Sounds good. Josue messaged me back today, saying the following:
Hi Christopher. Thanks for your prompt answer.
I thought that it was perhaps related to my location, but then i tried some DNS servers in the US with no luck.
Anyway, if no one else is having the same problem, great!
I have seen the videos. They are just wonderful and very easy to understand.
i´ll contact the volunteer brigade vi email to see how can i help. Perhaps making the spanish translation will be a start.
I´ll let you know.
I’ve no idea which translations are in progress, how far we are on them, etc…, so I’ll let you guys take care of all that – i’m sure he’ll be e-mailing you soon, if he hasn’t already.
Ron Shimshock, our webmaster, has provided this link in response to people getting a blank page:
That should fix most people’s problems…
Christopher & Kevin,
I noticed the Facebook page hasn’t
been updated in a while. Let’s try to devise a plan for keeping it
up-to-date on at least a weekly basis. Maybe select blog entries could
be re-posted there to give new visitors a sense of recency. We don’t want
anyone to think the page is dormant.
We should also consider activating the discussion board.
Futuo’s recent letter to current members was fantastic and I would love
to see something like that go out periodically as well. At least
something stating how many members we have, etc.
Also, I would like to focus a bit more on promotional efforts. Kevin’s recent suggestions were great and we had also devised an outline for things that we should do to make the page complete and current. I will work on getting the page listed on the front of CM.com as we discussed, but there needs to be a point man to stay on top of all of these items.
Kevin, do you think you can maintain that role and solicit input from Futuo when necessary?
Please let me know if weekly updates are manageable and post a game plan to keep the site active and reeling in visitors to CM.com.
I am very impressed with what has been done so far. Let’s keep up the momentum!
Director of Volunteer Operations
To be honest, daily updates wouldn’t be difficult at all…whenever i’m online, i have at least 2 tabs open in firefox: facebook and PeakProsperity.com. The real question is the manner in which it is done, primarily answering "what should be posted?" and "where should it be posted?".
I’ve been checking the group basically every day – we were right below 150 members before I sent out the message, so I figured we’d jump up and hit 200 by the New Year after it was sent…however, there are only 76 people who have been invited who haven’t responded, down from 89. So, while our numbers have gone up, it’s mainly from people who were already invited, prior to the message i sent. I thought the next good milemarker to put in the recent news would be 200, but it may be a couple more weeks till we get there.
Onto other content. As you can see, I had posted the December 3rd Daily Digest as an example. Posted items are at the bottom of the page, not likely to be seen, and all they would do is refer people to this site; however, it would take 10seconds of my time every day to update if that’s what you want.
There is also the option of editing the Recent News box with whatever, whenever. For that, we could copy+paste all of Chris’s public work (blog posts that aren’t Martenson reports), we could post daily digests, etc…
Oh and for the description – we can change that however we’d like, but generally should stay the same. We could always put a "link bank" in the description or recent news, with links to the blog, the course, volunteer brigade, DVD distribution, etc… (althought that would be a heck of a lot of http://www.PeakProsperity.com/abcdefg).
Great suggestions. I didn’t want to detract from your involvement with the Facebook page, but I was trying to be sensitive to your time commitment to this site, what with your YouTube involvement, etc. I have no problem with you doing everything you are talking about as long as you think you can handle it. Also, I know you’ve been keeping up on it and I apologize if I made it sound like I thought you were neglecting it.
Here’s what I think we need:
You and/or Kevin write up a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Facebook extension of PeakProsperity.com. This would be a word document (also posted here) that describes the purpose of the page, it’s URL, how often it is updated, how invitations are handled, how often newsletters are sent out, which sections the blog entries are copied to and how often, what information is typically added to a newsletter or in the Recent News box (e.g. number of members, stats, etc.), and anything else that involves the operation of the Facebook page. Basically, it is a documentation of everything that you are already doing.
We can then refer to the SOP when deciding what needs to be done with the page and revise it as needed. That way there’s never any question about what needs to be done with it. Also, should we all go away some day, the information is there for others to execute. I plan on doing something similar for the Martenson Brigade Forums and other volunteer coordination activities. Let me know if this sounds reasonable and when it might be able to be done.
Thanks for the comments and, again, I think you’re doing a great job.
Oh I didn’t think you were making any implications like that, don’t worry about it =) I know that if you thought I were neglecting something you’d ask me about it.
Links can be done within a half hour, and i’m sure Kevin and I can whip up a SOP in about a week or so? I’ll send him a message to get the ball rolling on that.
On another note, if you’ll look at this site, you can see a nice little 4-icon example of a social networking box that I think would be very helpful, were it placed on the blog. Obviously the campaign for liberty’s box is huge, but a little box on the side of the blog would probably increase our support on our social networking sites a ton. I’ve no idea what’s required to set that up, though.
That’s a great suggestion. I will share this with Ron & Erik to see if we can get soemthing like that on the blog. Thanks a bunch!
Oh, and 1 week for the SOP sounds great! Keep me posted.
I guess we will need to make some changes to the facebook group if people can only watch the crash course if they register. Perhaps we should change the intro with a link directly to the youtube site. I’m not sure if Chris would consider offering at least the intro and first couple chapters to ‘anonymous’ viewers on his website. At least that way new viewers actually come to his website. It may also be something to simply the facebook page so that there are not quite so many links. Especially now if people need to watch the course on youtube, just having that link, and then a link to chris’s page is probably sufficient for facebook. We don’t want to discourage people with too many links to look at.
Any comments? If someone has the intro/opening chapters downloaded they could also be uploaded directly to the facebook page. That might be even better – I’m just not exactly sure how to do it myself. Maybe this could be my weekend project.
I guess we will need to make some changes to the facebook group if people can only watch the crash course if they register.
I think you may have misinterpreted Chris’ comments. Everyone around the globe can watch the Crash Course on the website, and will always be able to do so. The recent considerations have been about what quality level of videos to provide to each type of user.
The decision was made to offer anonymous users access to lower resolution videos on the website, and to prompt them to register if they wish to watch a high resolution version. Registered members and subscribers will have access to the high quality versions.