Lets start with the 2013 goals to see how those went. They were:
(1) Get published. – Accomplished
(2) Make $10,000 off photography. – Failed
(3) Take 10 really good images. – Accomplished
(4) Finish at least 3 complete travel guides. – Failed
(5) Have a gallery showing of some sort. – Maybe
(6) Network. – Accomplished
(1) Fortune came my way for this one. I was contacted and able to license an image for publication in a Switzerland based German language magazine. You can find the image here: http://www.beobachter.ch/
(2) Honestly… didn’t even close. This was a very high bar. Lets just say that if it weren’t for the day job that I’d have starved to death if photography was the only source of income. Further truth is that more income was made by selling old items on Craigslist than from selling prints and licensing images. That’s the cold hard truth. However, the goal did do it’s part, which was to drive me towards contacting individuals in an attempt to monetize the habit… ummm, hobby. This goal, and dollar figure, will carry over to the 2014 list.
(3) Of the six stated goals this one was the most definitively accomplished. Choosing a Top 10 for the year was very hard. This seems to be an item that will come naturally as time progresses, if one says the course, so this goal will not be carried over for 2014. Honestly, it’s a bit daunting to think this year can be topped.
(4) Failed. The work required to put three guides together was something that resided on the back burner. A few smaller guides were hobbled together but nothing major. The trip to Seattle/Olympic NP/Olympia/Mt. Rainier/Portland/Columbia River Gorge NSA/Mt. Hood HF/Portland was the biggest and best yet. So large it took a 2″ 3-ring binder to contain the plans. When doing planning on that scale, it was hard to look back on the previous ones. Small write-ups aren’t enough to count this as accomplished. This goal is being bumped to four guides for 2014.
(5) How does one have a “maybe” under a gallery showing goal? This is how. Images of mine were displayed at the studio of the individual who cuts my hair. They were up for a solid 6 months. The intent of the goal was to have a formal art gallery showing, so the true intent of the goal wasn’t accomplished. This goal will remain for the 2014 list.
(6) This was a pretty outstanding accomplishment as well. From 522 followers on G+ to 11,770 in a single year is a resounding success. That comes out to 30.5 new followers a day. Not going to share details (to spare readers the boredom), but I’m pleased with how things progressed. This will not remain a goal. There are photographers, and there are social media photographers. I’d rather simply be considered the first.
Now that the subtraction portion is over with, lets get on to the addition portion.
(1) Assist on a photo workshop.
(2) Find a mentor.
(3) Blog on a consistent schedule.
As with last year, does posting these goals make me sound like an amateur? Maybe.
Does posting these goals hold me accountable? I hope so.
Does posting these goals inspire someone else? Lets find out.
Are they bold? Absolutely. Goals are supposed to be difficult. Otherwise they aren’t worthwhile. If there is no struggle then there is no real achievement.