Okay, not “predictions” exactly — more like a mix of plans, predictions, and hopes.
For starters, I hope to do a lot more this year. (On the upcoming SGU episode, I say my only resolution is to rock harder this year, which definitely encompasses this site.) I know there are a lot of people around who are willing to help with things, so at this point it’s just a matter of me finding the right people to trust and then making sure they follow through. I’m not the best when it comes to delegation, but dammit I’m going to get better at it this year. Here are some of the things I’m planning to hit:
The past year was packed solid with craziness, so much that there were a lot of things I missed. Like, well, the Skepchick & Skepdude calendars. So, let’s talk about that for a second. (Remember that other post where I said we’d look back, forward, back again, etc.? I wasn’t kidding.) I love doing the calendars, but few people realize just how much work it is, and this year it was just impossible to do while competing in the Talent Quest — it literally requires multiple hours of work every night of the week after I get done “real” work. The past two years, I’ve brought on people to help, and they never really followed through, leaving me with, well, more work.
Here’s the thing: we have a ton of sexy calendar photos ready to go, so we just need to complete the set, put together some calendars, and then sell them. With the extra time, I’d like to get them into stores, or at least onto Amazon. Yes, I will be getting help. Good help.
The Site, in General
New layout, which has been coming for, um, a year. This is what happens when you don’t pay people for things. This could be the year, though!
More updates, more contests, more prizes, more snark.
The Radio Show
I’m waiting on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to say they love it and want to throw millions of dollars at me to keep producing shows. However, I understand that events might not turn out that way. Regardless, I’m thinking — eff that. I’d like to do some more shows, whether I get paid or not. If I can do it, I’ll definitely continue to make them available to NPR stations and go ahead and podcast them.
The SGU Podcast
Like I’ve always said, I love doing the Skeptics’ Guide podcast and will keep on doing it every week. Well, every week I’m able, which should be most of them. For starters, enjoy the very first episode of the year, which is now up and it is fantastic! Despite the weird graphic on the home page. Trust me.
Gatherings of Various Sorts
I’ll be speaking at TAM5.5 in just a few weeks, plus doing a seminar on podcasting with Bart Farkas. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I hope many of you can be there! The rest of you I expect to see at TAM6, coming up this summer in Vegas.
Also, for those of you around Boston, I’d still like to start a Skeptics in the Pub here. It’s on the to-do list, and is one of the things I’ll need some help with, for sure.
How’s that for a look ahead? I’m sure there’s more I’m forgetting, so help me out here. What would you like to see happen in 2008? Preferably, what should happen here at Skepchick — new projects, updated features, new targets? Whatever, get creative and let me know what you think!