I did a little bit of shopping today in order to help me get organized with the new project! It was a lot of fun to be taking a step toward getting started:
An expandable file so I can sort the entries. Hopefully this will soon become too small to hold them all.
All of my materials; pen, file, notebook, post-it flags, a calendar, and…errr…writer’s fuel
Then I settled in and got down to business. I’ve printed out all of the entries I’ve received so far:
Lots of sayings, a few stories, some advice, and one classified as “other”. Not sure what I’ll do with that yet. My thinking is that I will see what sort of material I have and then try to divide it by topic and if something seems particularly salient, then I will seek out material specific to what I’m looking for.
I haven’t received a submission on the page in a few days. I’m brainstorming ways to get the word out. I have been using twitter and facebook and this blog and the ThingsMyMamaSaid.com web page. I’ve also sent an email out to my contacts to ask them to spread the word. I think my issue may be that I don’t yet have a deadline. People may feel like they have plenty of time to contribute, so they’ve put it off. OR, like a lot of people have said, they can’t think of any off of the top of their heads.
I’m going to think about a big push next week, maybe venturing out into Craigslist and other public forums and calling in favors from my favorite bloggers. Maybe I could create a button and ask if they’ll put my button on their blog.
Any other ideas for spreading the word?