2018 has been a bit of a non-starter thus far. At least that's how it may look from the outside looking in. For me it's actually been moderately productive. I've been thinking, note taking, planning, and even strategising. I have a good idea where I want to be and what I want to be doing by the end of the year, now I've just got to make it happen. Easy right?
Goals are a personal thing, and they can change over time. Four years ago I would have loved to be getting paid for the odd photography job outside of my day job at the paper mill. Fast forward to now and the paper mill is getting demolished for housing and all my money comes from photography. Sitting here near the start of 2018, my goals have changed. Some of them at least. I still want to keep getting better at photography. I still would like to make money from my skills as a photographer. At the same time I realise a need to diversify what it is that I do. Add other potential revenue streams. Look to get work in other creative sectors than motorsports.
I've also had to look at myself. The things I do that have both worked in my favour, and the things that have stopped me from developing. It's easy to say I do this, that and the other perfectly. It's a little bit more tricky to look at yourself and ask "how am I holding myself back?" In fact, it sucks! Things like complacency, lack of discipline and a reluctance to put myself "out there" have all hindered professional progress. Now that I'm aware of these issues and flaws, I can work on them. Take this blog as an example, I've started again with it. Deleting the 6 other posts I had posted over the last three years. That's right. an average of two blog posts a year. Complacent. Lack of discipline.
So what can we expect from 2018? That you are going to have to wait for, but there will be more content, more often. Next time there might even be some photographs.