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trying to polish the BRK and the bootcamp page

 
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I have spent a couple of hours polishing the bootcamp page here:

  https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp

And Nicole has done a great job with the new BRK page here:

  https://permies.com/t/114138

I am hoping that we might get some extra pledges into the BRK.   I think this might help us fill out the bootcamp right away.

Plus, I would like to get suggestions from people about further polishing the bootcamp page.   Please reply to this thread with any ideas.  


I am thinking about sending this out on the monthlyish tomorrow and would like some feedback on this also:

If you are reading this, you want things to be better.  If you didn't, you never would have signed up for permies or you would have unsubscribed a long time ago.

Better can come in many flavors.   Sometimes you donate to a charity.  Sometimes you throw your shoulder into a project.   Sometimes you provide some guidance to somebody.  And the best thing is probably to grow a garden.  

In all of these cases, you "pay" up front in the hopes that the "good" bears fruit in the long run.  It's a gamble.  

I am constantly experimenting.   Lately, I've been conducting experiments on human beings.  :)    And one experiment seems to have gotten some traction and I would like to take it up a notch.  The general idea is rather than "pay up front" - it is perfectly "pay only if the goods are delivered" (and by "goods" I think this is both product and "good things" and "good deeds" and "goodness").

A few months ago we initiated the BRK.  A few people put a tentative something behind it to see if it would work.   It worked!  As an example, please check out the hundreds of pics and 100 days of diary here:

  https://permies.com/t/110/102602

This is public and available to the world for free.   Building hugelkultur, plant propogation, plant identification, natural building, woodland care, seed saving, earthworks, alternative energy, homesteading tasks, etc.     If you set a watch on the thread you can get an email every time there is something new - about once a day.  Feel free to post questions or give encouragement.

There are dozens, maybe hundreds of cool things here that still need pics and/or video, and this path seems to working great to get the information out there.   At the same time, the bootcamp program is improving our forward velocity at getting things done.  Our first wofati is nearly ready for the ATI test, and we wish to do the experiments with the freezer wofati.  The PEP1 event is going now, and this project has legs!

Here is what I would like to ask:  check out BRK and add a pledge to the list.  When there is a hundred days of pictures and video out in the public infecting brains all over the world ...   so the work is all done, so there is zero gamble, maybe five bucks or a fun care package ...   it costs nothing to pledge.   And if the time comes that the criteria is met and your circumstances have changed - no problem (just let it go, nobody is going to hunt you down).  

If nothing else, take a look at the BRK and see if this is something that could use your keen intellect to polish a bit.

 https://permies.com/t/114138

I hope that in the next few days we can get the total over $1500 plus care packages.

And if you know of somebody that might be interested in harvesting a BRK, you might want to tell them about our bootcamp:

 https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp


With a tiny push now, I think that in a few years we just might have an amazing permaculture theme park destination!   All built with just a few bucks here and there!  



 
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Tomorrow night I send out the Weeklyish for the Dairy Goat book giveaway. Do we want to big emails going out the same day? I don't think the bulkmailer can deal with that, as the monthlyish takes a good 10+ hours (if I remember right) to send out. Or maybe we combine the two together and the announcement for the Dairy Goat book goes out with the kickstarter?
 
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I could also try to get the goat-book-giveaway announcement tonight (a day early). I should hopefully be able to get everything written and done by tonight.
 
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Excellent point!  

Maybe I can hold off on the monthlyish until tuesday morning?

 
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The boot BRK is now at $855 plus miscellaneous bonus goodies.  I am hopeful that we can bump it up a bit more!  

I love the idea of the care packages!  I am kinda picturing robbie getting six care packages.  How cool would that be?

 
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Bootcamp post, the two cents I could scrape together here.

Punchline first;
This might sound odd, but what if Paul recorded reading the text of the post, and posted it up top for the "Permies-while-driving," and similar folks who aren't/can't read the full post text.

The idea is to reach other people via other formats that you're ot reaching with this. The text is very polished, and seems like it will capture anyone who _actually_ reads it. So, go after the people who aren't or can't read the text.

Obviously the audio file is then cross-postable across the empire.


Preamble second;
Gosh, the boot post seems so polished already, it's really hard to find improvements. Reading it is clear, concise, and enticing. (I kept having to stop myself checking my calendar to figure out how I can go boot up there).

Most of my ideas are to push further things already done (more text formatting to give pacing to the info, more pics of showing to add to the telling). Pushing those further seems like a high-effort-low-payoff thing.
 
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So .... make a podcast?

 
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