Back in January 2013 I set out some objectives (as described here) making sure that the followed the STAMP approach I explained here. Now that June is winding down and the year is half-way through I thought I should take stock on progress. Psychologically this allows me to pat myself on the back, re-focus and even reset some of the objectives I had. So how have I done so far?
Progress in 2013
A quick summary of progress:
Apart from the general work, my writing for Starburst Magazine (which had no specific targets) has taken off this year as follows:
|Printed in magazine||
|Published on website||
A mix of successes which is not a surprise. A cynic would suggest I spend too much time blogging and on building my brand in science fiction (particularly the Starburst work) but anything that need research, writing up and acceptance by one or more editors is valid even if it is a small thing.
Clearly some targets have been neglected (letter writing) and others were set too low. I am doing so much Starburst work it probably needs a Key Performance Indicator rather than a target. The difference is a KPI is a measure of outcome and any target element is a baseline for measurement not a measure of success or failure. This is a somewhat subtle point that comes up in Service Level Management and I don’t propose to get side-tracked discussing it here.
New targets for the end of 2013
|Finish short stories||6||Up from 4|
|Publish articles||10||Up from 6|
|Publish letters||0||Not a priority|
And some KPIs around Starburst:
|Printed in magazine||Six items|
|Published on website||Fifty items|
I won’t make any predictions about my blog!
I’ll see you in December to determine if the year was largely successful or not!