Thursday, June 7, 2012

2012 Second Quarter Goal Check In

Can you believe that we're already in the sixth month of 2012?  Some of you may remember that I set goals for 2012 and am doing my best to check in with them on a regular basis.  You can see my first quarter up date right here.  Here's how things have been going the past few months.

1.  Have 140 sales on Etsy in my randomcreative shop.
To date, I've had 32 sales in my Etsy shop for 2012.  I have increased my frequency of sales slightly since my last check in and am averaging about 1.5 sales per week.  I'm still expecting to have an increase of sales during Christmas in July and the holiday season and am still hopeful that I'll at least hit 100 sales for the year.

2. Introduce and continue to develop my new herringbone line and its charm/pendant components.
Right now I have 10 wrap bracelet/necklace pieces, 6 charm sets, and a handful of other single strand herringbone bracelets in my shop.  I actually have less charm sets than my last update because some of my designs have done pretty well.  I will continue to restock the popular designs and will be adding more over the next few months.

3.  Double my current long term earnings on HubPages.
I had a couple articles go viral in February and March and did more than double my December earrings in March.  As many of you already know, my traffic dropped significantly after Easter and still hasn't recovered.  My earnings in April and March were not what my March earrings were, but I'm still seeing an increase from December and am confident that I will double again before the end of the year.

4.  Make at least one new greeting card design per week.
I don't have a tally of how many greeting card designs I've made for 2012, but I have definitely continued to meet this goal.  I will continue to list some of them on Etsy and am planning to be fully stocked for the 2012 holiday shows.

5.  Expand my craft show lines.
The biggest thing that I've worked on for shows thus far in 2012 is greeting cards.  Now that the weather is warmer and I've had a fair amount of time to recovery from the huge holiday show creating binge, I'm getting excited about working on magnets, tacks, pins, and hair pins again (which involves opening windows while I'm gluing with E6000).  I'm glad that I have all summer to work on building that inventory.

6.  Complete a minimum of 6 EBW challenges and 6 BBA challenges.
I participated in the January-May BBA Challenges and the February-May EBW Challenges (there is no January challenge).  I will be participating in the EBW June challenge and have started working on my July entry.  I've nearly met the BBA goal and will meet the BBA goal with the July challenge, so no worries here.

7.  Participate in 4-6 craft shows.
I now have my February open house and May craft show behind me, both of which were successful.  I've been accepted to five holiday shows so I'm in good shape for this goal.

8.  Starting making this blog more profitable.
I have gotten a number of positive comments from my blog sponsors about traffic and exposure that they've gotten through my promotions.  I just got a new blog sponsor at the beginning of last month, which was exciting.  I've also started generating regular earning from ads.  When I say regular I mean consistent earnings, not big bucks.  It's a start.

9.  Better list making organization.
I'm really proud of how well I've done with keeping up my new list organization.  I have separate notebooks for "to do" lists, Etsy listings, and HubPages brainstorming and keyword research as well as a less frequently used notebook for non-jewelry Etsy listings.  This new system has made it much easier to go back and find old notes when I need them.

So far not bad!  I'll check in again with my goals sometime in September.

Check out goal updates from a couple of my favorite bloggers.

How are your 2012 goals going?

Where I Linked Up Today:
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  1. No, I can't believe it's June. It's weird that I'll have to start thinking about my holiday shows soon, ugh.

    It sounds like you've been doing well! Overall, my goals are doing fine, but there are still a couple of things I haven't even started/done, and the year is halfway gone. Time to get on it!

  2. Hello from the blogging team!
    What a great list :D I cant believe we are 6 months in either; this seems like a good idea to check in with our goals too! Really great to see how well you are getting on and it has really inspired us to get us some more structure too :D good luck with the next set!

  3. Sounds like a great set of goals Rose. It's pretty crazy to think about how far you've come and then how far we still would like to get! I'm happy for you that you're well on your way to meeting your goals for the year, I wish you much success!

  4. Oh my goodness, I am tired just from reading your goals! What a good idea to take stock every quarter of how you're doing.

  5. I can't believe it's June already. It didn't really hit me until I typed the date in on a tax return yesterday and realized that 6 is half of 12 so the year is flying by! Good job on your goals so far! I have to go dig mine out and see how close I am to meeting them. My main goal is to get organized and I'm failing at that miserably.

  6. go!! good luck with your goals!

  7. I laughed at the last bit with the difference between regular earnings and consistent earnings. I can hear that snarkiness in there in a fun way. It will be great when you are making the big bucks!

    I need to write down my goals. I am already making more than I did last year but without writing things down like you did then I cannot possibly know what needs to be changed or how I am doing. I am doing that right now.

  8. Sounds like you are meeting and exceeding you goals. I can't believe it's June already, and soon we will be talking about holiday sales. You have some good plans in place and I am sure you are going to have more success in your next 6 months.
    Everyday Inspired

  9. Where the heck has this year gone anyway. It's flying by. Good job on the goals. I wish I was as good at reaching them as you are

  10. Great job with your 2012 goals! I'm glad your charms are doing well :) And you're doing so well with show and inventory prep as well!

  11. you sound very organized and meeting your goals are looking great! So glad that your craft shows are going so well. Congrats is in order for all that you're doing! {:-D

  12. Dear Rose, It sounds like you have your eyes on the goal and know how to make it happen. I am happy for you. Blessings, Catherine

  13. Wow, you are rocking your goals! Great job on being so organized and determined.

  14. Great work with all of your goals!

  15. I like that fortune!

    Thank you for linking up at today's It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising.



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