Resolutions 2018

Oh, howdy!

I’ve been focusing on staring at my kids (not really), making videos, and messing around with pencils and paint. I haven’t prioritised The Bloog. But, I always like doing the resolutions thing! So here are my 2018s:

 


 

DAILY

  • art journal
  • meditation
  • kindness

WEEKLY

  • monaco video

MONTHLY*

  • 12 books
  • 12 movies
  • 12 travels

OVERALL

  • follow your curiosity
  • make the time to do it interestingly

 


 

I think I’ll find the “12 movies” the hardest one to do. I’m bad at watching movies and TV shows.

I talk more about my resolutions in the latest Monaco Video!

 


 

* 12? – well, that is to say, one per month. One book, one movie, and one travel (AKA “get out more!”) per month.

Exit Survey

When I first learned about exit surveys, I thought they were a brilliant idea. At the place where I worked, I felt like * so * much * energy * was put into getting new staff and new customers, and if just a bit of work was put into retaining staff/customers, life would be much cooler for everyone. We had a high turnover of staff, and so when I heard that exit surveys had been implemented as part of the leaving process for staff, I thought: “Aha! Nobody listened to my feedback, but now they will have to listen to all the people who are leaving, and maybe things will change!”

Nothing really changed. It wasn’t until I quit the company that I realised exit surveys for staff don’t get truthful results because:

a) you don’t want to burn bridges,

b) you don’t want to waste any more of your precious time on a company that didn’t value you (therefore, write “I am leaving because I was interested in other opportunities” and be done with it!),

c) you just don’t care anymore – if they didn’t listen to you before, why tell them the same things in the exit survey? and,

d) the problems at the company are so big, you can’t answer a question like “What, if improved, would have caused you to stay at the organisation?” without your head exploding.

But the idea stayed in my mind. Over the years, sometimes when I’ve decided to stop giving a company my custom, I’ve remembered the concept of the exit survey, and thought about how so many companies must be unaware of why they lose customers. I was just thinking about this today, as I’ve decided to try a new hairdresser and I was thinking: the other one will never know why I stopped coming. Maybe they don’t care, maybe they have enough customers, who knows!

In other news, I’ve been busy with my kids and making art and YouTube videos.

See you later, alligator. 🐊

Four Tet – New Energy

I’ve loved Four Tet for a long time. This new record is beautiful, again, again.

Only a few tracks are free here, but hopefully you have Apple Music or something and can listen to the rest.

Vlog Project (Monaco Video!)

At some point in my chats with Michelle – via letter? email? carrier pigeon? – we mentioned how we’d love to try making videos or podcasts. Michelle then said, OK Fox, I’m up for this idea! Let’s do something!  But at the time, I was burnt out from working on a business idea that was stuck in the mud and I said, Gimme August to think about it.

I asked her if there were any women doing videos like the Vlogbrothers, and she couldn’t think of anyone.

Then during August, I went on holiday and sent Michelle a postcard, where, on the spur of the moment, I wrote about maybe sending each other video letters (vletters?!).

Hilarity ensued.

I’ve been enjoying the project sooo much. Watching Michelle’s videos, making my own ones, even editing. I thought I was find editing really hard and incredibly boring, but I haven’t! I think I love working in an area where I know nothing, and I have so much to learn. Happy dance.

Welcome to our vlog project (aka THE RETURN OF MONACO VIDEO).

 

Monaco Video