My annual review of how I did with my goals I stated last January. In many ways I obtained them to a point. One I totally blew off…again! Like Scrooge in my favorite Christmas story, one must look back before going forward. Here I go.
1. Improve “seeing” photographically. As a photographer, this is a skill I will always be working on. This year I feel I took a major step in the right direction in all the kinds of photography I enjoy doing from sports, industrial, events to travel. The photos I selected for my Best of 2011, to me, tell stories and invoke feelings more so than in past years. I hope I am not looking at them through rose colored glasses. 🙂
2. Time Management. I judge myself a minor success here. I have done a better job of editing and processing photos, scheduling blogs and finding time to enjoy the things in my life which matter to me. Hey, I even left my camera in my room at Walt Disney World not just once but twice on my last trip. The world didn’t end either when I did.
3. Build a Website. I took a major step in the right direction here. I have decided to use the WordPress.com service for my blog going forward. I have customized my Smugmug online account for better ease in use and worked on ways for people to find it easier.
4. Promotion of Website/Blog. Okay, I listed a number here. Let us see how I did. According to WordPress, my blog was viewed 57,000 times in 2011 for an average of 4,750 views per month. In 2010, the blog averaged 2,675 views per month. I wanted to double that to 5,000 views per month. Missed it by THAT much! I promoted the blog via Twitter, flickr, FaceBook, photography forums and, a new comer to the Social Media world, Google+. I tried to be consistent and it looks like it paid off.
5. Six (6) Photo Assignments. This one I meet 110% with the extra year long assignment some of you participated in. These assignments still remain my most popular posts in visits, participation and feedback I get from all of you. Thank you!
6. Six (6) Photo Book Reviews. Yep, totally nixed this one. I did not review a single photo book in 2011. Not like I do not have any to read, mind you. Not to mention eBooks.
7. Take a Photo Workshop/Tour. I fulfilled this goal a couple of ways. I took an online photo workshop in the Spring on Night Photography. Though these were not formal workshops, I consider my trips to Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in June and Walt Disney World in October and December where I interacted with, learned from and taught other photographers in a combination of workshops and tours.
You know what is coming next. My goals for 2012! Tune in tomorrow.