Photography by J.D. Magers

The Plan for 2016

Added on by J.D. Magers.

The New Year is here at last.  2015 brought with it a heck of a lot of change in my life, from the baby, to my day job, to finally getting serious about blogging.  Blogging certainly takes a lot of focused energy, which I am realizing now more than ever.  I want to accomplish so much more with my photography and this blog in the coming year.  I thought I would make a quick list of things I want to get done.

  • Monetize the blog - I will be working very diligently to get this blog to pay for itself and working to get my photography out there so people can see it.  Whether it be ads, or affiliate links, my own products, or even a local portrait session, it's time to take this to the next level.  I'm going to do this by creating content that has value to the people that read it.  I really think by explaining my workflow to the reader, I might be able to help a fellow self taught photographer learn something. 
  • Create my own product line - I have several ideas in this area.  I want to create my own presets in both Lightroom and On1.  I want to write an ebook.  I want to make portraits for clients.  I also have a couple of images that I would like to try and get published or licensed.  Anything I can do to work through presets and filters, we're going to try and do.
  • Work more on personal projects - Mainly around photographing my kids, but there are a couple of other areas too.  I want to continue to photograph and identify species of birds.  And I want to get up to Rocky Mountain National Park more.  I have never been to the Western side of the park. That is going to change this year.
  • The last major thing I'll mention is that I want to do a little revamping of the website.  I need to have an about me page, and I want to consolidate all the galleries under one portfolio umbrella.  I also don't like how the blog page looks right now.  I want to make it look a little more traditional. Doing this will make the site flow a little bit better and might help the reader to more easily be able to find information.  Maybe I should create a page dedicated to what I'm trying to teach to help with that as well.  

These are just four quick ideas to put down on paper to get me started.  As I said, consistent blogging is a great deal of work.  Everyone who blogs knows that, and I'm certainly not afraid of work.  I'm am more than willing to put in the effort to get my ideas out there, so you can learn from me, and I can learn from you.  I'm excited to see what 2016 holds and where it takes us.  It's time to get started...