|The best way to hear about the current Mom's reactions, comments, and the overall success and/or failures in this project is right here. Feel free to comment, as that's what makes the Postcard Project even more fun!|
|Will - PostcardsForMom Creator
You? - Main Postcard Prankster
|Your Mom? - The Next Postcard Victim
Postcard Project Update - Saturday, October 22, 2005
Sorry for the delay, I'm new at this and I had to figure out how to use this blogger thing.
Thanks to those of you who have replied to my initial post, I appreciate your support of this project.
Ideas? What are your ideas for selecting our next Mom? Yes, I would like to stay with the traditional idea of Mom. Maybe in the future we can branch out again, but for now, let's stick with a Mom. Any "rules/guidelines" that anyone would like to see set up? I have a few ideas, please feel free to expand on these: No matter who we choose, the chief prankster should have practically unlimited access to the person and communication with that person as well as living close enough to get pictures and first hand accounts. This will provide for better updates and gallery input from the chief prankster. I would also like to set some sort of timeline, such as giving the chief prankster a month for the first gallery update, and post at least twice a week. If it doesn't happen, we move on to a new prankee. I don't think this is too much to ask, but what are your opinions and ideas? Some time back, someone had mentioned that we scan what we send to the prankee (for the gallery), I guess that would work, but it sure is more fun to hear about the reaction that went along with the card. Please share your thoughts and ideas.
I'm ready to get this thing moving again, let's go!
Postcard Project Update - Thursday, October 20, 2005
Okay guys, here goes . . . sure hope this works, I am a blogging rookie . . .
Hello, this is "Jenny from Missouri", I hope that all of you regulars are still hanging in there and I hope we can shake this site back up and make it great like it was in the beginning. If we have enough interest out there, let's give this thing one more try and see if we can get back on track with The Postcard Project and Postcards for Mom.
First, let's let the selling of the site go (the e-mail address panic) Will was respectful enough to offer the opt out and not only that, I think that maybe, just maybe we won't have to worry about that - read on . . .
I'm not going to whine and moan about how things have turned out, I am going to try to move forward with a positive approach. Our dear Will has agreed to keep ownership of the site if we are interested in keeping this going. I have volunteered to be on the front line and help out with the day to day stuff (any more volunteers?) stirring up interest, picking a new Mom, marketing, etc.
So, how about it? Can we do it? Can we the PCFM fanatics make this the fun it once was? Can we straighten up and fly right? Let me know and based on the responses here, we will decide what action to take next - hopefully selecting a new 'victim' he-he.
Postcard Project Update - Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Ok Folks here's what's going on. I'm going to be brutally honest. This'll probably upset some people, and others won't care.
For the most part, I'm estimating that there are only about 25-150 people out of the 800+ on my mailing list that actually participate in the Postcard Project. I'm sure they have a good time screwing with our victims. Out of that amount, I'm guessing that only about 20-30 are active readers of the blog. That means, that when an update is actually posted, they comment, and they check the site a few times a week. This also means that only about 30 of you will even read this.
The Postcard Project has been a blast (at times) for nearly three years now, but I'm pretty much finished trying to keep this limping along. We have a good two months, then it dies for two or three. I've got quite a bit going on, promoting a new book, designing websites, all theother things I usually do. I don't have time to do this anymore.
I've asked for help, had a few minor volunteerisms, but no one has stepped up and said they'd run the show. I'm not interested in begging anymore, and I honestly have lost the drive (as I mentioned a few weeks back).
I'm blown away that no one with more gusto than myself hasnt already copied the idea. Or maybe they have, I just haven't stumbled across them yet.
So what happens to the coolest prank on the Internet? Well, I may sell it. By that, I mean I'd sell the website, the already committed 'following', the complete design, the gallery, the hosting, and the newsletter (email) list of 800 people that at one time were at least intrigued by the idea. How much will I get for it? Who knows.
The website has been in the Washington Times, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, on over 70 radio stations across the country, mentioned on many others, been on a few TV stations, and is linked on hundreds of websites across the world. I think it's worth something, but I'm not sure what.
And then again, maybe I'll never sell it. Maybe it'll just go away. Or maybe someone will step up and promote the heck out of it. All I know is that I've got to step back and focus in other places.
I'm sorry if this upsets the few of you who are loyal pranksters. I've received some great emails over the last few years, and I've made some cool friends. Things come and go, and for me its time to go, or at least step back.
PS - My Mom is not happy with this, either. She's got plaques, postcards out the wazoo, and memories galore from it and hates to hear what it's come to...
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