Review of 2011

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. 🙂

Images of 2011

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 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.

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12 Responses to Review of 2011

  1. Sybil says:

    Scott, I’m surprised you don’t have more hits than that. Heck, I sure bop into your site on a very regular basis.

    Interested in seeing your 2012 goals.


  2. Karma says:

    Congrats on meeting those goals, Scott (even if you blew off the book one!)


  3. Gerry says:

    I think your success with the “seeing” goal has made your stories–not only the photos, but the text, too–richer and more detailed. You dig deeper.


  4. Sounds like you did pretty well… except for that book review thing 😉


  5. milkayphoto says:

    As always, Scott, a pretty good year for you! Keep it up! 🙂


  6. Nye says:

    Scott, I think you did well, I personally learned a lot from you last year. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge. 🙂


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