I don’t recall the full expansion of the SMART acronym used in goal setting, nor do I care to. I’m pretty confident about Measurable and Realistic components. I think Timed is probably a fair bet. That’ll do for now. I’m keen to set some measures of success for this blog, some goals. Time? All of these are on a one year horizon. Measurable? Yes, all of them (but I need to finalise the ‘gear’ metric) . Realistic? Without commenting too heavily on my lack of self-discipline or my tendency to retrospectively twist tasks to suit my will, they all come under the category of ‘achievable by a sane semi-skilled competent human’.
- Write 200 posts, of a varied nature (see first post)
- Create at least one print-on-demand book
- Sell 25 prints (I have radical plans for this)
- Make 150 work prints (I will not put up for sale any photo I have not made a work print of)
- Have work published in at least one magazine
- Reduce amount of gear (cameras and lenses, maybe measured by net income from gear sales/purchases)
- Will writing about the photographs of others bring me greater direction or ambition in my own photography?
- Will writing about my own photographs lead to a greater understanding of them?
- Will writing about camera gear allow me to more easily say goodbye to under-used equipment or cause me to seek out new items for future blog posts?
- Will my unique print sale plans gain traction with the print-buying reader?
Stay tuned, these could haunt me.