I am happy to say that finally, finally, the Book Blogger Creativity Project has been completed by all of the groups (that plan on finishing). Yes, it took until December to complete the BBCP, the project that I started in August 2015. (To see the initial post, click HERE)
I’m going to be brutally honest in this post. I messed up. I had an idea, thought it made sense, and put it out to the world.
(Me coming up with this idea)
Just so you all have some context- I didn’t “limit” signups for BBCP- everyone who applied was accepted- so I was in charge of over 100 people, (118) to be exact. I formed 13 groups and had 9 people plus me in each group.
I then challenged each group to come up with a blog post idea/feature that was unique. I was hoping that this would spark some creativity in all of the bloggers so that people would be more motivated to blog.
I didn’t want there to be a specific “leader” because the whole point of the project was to work together, as a group, rather than having one person make the final decision for everything.
HERE IS WHAT I LEARNED:
- When making groups, ALWAYS pick a leader.
Near the middle of the project, I assigned “ambassadors” as unofficial leaders, and it definitely helped, but I think that if I would have started earlier, it would have made the whole project run smoother.
- Set deadlines!
Again, I was relaxed with this. I told everyone that I wanted this to be done before November, but that was the only deadline that I set. This became an issue, and the project dragged because no specific deadlines motivated people.
- Time zones are important!
Some people weren’t able to contribute as much because they were in a different timezone than the majority of members in their group. It’s important to consider that when forming groups.
- It’s important to promote chatting in order to build new friendships.
One common theme that I noticed when I read through the wrapup poll that I asked the members to fill out was that they didn’t feel like they bonded with their teammates. This makes me really sad, because one of the main points of the project was to make new friends.
- Life gets in the way.
I mentioned earlier in the post that originally, 118 participated in the BBCP. By the end, a lot of people dropped out, and only 70 people actually ended up participating.
As more and more people dropped out, I felt horrible. With all of the features that I’ve organized, this is the only one that I felt backfired spectacularly.
But, here’s the thing. While I felt like the project failed, the participants apparently felt differently.
As I mentioned above, I asked everyone who participated if they would be willing to fill out a brief anonymous form so I could see what their thoughts were on the project. 37 people answered, and their comments really surprised me!
One thing that I asked was for them to rate their enjoyment level from 1-5 (1=lowest, 5=highest)
Here were the results!
|Rating||# of responses|
I also asked if they would be willing/want to participate if I hosted this in the future.
It turns out that only 3 people said no! That means 34/37 people would participate again!
I am going to admit- I was shocked. Absolutely shocked. After all, I really felt like I messed up badly, but according to everyone else…I guess I didn’t?
(This was me after seeing the results)
Now, at this point, you may be asking- what is the point of this post?
Well, there are a couple of points.
- Just because you THINK that you failed doesn’t mean that’s always true.
- Everyone is allowed to make mistakes- your friends will forgive and support you.
- If you mess up, learn from your mistakes, and do it better next time!
Also, I wanted to thank all of the BBCP members for sticking with me through this project. I appreciate it more than you know! <3
Here is a link to all of the posts from the BBCP members! Make sure to check them out- because I am really proud of everyone for coming up with the features that they did! <3
I’d also like to give a shoutout to the teams that unfortunately didn’t make it…thank you Green, Gray, and Purple Team. You are sorely missed. 🙁
But, I don’t want to end this on a sad note. I want to hear from YOU!
Have you ever created a feature that failed? What did you do? Did you learn from the experience? Also, what feature/team did you like the best? I loved how creative ALL of the ideas were!