So way back in February (because by resolve somehow missed January ), I wrote a blog Focus, Aspire, Inspire. I meant to assess my progress quarterly by Blog and ‘regularly’ (?!) in my thought process. and to be fair I did review my progress in May, and was actually pretty chuffed with myself. Somehow I was largely on track with my aspirations and inspirations. I’d tried to keep them realistic and it seemed to be working. Now its blooming well October and it seems I have lost a little focus, as I do, so I thought a little readdress would be a good thing
Goal 1: Twitter following: @Berni_Benton I have 556 followers but to be honest I’m more interested in engagement and interaction. I love it when the little counter shows a notification for a comment or retweet . I have become needy for these affirmations of my wit and relevance. I don’t know if I’m getting it right. I spend most of my time on twitter slagging off Donald Trump. AND I’M NOT EVEN AMERICAN!!! – See, loss of focus. But he is such an easy target….
Goal 2: Sort out my twitter lists: yep, pretty much done that, but now I have ’em what shall I do with ’em. Still. Tick.
Goal 3: Blog following: I just looked. I always forget to look. I have 140. which, considering I only aspire to 150 by year-end is not bad. In Feb there was 114 of you, so weyhey and ‘welcome’ my new friends. Perhaps you might share me and help me find that final 10 souls who might like to read my random rantings, musings and insights on no particular subject and no particular time. I can but ask eh?
Goal 4: Blog viewings: well they are heading in the right direction, but I guess they would, you can’t ‘unview’ something so the only way is up, baby (sorry, just Yazoo popped into my head right then…Focus damn it!)_
Goal 5: Teaching: Yes. Am doing more this year and am planning to run private sessions for small groups from my home studio in 2018 so again, tick.
Goal 6 & 7: OOPS – this was the big old one that required FOCUS . Start making Christmas stock of stained glass goodies by August including two new bespoke designs. Are we there yet? Oh shit its mid October.
Goal 8: Commissions – well I have done the preliminary drawings for 3, that was my target, but none of them, to date have resulted in any glass being cut….however, i remain optimistic for this one
Goal 9: Run retreats: Nope. This one involves the coordination and cooperation of Hubby and we’re just not that organised together. Maybe 2018.
Goal 10: YEAH – if you read the interim report in May you know I’ve got an exhibition pending!!! My first EVER solo exhibition. I actually visited the exhibition space yesterday and spoke to the curator. So now I’ve paced it out and I know exactly how many pieces of work i need (15) and how many I have ready (13). Well, 12. Actually 11.5… the point is, I’m (almost) on track and most importantly I have some friends who want to sort out the private viewing and promotion for me , so that means there’ll be prosecco and CAKE.
Goal 11. Facebook: I’ve been pretty proactive here. I split myself in two. There is now a page @CerdynvillaBandB for all things relating to life at the guesthouse and tourism related snippets; and there’s @BerniGlassArt for all things arty and crafty, including news on my own imminent exhibition and any classes I might be teaching…. I’ve even included a shop….. Between the 2 there are 1000 followers but again its interaction that’s needed and i have no idea how to improve that (don’t worry, I’m going to book a course!)
Goal 12: Vlogging…well. Errr. Um… I’m going to blame technology. No? Ok I’ll blame my relationship with my technology. I guess that won’t wash either. I will get on with it. Promise. Sorry Dinah. #hangsheadinshameandgoestositonthenaughtystep
So that’s how I’m doing against my overall targets. I’m going to pat myself on the back, because I’m pretty happy with what I have done and I promised myself I would focus on what I had done rather than what I hadn’t. I also have to remember all the other things I have done that weren’t on the list like;
- Joined and started using Instagram and Pintrest (again, I’m booking a course as I have no idea whats going on really!)
- Busy season in the B&B – more new and loads of repeat visitors
- Massive stained glass community project (Jan – June)
- Several regular gardening jobs
- Extra work for my friends who run a caffi
- fitted in a little mini break to Rome
- Family wedding
- New grandson
and there are still two and a half months to go…..
how are you getting on with your annual targets, if you have them?