First of all I want to thank everyone for commenting on Monday’s post, So Many Goals, So Little Time. I took every one of your comments to heart, and made some decisions based on what I was feeling, and what you had to say.
The first thing I want to announce is that I won’t be attending Fincon14. I had a roommate who had a room booked, but she had some things come up and had to cancel on me. Weird, because it’s the second year in a row this happened to me. :( I made a pact to myself that if that happened, I would not pursue going.
The reasons are not all bad and I’m really not upset, because it’s going to help me reach some other more pressing and important goals:
- I’ll have more money for my Croatia trip next year.
- I’m rather unexpectedly going to Detroit in October now to see my family.
- I can use some money saved for that trip for other odds and ends (more on that later).
- I feel like I’m pretty well connected with many of you outside of my blog.
- I don’t really have any huge advanced goals for my blog, where I could benefit greatly from attending another Fincon.
The only disappointing thing is there are some of you whom I’ve never met that I would like to meet in person, and I’ve also never been to NoLa, and would really like to see it someday. So if anyone needs a ticket, I can transfer mine to you for $153. That was the early bird price.
Here are the updates on my other goals:
A huge majority of you were in favor of me learning the Ukulele. By some random circumstance that fell into place, that’s the first thing that is going to happen. I’m currently borrowing my producer’s Ukulele, however (and don’t get mad if you’re reading this Steve), it’s on the very cheap end and loses it’s tune pretty quickly. Still, I’ve been playing around with free tutorials online, and have already been practicing. As a favor for running some errands this past week, Steve offered to pay for a Ukulele class, which starts on July 7th and runs for six sessions. What I will be deciding at this point is whether I stick with his Uke, or look for my own. I’ll keep you posted.
As an added incentive to learn, I registered for a Downtown LA Ukulele-Along on Sept 13th for $10. Sort of like signing up for a marathon. Now I HAVE to train.
Regarding the documentary, I think that most people voted for that second. My plan for now is to flesh out a treatment for the documentary (i.e. outline, who I want to interview, locations, etc.). I think I’m going to think “big” as I flesh it out, and scale back if necessary…because I do think it’s a great idea!
If and when I get close to shooting, I’ll decide on the camera situation. I may buy a fairly low-budget consumer camera just so I have one on my own, and shoot the damn thing lo-fi…or I might be able to borrow a higher end camera. This is another reason I’m opting out of Fincon. It gives me some possible funds for a camera if need be.
I would try to produce some sort of proof of concept trailer for Kickstarter, and see if I can raise some funds to finance it to hire essential crew. If it comes down to it, I can always (and probably will) edit it myself. At least I have that skill!
As far as the other video skits, I can still do them as time permits either borrowing a camera, or using my iPhone (I shot this one on my iPhone). If I’m in it I’ll just have a friend shoot it. Very lo-fi, but people are so used to that kind of thing these days anyway. And they are meant to be just fun and goofy.
Lastly was my thought on learning web stuff using budget tutorial type websites. Right now my gut is telling me this isn’t a huge passion of mine right now. Someone made a good point of telling me I could hire out for certain technical things I’m trying to achieve with my blog, and for now that’s good enough for me. My blog (fingers crossed) is in a pretty stable place that I’m comfortable with.
I also wanted to mention (because so many people asked) that the book I’m reading on stress is called The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living. It’s been a HUGE help, and I will have more thoughts about it next week on Healthy, Fit, and Frugal.
So that’s it! What do you think?
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