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This came up recently.  And, for reasons, I think I am going to start this "poor man's poll" and let it run for many years.  It might be of some small influence in the future.  

Feel free to give a thumbs up for as many things as you like.   And PIE people can give two thumbs up for the things they REALLY like.  And you all can add other topics to this list so more people can give thumbs up for those ideas also.

The idea came from a guy who suggested that people vote with PIE.   I think that would be interesting.   But, what the hell, people can vote with PIE if they want.   That would certainly count as "100 thumbs" I think.


 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see my hugelkultur book.   It is now about 75% complete.
 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see my book about community.
 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see Paul's book about fallacy.
 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see a fiction book that smells a lot like HUSP
 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see a book sharing my kickstarter experiences.   I've been taking lots of notes for the last several kickstarters.
 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see a book about PEP.
 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see a book about "Bitter Rocket Mass Heaters".   About the designs that don't work, the bizarre counter arguments ....   basically an attempt to address every negative angle on rocket mass heaters.
 
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Thumbs up for this post if you want to see a book about chickens.
 
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Click the thumbs up for this post if you would like to see a second deck of cards.   I have already made a list of 80 new cards, so I would need to whittle it down.
 
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Click the thumbs up for this post if you would like to see a book about the cards.   Or maybe "bricks for building a better world."   Something that is a page or two for each card or brick.
 
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I hope it's ok to comment. Hugel from a multi year perspective would be good. Not much info out there on year 3, 5, etc. Most info is building and theory.  The follow ups seem lacking.
 
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I think the community book would be the most important, probably followed by the wofati book.

The wofati book would be way more awesome if you don't finish it for 10 years so that more can be built, lived in, repaired, improved..
 
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I too, think the Hugelculture book would be a good place to start, considering your stated level of completion (75%) and then it could be off your list, and in our hands...

wayne fajkus wrote:I hope it's ok to comment. Hugel from a multi year perspective would be good. Not much info out there on year 3, 5, etc. Most info is building and theory.  The follow ups seem lacking.


I like Wayne's idea! A case study section of hugels over time and region, could be nice to see a complete picture.

A PEP book and a "Bitter Rocket Mass Heaters" book also seem to be things that Paul Wheaton & co. are uniquely and/or well positioned to make a significant contribution.

Chickens and Kickstarter both already have a "...for Dummies" book, plus a lot of others... overlap? saturation? impact?
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Thumbs up for this post if you want to see my book about community.



I hope this one will actualize. I think it would be insightful and a source of knowledge on how to deal with people. I have learnt a lot on how to interact with and think of people based on the rule be nice and debate vs discussion and their application on permies.com. Coming from a background where each conversation is a battle in a very long war, learning that I need not have a combative attitude/tone in each conversation online/offline is such a relief and putting it into practice has improved my relationships. Thank you for that and I look forward to more lessons.
 
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I think that the community book is the most important.   And it is the one that **I** need to have out there.  I think I will be able to breathe easier knowing the book is published and out there.  I suspect, however, that very few people will want that book.  But if the book helps the way I hope it will, then I think, in the long run, it will be the most important book.

I suspect that the next book will be the hugelkultur book.   Because that is the one that people want the most.   It will sell well in the beginning and it will sell well in the long run.   It will also be the easiest to get to market.  

My brain is conflicted on whether to do hugelkultur or community first - a long list of pros and cons for each side.   My heart is certain that I should do the community book first - no contest.

How well the backyard book does will influence whether there will be any more books.
 
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In terms of getting things off your chest and time commitment, it seems like, since you do not believe it will sell well, you could do a low-design, nondescript E-book release format for the Community book(getting the valuable info out to those who need it more quickly) and then you can take your time doing the design/publishing elements of the Hugel book, so your energy spent is more profitable.

Both books get out, and you get the most "bang-for-your-buck" in terms of time investment.

Do you use dictation software? I bet if you ran your podcasts through one, and had a few wwoofers glean through that backlog, you might have half a book already written...sorry if i'm not bringing a new idea to you; I sometimes get stuck in a rut, thinking that the obvious is profound.
 
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The boots are here for physical experiences.   There is one person that is far away that has offered to transcribe stuff (Hi Lori!) but that is a precious coupon that I want to save for just the right moment.

 
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Re kickstarter book.

When I was planning my crowdfunding, I read a lot of books on the topic.  I'm a slow reader, so this was many hours of my life.
Maybe 50% of what I read was dead wrong.
20% of what I read was out of date
20% of what I read was irrelevant to my project.
10% of what I read was gold.

I talked with Paul before launching my Kickstarter.  Memory says it was less than an hour conversation.  Then another one just before launching.  From that, I learned more stuff - more RELEVANT stuff - than I did from all my other research.  

I feel that what Paul has to say on the topic is significantly different and the existing corpus is significantly crappy that Paul's book on crowdfunding would improve the world.
 
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r ranson wrote:I talked with Paul before launching my Kickstarter.  Memory says it was less than an hour conversation.  Then another one just before launching.  From that, I learned more stuff - more RELEVANT stuff - than I did from all my other research.  

I feel that what Paul has to say on the topic is significantly different and the existing corpus is significantly crappy that Paul's book on crowdfunding would improve the world.



A random thought just popped into my head and I wish to share it here before I forget.

Earlier today I was thinking that the kickstarter thing could be left for other non-permaculture people to do and Paul should focus on the stuff more directly related to permaculture. And then I thought about what would happen if 1000(000?) entrepreneur-like people would read about Paul's thoughts on kickstarters... and also, by looking at case studies of Paul's kickstarters, hear about permaculture for the first time.
 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:

r ranson wrote:I talked with Paul before launching my Kickstarter.  Memory says it was less than an hour conversation.  Then another one just before launching.  From that, I learned more stuff - more RELEVANT stuff - than I did from all my other research.  

I feel that what Paul has to say on the topic is significantly different and the existing corpus is significantly crappy that Paul's book on crowdfunding would improve the world.



A random thought just popped into my head and I wish to share it here before I forget.

Earlier today I was thinking that the kickstarter thing could be left for other non-permaculture people to do and Paul should focus on the stuff more directly related to permaculture. And then I thought about what would happen if 1000(000?) entrepreneur-like people would read about Paul's thoughts on kickstarters... and also, by looking at case studies of Paul's kickstarters, hear about permaculture for the first time.



Interesting angle. Is more depth in permaculture information for permaculturalists (RMH, Hugelculture, etc...) more needed than greater exposure to permaculture for laypersons?

Raven found Paul's info relevant and up to date, how much of this relevance relates specifically to creating informational media (books and video) aimed at a permacultural/agricultural/DIY/natural living/homesteading audience (permies folks)? and good timing on the heels of rocket oven kickstarter?
How much translates over to other stuff on Kickstarter generally, such as: good preparation, budgeting, good rewards, stretch goals...  Would it help someone trying to make another iPhone gadget?
 
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I think a book on community would be really interesting if it spoke to your concrete experience in relation to David Holmgren's theoretical writings on the topic.
 
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