How’s This Working for You?

Posted by – January 17, 2009

It’s working well for me, but I’d thought I’d check in to see how this site/email combo is working for you. Any suggestions? Requests? Feedback? Too much info, not enough? Leave a comment or hit reply to this email.

The research is going well. I’m slightly concerned it might be too cold to shoot outside at the skillshare a week tomorrow, if this punishing weather continues.

7 Comments on How’s This Working for You?

  1. Tate says:

    I think the site is a great idea, and the logistics work well. I’d love to see more discussion in each of the threads as they’re posted, but that’s about it.

  2. Jim says:

    Someone else said:
    “I’m enjoying it. It’s keeping me in the loop, reminding me not to forget about this project. I can get a little too focussed on what’s right under my nose, and forget about other stuff lurking at the periphery. ”

    And yep, Tate, more discussion would be good, I agree. But relative to other online projects I’ve done, the response so far has been better than average.

  3. Sean says:

    I think it’s okay. I was hoping for more conversation.

    I think it may have worked better as a mailing list, where a simple reply is all that’s needed to participate instead of having to go to the website (and then you’d see everyone’s responses as well). For those who’d find it too heavy on the email, they could have it delivered digest-form.

  4. Tate says:

    The conversation/discussion might just take some time to get going. I think any forum with a small number of people takes awhile to reach a critical mass of postings / feedback. The good news–it’s early in the process, and has a following, so the conversation’ll probably pick up as the project gets a real head of steam going.

    Also, more specific topics concerning production might draw out deeper debate as shooting draws closer, like: what camera would work best for this project? Should it be shot on HD? What kind of hard drive system would that entail? Etc.

    Seems like a good start, though.

  5. Dave says:

    Since the comments are dispersed amongst the 18 (so far) categories, I’ve been trying to figure out how to read the most recent comments in sequence without having to click through each category one at a time.

    To do this I just go to the ‘Manage Comments’ page below, right?

  6. Jim says:

    Sean: Might just try a mailing list next time, but there’s something nice about the way a blog archives stuff.

    Tate: Yeah, I think it’ll ramp up as needed.

    Dave: Yep, that’s one way. I’ve added a sidebar thingy with the latest 15 comments, to make it easier.

    Thanks for the feedback guys!

  7. Flick says:

    I like this cos it’s nonlinear. I can jump in and search the categories etc.

    Email would be more chronological – that’s great for the person running the project trying to get things done in order, but if it’s a general discussion / advice / problem-solving forum, any open issue could solicit a eureka from the feedback gang.

    Jim, I notice at MEDIA TEMPLE (my webhost) they have support system set up like a blog page (just like this), but each topic is listed as OPEN or CLOSED. That way people jumping in could look for an open topic they think they can provide useful contribution to, and jump in.

    Set up more like a non-linear staff / board meeting.

    I’m digging it. A FAQ might be useful, so’s I know what I’m supposed to do, i.e. not post dozens of short posts… ha ha.

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