai Chi and meditation and have vastly improved my diet by cutting out refined sugar and incorporating organic produce and a much greater variety of healthy foods.
Blogging has been a positive motivator in making a lot of this happen. And as a result I have uploaded almost 200 blog posts this past year on a huge variety of topics including guides on photography, technology, patient interactions and how to make them more effective, personal organisation, diet advice and over 40 book reviews.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me this past year. Special mentions to my wife Jemma who has been very tolerant of this process. Also to Shammi who has regularly been a much needed sounding board for my ideas and to Dhru and Mukesh who both have an inspirational mindset of openly sharing their ideas so that the profession can benefit. It amazes me to be able to say that I have had over 100,000 views since it went live and I am looking forward to what the next year will bring.
Dr Chris Harper