2008 Revisited

One of my Turn-Your-Character-Into-a-Cephalopod Commissions

In the beginning of 2008, I posted a list of goals for the year. Now, with just 4 short weeks left in 2008, I’m revisiting those goals to see how I did. I want to see how realistic they were (to help me set goals for 2009) and to see what was really important to me and my art business.

  • Register my business by March

Done last February. Early next year I have to renew it.

  • Redo this blog to greatly expand its content and interactivity

Um. Yeah. I have great plans, but when it comes down to it, I’d rather paint than write code. Maybe over Christmas vacation. I’d love to make this thing chock-full of good information and daily content updates.

  • Trim my website into a portfolio

Over Christmas. I swear. This is easier than redoing the blog, and probably more important…

  • Time all my projects with the new stopwatch Santa got for me

I did pretty well at this, especially for the big paintings. Knowing how long it took helped me figure out how much to charge.

  • Complete the 100 Cephalopods project

I did, like, four. This goal was way too ambitious. It’s still on my list, but I think it’s a lifetime goal rather than annual. It’s too time-consuming and not very profitable.

  • Promote my art on MySpace, Facebook, etc.

Waiting until I redo the website.

  • Obligatory really vague goal: strive to always improve and learn

This one worked! I learned something new with each big project and maintained previously learned skills. That rocked. I highly recommend it. Focus on one small aspect of improvement for each project.

  • Do 10 shows and/or conventions

I attended 7 conventions and showed art at 2 others. 9 total, pretty close! I may trim this down next year simply because I ran out of vacation days at work and haven’t visited my grandmas in waaaay too long.

All things considered, I think I did well! Next year may be tough, art-wise, because I recently got engaged (that wasn’t on my 2008 list) and am likely getting married in 2009. YAY! But! Business will grow. Damned if I know how yet, but it will… I promise. Hold me to it.

3 thoughts on “2008 Revisited”

  1. Congrats on the engagement Meg! Maybe you and I can swap wedding ideas. ;)

    You did pretty well with your goals for the year and it’s good that you’re using it as a guideline for next year. Can’t wait to see what the plan for 2009 will look like…

  2. Thank you both!!

    I’m really looking forward to 2009. And Rita, let’s definitely swap ideas. For starters, I think I’ll design my own invitations and get them printed online…

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