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’

#nlgs18: Getting up at 5AM *every* day.

A look back at small success.

A couple months back, I realized I’m a morning person.

Just kidding. Morning has its charms, for sure, but there is little pleasantry in being awake when your body would rather not be. Ideally, we could all just go to bed and wake up when we felt like it.

I realized it makes more sense for me to get up early to work on GBXM than to workout. It’s easy to get online. It’s not easy to get up and do something you don’t want to do.

And if GBXM takes off, I’ll be able to plan exercise wherever it works for me. Not having to commute, alone, would put nearly two hours back in my day. And it would truly be MY day for once.

In any case, the urgency of getting #nlgs18 launched on schedule has proven beneficial.

Monday and Tuesday were rough. P work up with bad dreams or such just before five both days.

Wednesday was the first day my alarm woke me. It also wakes V. Who is fine with it when I actually get up.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday? I just woke up between 4:50 and 4:58AM, dismissed the alarm, and got to work.

Sunday too. So I went an entire week getting up at 5AM—even on the weekend, when I could have slept in. I run out of steam a lot earlier in the evening than I did last week, and I’ve been staying up later (often to 11PM) recording podcasts, but I’m easily getting an extra day out of the week just for GBXM stuff—a full eight hours of effort.

#nlgs18dones

  • email signup form: done (enough)
  • landing page: done (enough)
  • announce & get some players: done (enough)

Small success. Now to turn it into a big one. It’s time to purchase a Learning Management System, connect it to my forum, and start building activities. (And, put on my Marketer hat to get the word out.)

There’s a simple signup form and no-bs explanation of #nlgs18 here, by the way:

#NLGS18

The irony of Overland Expo

This is my second time at OXW.

The first was back in 2016, when Chazz and I were actively marketing Adventurist Life magazine. We had a little booth off the back of his Land Rover Discovery on the vendor midway.

It was a lot of fun—even if I DID get TRASHED Saturday night and missed my chance to interview Earth Cruiser owners about their incredible, Mitsubishi Fuso overlanding machines Sunday morning.

Overall, though, I really didn’t know many people. At least, not beyond their names, anyway.

Today, things are a little bit different. I’m walking around OXW on a mission to meet some new people and get to know the ones I already know a bit better while we can hang out in person.

The irony of Overland Expo is that I feel like I’m going to get more out of the one day I’m there this year representing Gearbox Magazine than I did two-plus days in 2016 representing Adventurist Life.

#GoConfidently