My most ambitious undertaking yet: #nlgs18 starts TODAY

Perfection is the enemy of done.

In the last month, I’ve bought an LMS, finalized a list of 50 summer activities, expanded it to almost 60, installed a forum, connected that forum to the LMS, spent a full week troubleshooting login/permissions issues, and lost track of everything I’ve done regarding email list segmentation.

And I just sent an email to… to… shit. I don’t even know how many people have signed up to play as I type this just before midnight last night. Guess we’ll find out.

If you’re a gearhead like us, I think you’ll enjoy this game. It’s the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done online. It’s going to run all summer long—three months—and it starts today.

Join us –>

T-minus 2 days to #nlgs18

So busy I almost missed three days in a row!

We’re up to something like 60 special activities for the next level gearheads this summer. I’ve got some placeholders stood up in the LMS and Google Drive. Only about three actually have content behind them, so I’ll give you one guess what I’ll be doing with every minute of free time between now and Thursday, when this thing officially launches.

Yeah. I’ve got a literal shit-ton of copywriting to do in the next 48 hours.

But I’ve also got to do the following:

  • Build out the sub-forums & connect to the activities
  • Pre-populate those subs w/ conversation starters
  • Figure out the easiest way to get players access
  • Email the players basic instructions by TOMORROW NIGHT
  • Check on our magical scoring box

It’s gonna be crazy. But it’s gonna be awesome.

Here goes nothin’

Thinking about things in terms of other things

Course > lesson > topic > quiz.

Program > module > insights > review.

It’s tricky building something new for the first time. I’ve worked with curriculum before, and I’ve used technology to build it, but I’ve never been responsible for the whole shebang.

Check this out…

#nlgs18 is being built on LearnDash. It’s a $200/yr LMS.

LearnDash is connected to BBpress, a simple—and free—forum plugin. We’ll all be helping each other out in the cozy confines of a private forum.

BBpress is getting extended with BuddyPress, which is another free plugin delivering improved group and display features.

This is all built on WordPress, my content management system (CMS), which is also free, albeit hosted on a $30-ish/mo, optimized DreamPress plan from DreamHost.

Which is all a great way of saying I’ve added online degree programs and a forum to my blog.

It’s all in how you think about it, ya know?