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How Did I Do With November Goals?

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Back at the beginning of November, I posted my intent to state some monthly goals to accomplish during the month.  You can read more about why I'm doing this here.  Since November is over, it's time to pay the piper and see how I did.  We'll take these goals one by one and do an assessment.  Here we go:

  1. Rick Sammon suggested in one of his recent Kelby One training classes to read the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  The book has been purchased, and will be read by the end of the month.  Assessment:  Complete.  This book is a very quick read for being a 300 page book.  I liked it.  It turned out to be a little different than I thought it was going to be, but I think I got the message.  Success equals work.  I already knew that, but it was nice to be reminded of that fact.
  2. I will write a post detailing what I currently know about curves in Photoshop.  Assessment: Not Complete. This was an unrealistic goal.  I realized that I know a little bit about curves, but not nearly enough to write a post that is going to be useful for my readers.
  3. I will finish reprocessing the bison image and the Double Arch image that will go into my portfolio book I talked about last spring, and send the book out for publishing. Assessment:  Also not complete.  I worked on the Bison photo a little bit, but it still isn't done.  I just need to carve out time, which has been a struggle lately.
  4. I will write blog posts every business day in November.  That's five days a week! Assessment:  Yeah.  This was much harder than I thought it was going to be.  I started off with some pretty good momentum, but I ran out of steam.  I quickly realized that I would much rather take my time and write meaningful content than throw something together at the last minute.  I owe that to my readers.  Five days a week is just too much.  I know that publishing regularly is important for building a community, so I am going to shoot for three days a week here in December, posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

As you can see, I didn't do very well. I only hit on one of the four goals I identified at the beginning of the month.  If anything, I am accountable for my actions and that is why I am writing this post here.  I will do better in December.  I did learn some things during the month though. For Example:

  • This is hard.  Publishing five times per week is a lot of work, especially with a day job and a family.  I only get to work on my photography for around an hour per night.  I will need to apply time management and take a project management approach to get where I want to go.
  • Publishing valuable content is more important than throwing spaghetti at the wall.
  • I still have a lot of planning to do regarding what kind of content to create and who my ideal reader is.  I need to draft and implement some rules around this so I can develop some consistency.

There you have it.  A no holds barred self critique of my month.  As we get going, I think it was valuable.  It helped me to realize there is much work to be done.  I'll get there, we just have to keep moving forward.  I'll publish my December goals soon, but for now, I think I'll work on the bison image...