As the days turn dark and cold, 2010 is winding its way to a close and 2011 is fast approaching. It’s been a great year for me, but I’m looking forward to more progress in the months ahead.

One exciting project on the horizon is Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit, which is just 177 days away. On June 4th and 5th, a few hundred people will gather here in Portland to attempt to answer the question: “In the face of overwhelming pressure to conform, how do we live remarkable lives in a conventional world?”

World Domination Summit

For nearly a year, a small group of us have been working to pull this conference together. The schedule is beginning to fall into place, and we’ll start final preparations in January. Chris tells me the conference is already at 80% capacity, so if you’re thinking about attending, don’t wait too long to register. I’ll be there — I’d love to see you there, too. (You can read more about the WDS to see if you’d like to join this group of thinkers, dreamers, and entrepreneurs.)

Note: Now’s a good time to point out that next Thursday, Chris will be speaking at Powell’s here in Portland. I’ll be there along with many other bloggers. Come on out and join us on the 16th at 7:30pm!

Meanwhile, here are a few articles from around the web about the transition from 2010 to 2011:

First up, Kiplinger looked back over the past year in finance to create their list of the Best of Everything 2010. The magazine names their favorite investment resources, personal-finance resources, money-saving websites, and more.

Looking to the future, the Mighty Bargain Hunter has a short list of six year-end financial tasks you may want to tackle in the next couple of weeks. These are smart things you can do today to set yourself up for a more prosperous 2011.

In a similar vein, Trent at the Simple Dollar is publishing an ongoing series in December called “Out with the Old, In with the New”. These articles are a sort of “greatest hits of personal finance”, covering financial chores we should each do on a regular basis. Trent’s suggestions range from calculating your net worth to cleaning out your closets.

Over at Pop Economics, Pop says he’s not really a fan of Dave Ramsey, and he’s always considered the debt snowball method of debt repayment “non-sensical”. But it turns out that maybe Ramsey has a point. Pop writes about using the “small wins” strategy to achieve big goals. That is, breaking large tasks into smaller steps to make them less daunting. “A lot of very big things can happen if you take the right small steps,” writes Pop. Amen!