A lot changed for me professionally in 2013. In March, I left the Telegraph, where I had worked for more than 10 years. I had been Head of Technology (Editorial) since mid-2009 and before that Communities Editor, Online News Editor and a few other roles before those. Leaving was quite a change but it's been brilliant so far.
"So what is it you do now?" has become the question I am most frequently asked. Sometimes even I'm not sure what the answer is. There isn't a concise way to describe my job, though I've settled on 'technology writer and digital media consultant'. For those who want more detail - and to remind myself of everything that happened - here are some of the highlights of my working year.
In the space of a few weeks in the autumn of 2013, I published three ebooks. The first, Computerised You, is an Amazon Kindle Single about wearable technology. It was well-received and led to a trip to Iceland in October to speak about it. In March this year, I'll be discussing the book at the Wearable Technology Show in London.
Computerised You was followed by two ebooks published in partnership with Touch Press, one of the leading developers of apps for iPad and iPhone. The ebooks, published on Apple's iBookstore, were Touch Press's first iBooks and were free to download. The first covered Apple's iOS 7 operating system and the second was about the iPad.
Now I'm working on publishing Computerised You on other ebook platforms and after that I'll start thinking about the next ebook.
I haven't quite given up journalism. Since leaving the Telegraph I've written for Stuff, The Independent and the Bookseller but I didn't have as much time for journalism towards the end of 2013 because of the ebooks I was writing. I'm hoping to be a little more active with tech journalism this year.
The rest of my time has been devoted to consultancy and freelance copywriting. I've been writing about technology for the World Economic Forum, which has led to some fascinating interviews about things like robots and biomedicine. I consult for Bloom.fm, the streaming music app, in a wide-ranging role that includes marketing and PR advice as well as some copywriting.
Other clients in 2013 included Nesta, for whom I wrote a couple of feature articles, O2 and Hope & Glory PR (a comment piece about 4G), 3 Monkeys Communications (the introduction to a report about the tech cluster in Brighton) and Lyonsdown, for whom I am a columnist.
If I can help with one of your projects in 2014, please get in touch.