I've been quiet here on the blog because I'm preparing for my upcoming Photo Organization Project (14POP), an accountability group to help people organize their digital photos.
This is a new kind of "product" for me, because it's not a physical item that I made. It's something I've wanted to experiment with - combining my project management expertise and my creative interests, and figuring out something that's more scalable and digital than a handcrafted scrapbook or even an individually hand-stamped metal pet ID tag or gift.
My original goal for 14POP was to get 10 people registered. I set a really low goal, because marketing and "getting the word out" has always been the hard part for me. It takes time, and sometimes just luck - getting your item in front of a large interested audience, for example.
I got that serendipitous boost by being invited as a guest on my favorite podcast, The Paperclipping Roundtable. (Serial is my second favorite.) A lot of my participants heard about 14POP on that show.
Right now I'm closing in on 50 participants, which is amazing. I've been working hard on the content for the past several weeks - breaking up the organization tasks day by day and explaining them, drafting the emails that will be sent out each day, and creating worksheets for people to track their progress.
Some of this is very similar to what I do for my work as a software Project Manager, and I'm encountering that same feeling of "flow" - getting lost in my work and loving it. Last night I meant to go to bed around 8pm because I'm fighting a cold, and when I looked up at the clock after writing more content, it was already 11:30pm!
This project is going to start in 2 days, on January 1. People are still registering (5 in the past 2 days!) and I'm so excited to get started!
If you're interested, you have until 10PM Pacific time tomorrow (Jan 31, New Year's Eve) to register. I hope you'll join us!