2014: Year of Going Big

Speaking from a content creator's perspective, 2013 was my most successful year yet. I took advantage of some new opportunities that came my way, which assisted me in further progressing my career. Not only that, but I also uploaded a record amount of videos to YouTube. In other words, it was a "huge success."

Joining Fullscreen in April was a rough time for me, but things eventually panned out for the best. I was introduced to unique revenue opportunities and I even ended up connecting with new people — something I want to continue to do throughout 2014. Networking can be essential in developing your brand and improving your content.

Eventually in October, I unveiled the all-new GearPop. With a radically new design and the introduction of the GearPop Blog, this was my largest website relaunch to date. Needless to say, it's been a successful project and I cannot wait to see where things go from here.

So much more happened in 2013, but I'm not going to bore you with all the details. However, I will say that I finally took a step forward to make some changes in my overall approach in content creation, as well as sources of revenue. Because I am self-employed, it is vital that I am constantly on the lookout on how to survive in an always-changing digital world.

Now that 2013 is behind us, it's time to look into the future. Having decided to call 2014 "Year of Going Big," I'm excited to share some new ideas and experiences with everyone.

Vegas, Baby!

Yes, it's true. I'm heading to Las Vegas for CES 2014! This will be my first time attending CES and I cannot wait. It's one of the largest technology conventions in the world. Just imagine the video opportunities I will have throughout the week. Not only that, but I will finally be getting the chance to meet up with several other YouTube personalities.

Because there is so much to experience in Vegas, I am planning on splitting my videos up per day. In other words, expect a ton of content to come your way. I will also be accompanied by family and a few friends, so it's going to be an awesome time all around. Stay tuned for more in mid-January!

Hitting the Big 100K

Having joined YouTube back in 2006, I never once thought that I'd be hitting the 100,000 subscribers mark. It's impossible to predict the exact day that it will happen, but the number is inevitable. Of course, this milestone is only made possible by your amazing support. I already plan on making a video, but let me say this ahead of time: Thank you.

Exploring New Paths

I can't talk about this much — at least not yet — but there is a certain platform that I am very excited to explore. Let's just say that it will introduce some nice revenue opportunities for myself, which in turn allows me to create more unique content for my subscribers.

Now it's just a matter of waiting until whenever said platform actually launches. When it eventually does, I'll be sure to share my thoughts about it in a future video. To my fellow content creators, believe me when I say, this is something you'll want to pay attention to.

Focusing on GearPop

The introduction of GearPop 3.0 unveiled a variety of new features, including a community blog that encourages others to publish content for all to enjoy. And now that GearPop's vision is clear, it's time to focus on fine tuning the site and making it better than ever. I already have several ideas in mind, of which I will begin to implement in the coming weeks.

Taking Photography More Seriously

I don't talk about this much, but photography is something that has fascinated me for years. While I'm usually busy doing something else, I am going to make it a goal of mine to explore photography further, experiment with new and different lenses, and just educate myself more.

In the meantime, feel free to check out some of my photography work on Facebook.

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As usual, the above goals are simply primary. I am always striving to improve myself and my content, so who knows what else the new year will bring. One thing is for sure, though: I'm going big and I am excited to share my new experiences with all of you.

What are your goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments below. It's always fun to share ideas. And of course, here's to a great 2014!

David Di Franco

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