Monday, January 1, 2018

Creative Plans for 2018

Happy New Year to all of you!



Every year I pick resolutions for myself that relate to my creative life, which means it's time to look back and see how I did.

In 2017, I resolved to:

  • Complete an average of one scrapbook layout a week.
Check! I made exactly 52 layouts. 
  • Migrate to Wordpress and make other changes to improve usability and attract more readers.
Looking at this now a year later, I see that I should have split this into two or more goals. I actually joined a "Bloggers on Blogger" group and made an informed decision not to migrate to Wordpress. I made huge changes to improve usability throughout the blog. I'm calling this goal a success.
  • Explore new ways to monetize the blog.
Check! I've added more affiliates and am adding banner ads at the end of some of my posts. I added a single ad to the right-hand column. Blog revenue is small but growing.
  • Attend a blogging conference.
Check! I went to SNAP Conference in April and came home with new friends, useful business connections, a lot more knowledge about blogging, and tons of inspiration. 
  • Complete, photograph and share my craft room reorganization.
Check! I love my newly-organized room!
  • Improve my photography skills through classes, challenges and practice.
Check! I took a photography class at SNAP and have been practicing with both my camera and my iPhone. I've progressed significantly with my photo editing skills.
  • Try at least one new-to-me craft.
Check! I took a crochet class at SNAP. It was fun, but I'm going to need a more instruction if I ever want to take up crochet!

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And here are my goals and priorities for 2018! Wish me luck!



Did you make any resolutions related to creativity or crafting? I'd love to hear them!

5 comments:

  1. May this New Year be special in every way… bringing you the gift of love and excitement.
    (01/01)From Japan to friends all over the world; Happy New Year! ! https://ryoma2sakamoto.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/01-01from-japan-to-friends-all-over-the-world-happy-new-year/ @Sakamoto2Ryouma

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  2. Love how goal-oriented you are my friend! And super-organized too.
    I wish you a fruitful and healthy 2018! May all your goals be accomplished!

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  3. Good Luck... I generally fail if I'm too specific w/ my goals so I try not to be!

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  4. I'll be happy to just get my craft room unpacked this year! lol :) I love your goals and I highly recommend finding a knitting/crocheting group to join-- there was one local to me in Monterey and I have yet to find one here but nothing helps more than sitting down on a regular basis with your project alongside more experienced people to help you learn! I'd look for one via a local yarn store :) that said, after the basics, the more complex things you can do, I am self-taught. Lots of great things on YouTube (of course!) Happy new year!!!

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