Obviously, I fell short on NoJoMo – if only November had only twenty-two days, I would have been fine. Oh well, I will try again next year!
There was a very positive response to the OD Booster Club idea I talked about, so I am going ahead with putting that together, and we’ll talk about it again very soon. I’m going to work up some 8 1/2 x 11 signs and flyers, index card size flyers, and also some stickers (in a standard size) that will be in PDF files and be able to be downloaded and printed by anybody. I’m going to be working out some sort of reward system – what I am thinking is maybe we will have a monthly contest, in which people can submit photo evidence of where they have posted/left these things, and we will pick a winner each month (based on effort and originality) and we will give a prize. Hopefully, we can have some fun with it.
Thanks again for so many great ideas, and such great support – the people here always surprise me.
I’m working on a few slogans to put on fliers/ stickers. Some early ideas:
"Tired of talking about your life 140 characters at a time? Get deeper at OpenDiary."
"Why settle for just a tweet, when you can sing a whole song?" (Thanks, BridgetJonesing!)
"Come see the web’s best-kept secret. Everybody loves it. Nobody talks about it." (Thanks, Starting Over!) *edit* – I had the wrong person here before, sorry!
"Everybody has a secret life they don’t want to share with the world. Come share it with us."
Like I said, early ideas – but you can kind of see where I am going. If anybody else wants to add, please do – I appreciate any and all suggestions! I’m also thinking I may make it so our members can design and upload flier/sticker PDFs – we all know I’m no design genius, and I’m sure there are plenty of people here who can do a better job than me.
I’m also working on some of the other promotional ideas we talked about/you all suggested – I’ll update you on those as necessary, but thanks again for all the help!
I had fun blending real-life and work during November, so I am going to work on something other than the green box for posting personal stuff in the future. Today, down here will do.
Wife and I are spending our evenings on the ongoing saga of emptying our storage unit and moving it all into our new storage shed – last night, we were going through boxes of "Mementos", which are things as old as stuff from our middle school/high school days, up to things the children had drawn or painted for us when we were little.
I found a printout of the very first computer program I ever wrote – it was from 9th grade (I think), some version of BASIC. We had a minicomputer and terminals in our "computer lab" at my high school – nobody had PCs at that point. For the geeks among us, it is reproduced below:
10 REM ABLE11 HR.2
20 PRINT "THIS PROGRAM FINDS THE SUM OF ANY THREE LENGTHS AND"
30 PRINT "GIVES OUTPUT IN YARDS AND FEET. ENTER LENGTHS IN"
40 PRINT "FEET (INTEGERS ONLY) ONE AFTER ANOTHER, USING"
50 PRINT "COMMAS, WHEN ? APPEARS."
70 INPUT A,B,C
90 IF X<3 GOTO 130
120 GOTO 90
130 PRINT A;"FT. + ";B;"FT. + ";C;"FT. =";Y;"YDS.";X;"FT."
140 PRINT "DO YOU WANT TO USE THIS PROGRAM AGAIN?"
150 INPUT B$
160 IF B$="YES" GOTO 60
I still remember being disappointed when I first started using Visual Basic and there was no GOTO statement. Bummer.
After that stellar beginning, I didn’t touch computer programming again until I graduated from college (no computer science classes) and got a job as a systems administrator in a sales office with these new things called "PCs". When I went for the job interview, the machines were still in their boxes, and nobody in the office knew anything about them – so it was easy for me to convince them that I would be a great help in getting them to work (even though at that time, I had never used an actual PC either!).
That job turned into a programming job, as they started to ask for custom database and spreadsheet (yes, with scripting) applications, and since then I’ve done nothing else but computer jobs (well, you wouldn’t really call this just a "computer" job – but you know what I mean).