Our Goals For 2016

2016 goals - the garage venue crew

Hi again! I mentioned in the last post that blogging more consistently was one of my goals for this year, and shortly after publishing, it dawned on me that it might be good to share the rest of our goals for the year. (When I say “we” and “our,” I’m referring to the entire crew that used to make up The Garage Venue staff and now comprises the community of managers that keeps this website up and running.)

We’re pretty excited about what this year holds. Even though we had to close our doors, we’re still a pretty tight-knit family and keep in touch quite often. Before 2015 ended, we all met for dinner and made a collective list of our top New Year’s Resolutions, and we thought it would be helpful to let your loyal website visitors tune in and hear (ahem… read) what they are. So, without further ado, here are some of the things that each of us (individually and as a team) would like to accomplish this year:

Goal 1: Get healthy. I know, I know. It’s the most popular New Year’s Resolution on the planet. But it’s a very necessary achievement, especially in the US where 80% of the population is overweight or obese). I, personally, have started seeing a Charlotte chiropractor to help me get my spine back into alignment after the car accident I suffered last year. On top of that, all of us have committed to a once-a-week dinner at one of our houses, where the host prepares a plant-based meal. Though I won’t allow myself to stop eating meat altogether (I love me some steak!), we all figured that one vegan meal a week would help us stay on track to eating better. We also do a community yoga outing one Saturday each month, led by yours truly. (You didn’t know I was a yogi, did you?) — 🙂

Goal 2: 1,200 new eyeballs on this website. 100 unique visitors a month isn’t an incredibly lofty goal. It’s actually very doable. You might think we’re lazy, but we wanted to set a reasonable goal that we could realistically achieve by the end of this year, so that’s how we came up with this number. None of us are online marketing experts by any means, and we’re not looking to profit off of this website. We honestly just want to build a genuine community of loyal, interested readers. So if we hit 1,200 new readers total by the end of this year, we’ll give ourselves a pat on the back. If we surpass that goal, we’ll buy ourselves a round of craft beers.

Goal 3: Attend at least one live show every month. Again, this isn’t too lofty a goal; we wanted to keep it reasonable and be realistic. Plus, here’s one thing that makes this a tad bit harder: it can’t be just any show; no popular artists allowed. In an effort to support local art, we’ve committed to attending at least one show that’s either an open mic or a music performance by an independent Charlotte artist each month. Given how crappy this city is at supporting local musicians, that cuts out a good chunk of the entertainment.

We only have 3 big goals on our list, and that was done on purpose. Anymore, and we feared we’d accomplish none of them. It’s best to keep your goals list short if you actually expect to achieve what you’ve set out to achieve. We’ll update you periodically on our progress throughout the year—probably once a quarter, so stay tuned!