For several years now, I’ve published an annual “looking ahead at the new year” post here on Puttylike.
I started calling it an anti-goal-setting post because, as time goes by, I find the traditional notion of “goals” less and less appealing and helpful for me. Instead of having specific, measurable, well-defined goals, I prefer to have overarching themes or directions for the year.
I’ve learned that I’m happiest when I enter into new endeavors without strict expectations for myself. I do my best work when I give myself permission to pay attention to how I’m feeling, and modify or change course if necessary.
That said, this year’s post probably qualifies more as a “goal-setting” post than an anti-one… at least as far as Putty work is concerned. You’ll see what I mean; there are two pretty specific things I’m hoping to accomplish in the next 12 months:
1. Puttylike 2.0
Oh my gosh, how overdue we are for a redesign at Puttylike! Back in 2010, I hacked this site together from a few WordPress themes. And although it’s been more-or-less functional for eight years, it is REALLY time for an upgrade.
The redesign will be a massive undertaking. I plan on retaining the style and character of Puttylike (the branding is really just me), but the new site will be more modern, functional, and beautiful. It will hopefully be easier for readers to find relevant posts and share articles.
The redesign is part of a bigger vision or mindset shift that I’ve been moving toward. I’m trying to see Puttylike less as a personal blog and more as a really high quality media company known for its amazing content: that’s what I’d like Puttylike to be, anyway.
As you know, we have a new editor and new writer, who are doing awesome work (this is in addition to our other amazing writer—don’t mean to leave Neil out!). I would like to add more writers and a greater range of diverse voices to the site, get back to publishing articles twice per week (instead of just once), and place a greater emphasis on things like personal narrative, social justice, and mental health—in addition to publishing more of the helpful career/work/productivity content we’re already creating.
I would like the Puttylike community to continue growing and I want the message that “being a multipotentialite is a great thing and that it’s possible to lead a satisfying (and fruitful) life as a multipod” to continue spreading. I would like that to happen, not because of my TED talk or book or some interviews that I give—but because our articles are so smart, thoughtful, helpful, and beautifully-written that people can’t help but want to share them and spend time on the site. That’s really my dream. I think this is the first time I’m sharing it.
So yeah, it’s more than just a redesign. It’s time for Puttylike to grow into what I believe it can be… Something really outstanding.
2. Everything Conference
Speaking of next-level stuff: have I mentioned that I’m co-organizing a conference for multipotentialites in Portland, Oregon next September?! I’ll be sharing more about that in the weeks to come, but for now you can learn all about Everything Conference and join the waitlist here. It’s going to be pretty darn magical!
…and some personal projects
Okay, so those are the big Putty projects for the year. Now for the personal/non-work projects.
December was an interesting month for me. I found myself working on a handful of local projects here on the island where I live. I organized and hosted a queer film night with my wife, Valerie. I performed in a coffee house. I co-hosted a holiday radio show called Weird Christmas. I also began making an investigative podcast about a local island mystery.
I feel really energized by all of these small local projects, and I would like to keep doing this sort of thing. Valerie and I received a small grant to turn our queer film night into a series and host monthly screenings through May, so that’s on. The podcast mystery is still underway (I’m absolutely LOVING pretending to be a detective/reporter, btw… it’s sparked a new interest in investigative journalism). And who knows what other local projects will come up.
So, let’s just say that a big theme for me personally in 2019 is: “local, community-oriented creative projects.” I’m going to leave it at that, and resist the urge to over-plan or spell out exactly what that means. You might call this the anti-goal-setting portion of my 2019 plans. I’m excited about the idea of just seeing where my interests take me and not worrying too much about outcome.
I guess I’ve landed on a mix of well-defined goals and flexible plans, which sounds pretty ideal to me right now.
Happy new year, multipods!!!
I would LOVE to hear about your plans for 2019. Specific goals, loose goals, anti-goals, themes…? Share whatever you feel like sharing in the comments below.