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A Time to Reflect and Ask Questions of 2012

The end of the year is a great time to reflect--looking back at the year with a desire to quantify and understand ourselves.

With our increasingly digital (social, cloud, mobile, APIs) lives, there are more opportunities than ever to ask our digital self very specific questions, and with the power the API get an answer back.

Over the holidayz, I spent some time asking some questions I wanted to know about my world in 2012--things that were important to me, and help me feel healthy, happy, accomplished and ultimately successful. (aka. Optimize for Happiness)

I broke these questions up into interest areas, then using APIs set out to find the services I use, or could use, that would help me answer these questions.

Family / Friends

Storytelling

Travel / Adventures

Health

Sports

Events

Programming / Code

Tweets

Podcasts

Financial

Email

Phone

Photography / Images

Movies / Television

Discussions

Games

Food

Beer

Wine

Art

First Time

What I Didn't Do!

This is all a work in progress.  I wanted a list that could evolve, but I could use as a framework for actually answering some of these questions--either annually or real-time if possible, using APIs.

To facilitate this process, I've published as project on Github.  I will be publishing all the questions I ask, and their solutions.  

So far, I've been able to use Singly and answer a number of critical questions about 2012 using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google--via the Singly API.

If you have questions you'd like asked, you can visit my personal data questions project and comment via Disqus or if you want, you can fork and contribute your own questions and API driven solutions.