If you've been following the Museum for a while you know how much I despise New Year's. I find it depressing and awful for numerous reasons, and I NEVER make resolutions or set goals because I feel horrible when I inevitably don't meet them. That said, I do enjoy exploring what I would like to see happen in the coming year for the Makeup Museum - aspirations rather than resolutions. And while I know you're probably sick of seeing end-of-year blog entries, I do want to take a quick look back on 2012 at the Museum and see if any of the aspirations I listed last year came to fruition.
What I aspired to do last year:
"Research pop-up museums and see if something like that would be doable." I did research them, but still didn't have any idea how to make it happen. I think I might abandon the idea for now unless someone makes it incredibly easy for me - i.e., approaches me with an appropriate space rather than me having to hunt for one.
"Continue making exhibitions a little more 'museum-y' by adding accompanying labels." Done and done, and I must thank the husband for laying them out, printing them, and helping me select the paper.
"Unveil a series of special exhibitions." Check! Only two special exhibitions appeared in 2012, but I think a total of six exhibitions per year (including the four seasonal ones) is pretty good for a fledgling museum.
"Make some progress on the long-talked-about coffee table book." Okay, completely dropped the ball on this. Oops.
"Be more organized
about blogging so that I actually write posts on time (gasp!) rather
than writing a bunch and back-dating them all. It's a very bad habit." I was doing really well with this until I had a major career upheaval in May. I tried to get back on track but in the end, was still fairly tardy in posting things on the day they were supposed to be posted. Still, I managed to write 202 posts, a significant increase over 2011's 121 posts.
"Most importantly, research social media to see how to get more people interested in the Museum and following the blog. A corollary aspiration to this is to not get too down when I still get no substantial increase in interest/followers, and continue posting as if people actually read this blog. I've been basically talking to myself since the Museum's inception, but I'll keep doing so because I believe in what I'm doing." Well, I did really try to get more interest and it sort of worked. Subscribers in Google Reader more than doubled in 2012. It's still a tiny number, but it's an improvement. I also got over 100 followers on Twitter. To those of you whose followers are in the thousands, this is definitely small potatoes, but it's a lot to me. Finally, I got several very nice emails inquiring how to make an appointment for a Museum tour. While I had to explain that the Museum only exists online at the moment, I was still tickled that people wanted to visit in person. One of the inquirers was a professor from the UK who asked if she could take her class on a tour!
One thing I didn't set out to do was create new blog series. In 2012 I came up with two: MM Musings and Color Connections. They're nice additions...maybe not groundbreaking, but I think they definitely make the idea of a Makeup Museum more cohesive.
As for 2013, I hope to continue making progress in all areas. Specifically:
- Overhaul the website to make it more of an online museum and less of a blog. I'd still be blogging away, of course, but I definitely want the website to look more like these examples. I also would love to add a searchable inventory/database of all the objects in the collection.
- Related to this would be to take better pics of the objects. I think this will involve buying a new, fancy camera (my current one is 5 years old and is a very basic model) as well as lessons on how to use it.
- Both a website overhaul and a new camera will be expensive, so if I find that I can't afford one (or both), I want to at least be able to keep up with writing and posting on time.
- Get more into collecting vintage items. I have a couple of collector's guides on the way to me from Amazon, so I hope with their help I'll get some quality pieces that also somehow won't break the bank. It will be tricky to buy vintage items because I already spend quite a bit on contemporary pieces, but I think going forward it will be important to have at least a couple vintage pieces in the Museum's collection.
- Continue doing special exhibitions in addition to the seasonal ones.
- Make some damn progress on the coffee table book already! Even just one paragraph would be good.
- Lastly, this is a total pipe dream that I'm not going to pursue, but I'd love to create a sort of sister site to the Museum that would be a traditional beauty blog with product reviews and swatches - no collectibles. I am primarily a collector of makeup, but I also buy a ton of it to actually use, and since my stash is so big I could do lots of helpful shade comparisons. Ah, if only I could quit my day job and blog full time!
So that concludes what I want to achieve on the Museum front in 2013. What do you hope to accomplish, personally and/or professionally?