I think we’re close enough that we can reasonably start this thread now
First, take a look at your 2017 goals and give a little progress report. After that, take a look forward to 2018!
Here are my two goals from 2017:
17 countries with 100+ ratings: Right now, there are 6 countries (Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Canada, Germany, United States) that I have 100+ ratings from, so I’d like to get that up to 15 this year. A couple of them will occur quite shortly (96 from England, 92 from Norway) and a few won’t be that hard (Sweden, Spain, France, Italy, Denmark). Getting to 15 would be safe, so it would be fun to hit 17.
This one I missed the mark on. Even though I managed to get all of the countries I listed to 100 with relative ease, I definitely didn’t get close to 17: I started with 6 and finished with 13. Definitely overly ambitious, though I was probably assuming that I would come out of Hong Kong and China with 100 ratings of each.
Reach 90 countries: I’m currently at 76, though I think I’m at the point where the easiest ones to access are pretty much gone. Sure, the shop around the corner sells beer from the DRC and Cameroon (which I’ve obviously done already), but I’m basically at the point where I need to get out to some new countries this year (that said, I squeezed in thirteen countries last year, so I just need to pick something different this go around) to add to the list.
This goal I knocked out of the park, as I picked up 22 new country ticks to reach 98 countries. It wasn’t even because of one singular trip (though three weeks in China and Hong Kong managed to get me Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Laos), because I just had a combination of good luck and a highly beneficial trade.
I have three beer goals for 2018:
- 20 countries with 100+ ratings: I’m going to be a bit more humble this year and hope that I can maintain the same pace in 2018 as I did in 2017. I have a few countries that I can safely get over the line next year: Czechia (70), Estonia (87), Hungary (81), and Portugal (68). I’m going to Hungary in the spring and the other three should be easy to accomplish once I move back to Amsterdam. Beyond that, I know of a couple of events coming up in Brussels next year that should give me some help on countries like Lithuania, Scotland, and Serbia.
- Reach 115 countries: I have no idea how the hell I’m going to manage this one, but I managed to overshoot this year’s goal by eight. I’ve reigned in my goal a bit from the pace I had this year, but why not, eh?
- Enter the top ten in the country h-index: I loved this stat when I first read about it and find that I sit in 31st place at 27 countries with 27+ ratings. I have the second-lowest number of ratings on the top 100 list from that thread, so it’s pretty easy for me to climb up the rankings. As it stands, I only need to get that number up to 35. Easy!