BLOGGING - I want to have a semi-structured calendar to send out blogs. I realize now I approach writing a blog as a huge event! Shouldn't I carry a notebook around (which I have tried to do before) and make an effort to record some random ideas and thoughts I have? I'm going to try to post new work regularly, review books I have read (maybe a blog on the Steve Martin book An Object of Beauty will be next), and maybe have a guest blogger or two!
I plan on reading and commenting on more blogs in the future. Commenting on a blog is like leaving your business card around town, just that you are leaving it on the internet.
WEBSITE - Sadly, my website was not updated in 2010. I need to update my website quarterly. I've made notes and written ideas, but never followed through. I have photographs of all my artwork, but they are on discs sitting next to my computer. What good is that doing anybody?
NEWSLETTER - One thing I accomplished in 2010 is learning how to use Constant Contact. I want to learn more! My goal is to send out a newsletter on a bi-monthly basis (starting with a holiday newsletter prior to the end of the year), and I want to expand my email list by a minimum of 150 people in 2011.
INVENTORY - I have investigated several inventory options, and over the holidays I'm going to start recording my work. This way I will know where every piece of art I have made is at any given time. I also want to keep better track of the materials that go into each piece, therefore giving every piece a unique story to share.
SUBMIT - There are several websites out there that feature artists, or publish articles written by artists. This is something I plan on investigating and finding the right fit for me.
MISCELLANEOUS - I want to learn to use the video on my camera, duh! I will try a new art technique every month - and top of the list is experimenting with burning paper using unique things such as gunpowder, hot wax or incense.
INVOLVEMENT: I am a member of the Women's Caucus of Art in Georgia, the Atlanta Collage Society, and a past member of the Atlanta Artist Center. I want to do more than just pay my dues!
PERSONAL GOALS: I will make exercise a part of my life. I will also begin journaling (this goes back to carrying a notebook to record those random ideas). Other things include eating healthier, meditating, and getting organized.
I grew up with the belief that what you do on New Year's Day is what you will do for the remainder of the year. Because of that belief, I have a tradition of tying up loose ends the week before New Years, cleaning out drawers, closets, filing, etc. That leaves me able to do my favorite things on New Year's Day -be it reading, painting, exercising - the list can go on and on. I feel this is a positive approach to begin a new year!
Thanks fo Alyson Stanfied, The Art Biz Coach, I know what I will blog about before the end of the year - my accomplishments in the past year, which she suggested in this recent blog.