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  1. This is a great post, (I love everybody’s year-end reviews), as well as a reminder to finish my year-end review. Hopefully I get it done before the last day of the year. πŸ™‚

  2. Love the review Carrie, congrats on the great year!
    I’d love to hear about your content strategy /journey (maybe as you go through it? πŸ™‚ ). Excited for you also with no traditional client services.
    I wish you mucho success in 2017 (didn’t know I was bilingual, did you?).

  3. I like how you teach through and hopefully that has been generating some revenue. The new site looks good and your photos look fantastic (really, I like them). I listened to a podcast during the year by Darren Rowse about having a “Start Here” page and noticed you had a button with that title… and that took me to your About page. You are good on video and your Texas-twang is distinct (I love it)… maybe you should create a professional two minute video (great video and audio) that tells your personal WordPress story.

    Keep going!

  4. Hey Carrie,

    For a change, I wanted to work on the “Cobbler’s kids have no shoes and I am a digital marketer with a crappy website” thing, and I certainly want to put it on that list called “New Year’s Resolution”. I wanted to work on this before the year ends and I did.

    You are the expert, you tell me how it looks.

    But here’s the rub: I want to get away from the client model too. I’ve been doing this for 12 years now and It’d need away to educate and take to the teaching online with courses model. Really, anything other than dealing with clients who want the moon for their chump change.

    I am a marketer, and that’s where the skills are. But, I’d love to know what you think about it?


    • Changing your business model is no small move! If possible, try slowly weaving in education (or other revenue sources). Going cold-turkey off client services (which I’m guessing is most of your revenue?) would be painful.

      • Hey Carrie,

        No, I didn’t want to move suddenly. Totally agree with you on slowly weaving in other revenue sources.

        It’s just that it feels so intimidating moving away from the services model — we know that so well (although it’s only partly fun).

        It feels like that the same moment several years ago when I had quit my job. The leap of faith, again? Damn, does this ever end?


  5. Thanks Carrie. I always enjoy your annual review but this one is even more thought-provoking than usual. It’s all too easy to keep on doing the same old thing and I admire your courage in doing that tricky soul searching and making the leap to something more rewarding.

    My year has been less dramatic, but it’s good to reflect and appreciate what went well (and what didn’t!) Here’s my own business review – I’m optimistic about 2017!

  6. Thanks for the honesty around why you left Crowd Favorite, Carrie. I have never been able to work for someone else full time and do my own thing. It is just too darn much work. I’m glad you made the choice that was right for you!

  7. Great post Carrie, I’ve been doing year end reviews followed goal setting for the new year for about three years. I find it to be a great way to reflect on not only the wins, but the losses and also set the benchmark going forward.

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