Let's go back and reflect on the goals I set for myself a year ago:
I came so close... then I couldn't resist the Black Friday temptation and ended up going on a shopping spree.
B. I will continue the tradition of running my annual summer contest. Fail.
In March I made the decision to switch to a monthly contest in order to reduce some of my summer workload. By November I scrapped the monthly contests too. I'm a huge fan of the interaction, but 2013 proved to be overwhelming inside and outside of my cardboard world. I'll still have contests every so often... and who knows... maybe one day I'll bring back my summer contest.
C. I will build five new sports card trifectas in 2013. Fail.
D. I will start and complete a full run of Topps base cards (during their active playing careers) for Tony Gwynn and Kirby Puckett. Fail.
E. I will complete my 1972 Topps Oakland A's team set. Fail.
F. I will finally organize and update my trade bait lists and Photo Bucket. Fail.
Every now and then, I'll work on this goal. But I never actually finished the job. I'm starting to wonder if I ever will.
G. I will add a 1909-11 T206 card to my collection. Fail.
For over six months, I targeted certain Athletics from this set. Unfortunately, they never fell into the price range I set for myself. I eventually stopped looking.
H. Start trading again on the forums. Fail.
Thankfully these fails are only based on cardboard. It's not like I'm going to die from them. And on a positive note, at least I accomplished two out of the ten goals I set for myself:
A. I will continue to post 3 to 4 times a week on this blog and periodically on A Pack To Be Named Later and Blog of Trade Bait.
This year I wrote 250 posts for this blog and four more for A Pack To Be Named Later. Unfortunately I never posted anything on Blog of Trade Bait, but that's because I never organized my own trade bait in the first place.
B. I will complete at least 12 blog trades.
Based on my blog posts, I made 10 official trades with bloggers over the past 12 months. However, there were several blind trades completed as well. Throw these into the mix and I'm confident I met this goal.
So what's in store for me in 2014? Well... I'm not going to make any new cardboard resolutions. Hopefully I'll be able to build on a few of these failed goals. But even if I don't... the only hobby goal that matters to me is embracing and enjoying the hobby.
As long as I reach that goal, I'll be content.
Thank you to all of you who took the time to read any of my 2013 blog posts. Happy New Year and sayonara!