I like the spirit of a New Year Resolution, but as everyone knows that has ever made one, they usually don’t last more than a week or two at most. Especially resolutions to do with quitting part of your regular routine. To stop doing something takes immediate work. Which I’m not good at anyway. So last year I decided my resolution would be to start doing something, and my timeline would be all of 2008… So every month I started smoking more and more. Just kidding. Last January, I laid out some works goals for CartoonSmart. Here they were…
Not teach every lesson myself. Kind of a trust issue there. CartoonSmart is my baby, so to let someone else in and teach lessons was a tough decision at first. Fortunately a guy name John Nyquist stepped up and offered to teach Blender, and since I hadn’t even heard of the program at the time, I was fine with someone else teaching that. And John proved he was an excellent teacher, and brought some 3D lessons to the previously-2-dimensional CartoonSmart. John broke the ice, and since his lessons in March, I’ve hired on many more teachers for a lot more software than just Flash. So, big check mark next to goal #1.
Start a CartoonSmart forum. I put off starting one since almost the beginning of the site, so I decided 2008 would be the year. It took me till July though to finally sign up for one. Which takes all of about 20 minutes. So you can get a sense for my pacing here. 6 months to do 20 minutes of work. Although it did takes a few days to really figure out the administration end of managing the forum.
Start a “real” blog. I had a CartoonSmart blog before, but I updated it once a month at most, and only when new lessons came out, which was pointless because anyone that knew about the blog would have also been on my newsletter list. So September was the month for getting this current incarnation of the blog rolling. And to my surprise, I’ve not only been updating it regularly, but I also REALLY LIKE updating it. And as regular readers know, I’m a huge advocate for artists keeping a blog. It’ll keep you on task, even if its just your closest friends and family that visit it, at least you’ll know that they know you’re falling behind if you haven’t posted new work recently. Plus a blog is super SEO friendly, and can replace a regular portfolio website if you don’t already have one. And once you get setup with a blog, you can start broadcasting yourself via RSS or connecting it up with your Twitter account (like this) So there’s all sorts of Web 2.0 shit that manly dock workers would laugh at you for even thinking about doing, but thats why you don’t work on a dock.
Launch the Affiliate Program. Again, here’s something that took almost no time to put together that I waited months to start on. October to be exact. It didn’t even take any programming because Payloadz.com (our product delivery server) gives me all the code ready-to-go for the affiliates, all I had to do was tell people it existed. Actually I spent 2 or 3 days making fake box art (as seen to the right) for the affiliates to use in a promotional kit (here by the way)
Switch servers. This took a whole year for no reason. I could have just done this in January, but it felt like a December thing to do. CartoonSmart.com was previously on a dedicated server, now its on a slightly faster dedicated server. This really was a dumb thing not to do earlier though because I’ve had both servers for a year.
So you see the point here? I’m slow. Veeeerrry slow. Maybe you are too. But a year is a long time. And thats what I needed to get all this done. And to remind myself 2008′s modest to-do-list still needed to-doing: high tech scraps of paper taped to my monitor. Anyone care to suggest some 2009 stickies to tape up?
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