June 30 – Something You Want To Share
aka. Post 30 of Those 30 Posts in June Blog-Every-Day Posts
I’ve been building to this all month because I’ve been working on and thinking about and scratching away at it all month with the intention of posting about it on the last day of the month. So, without further adieu…
My daughter, age not-quite-nine, is interested in current events.
If you’ve been reading along you may have noticed a theme in my posts: I’ve been writing about the news itself, wondering aloud why we even bother with following the news, thinking about kids and how they read or listen to the news, pondering ideas for dealing with complex stories and young minds, and considering unique ways of engaging a young, distractable audience.
So this is my project: thinkdrop.ca …and it’s just barely getting started.
I have a laundry list of ideas of where I want to take this thing, and I’m just starting to check off the first few items.
Thinkdrop (though Claire suggested I call it “KidzNewz” specifically spelled with multiple Zs) is a news “explainer.” At least that’s how I’ve described it on the site. It’s not “for kids” or any specific age group or target group: I’m simply writing it so that Claire could understand the stories and learn more about current events.
Simple language (though that is easier to say than to actually write) and short “drops” of information.
So far, I’ve created this all from scratch: I’m building my own content management software in PHP & SQL with a web application approach. I’ve built a content model. I’ve designed a brand with logos and a style approach. I’ve written about a half dozen articles. I’ve created a secondary support/supplementary content model. I’ve recruited a willing and able live-in beta-tester (who works for room & board.) And I’ve started (lightly) promoting it on social media… to the twitter equivalent of a few interested glances and words of encouragement.
I’m not an expert, but I’ve got about four or five years of “simplifying” it for my kid experience.
I have some lofty add-on goals, too. I’m hoping to publish at least 3 articles per week (for now). I have a development plan with version updates & enhancements (and some important deficiency filling) mapped out for at least another two sub-version updates. And I’m working on a submission/editorial model (probably for around version 0.5) for if this thing starts to grow wings and (big, BIG IF) I can find someone(s) else who might be interested in playing along.
Then, as I alluded to above, this is just the core of a much bigger idea that, as much as I’d like to share it with you it’s… y’know… well, we’ll call that bit proprietary IP at the moment. Company secrets. A plan yet to be unveiled… because I don’t want some random reader to pinch it and wander off to build it themselves.
With that, I conclude this crazy month of blogging and step into something probably crazier. From one idea to the next…