What can you do in 30 days?

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By now you probably know the story. I started this year by deciding I was going to do 30-day resolutions, rather than make a single new year’s resolution that had to last a whole year.

Inspired by an act of generosity by Derek Sivers, I decided that one of those projects would be to give away 30 ideas in 30 days.

Andrew Wicklander took that as a challenge and committed to building and launching one of my ideas within 30 days of that process. Today, it’s live. It’s simple and it’s awesome – and it’s about doing thirty day projects.

It’s called ThirtyDayProject.org. Go play with it!

My favourite thing about it is that rather than just tick off days as ‘done’, you can also share a link to where you’ve shared the thing you’ve done.

I love this line from Andrew’s blog post about it:

There was no point in me trying to make a website that stores photos better than flickr, or videos better than Vimeo, or music better than Bandcamp. Plus, there are too many sites in the world that are trying to confiscate people’s creativity. I wanted to project it.

Exactly.

This is awesome
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. What Andrew’s done here is amazing. He took my very simple idea, made it better, then learned how to make the website while he was making it.

And this isn’t the only one of my 30 ideas that’s been turned into something real and worthwhile.

Ray Kuyvenhoven has launched IdeaCyclone.com, which is based on my House of Spare Ideas idea. I’m yet to have a really good play with this, but I’m nearly ready to start sharing more ideas, so this is definitely where they’ll be going.

He’s also responsible for the brilliant website MixtapeForYou.com, based on the I Made You A Tape idea.

The point is this: Ideas are easy. Making stuff is hard. What Andrew and Ray have done is awesome.

So – what are you waiting for? Share your ideas on IdeaCyclone. Make someone a mixtape on MixtapeForYou – and go start your own ThirtyDayProject!

Table of contents for 30 Days of Ideas

  1. The other way of following first
  2. Now we’re up and dancing
  3. 30 days of ideas – 01: Keymash
  4. 30 days of ideas – 02: Radio Alerts
  5. 30 days of ideas – 03: Only Famous (a romantic comedy)
  6. 30 days of ideas – 04: Modcasts
  7. 30 days of ideas – 05: Numberless Calendar
  8. 30 days of ideas – 06: SpringCleanr
  9. 30 days of ideas – 07: Street Gallery
  10. 30 days of ideas – 08: Smart Business Cards
  11. 30 days of ideas – 09: Recordings in Concert
  12. 30 days of ideas – 10: Vinyl scanner
  13. 30 days of ideas – 11: Photo Stack-and-Scan
  14. 30 days of ideas – 12: A Box of Cool
  15. 30 days of ideas – 13: Karaoke-Tube Celebstar Idol
  16. 30 days of ideas – 14: I Made You A Tape
  17. 30 days of ideas – 15: Newspaper download codes
  18. 30 days of ideas – 16: Pebble Splash
  19. 30 days of ideas – 17: Digital radio, somewhere useful
  20. 30 days of ideas – 18: Public domain music collection
  21. 30 days of ideas – 19: Blog cast-list automator
  22. 30 days of ideas – 20: The Retirement Pile
  23. 30 days of ideas – 21: Nationalise EMI
  24. 30 days of ideas – 22: The Stainless Steel Rat (the movie)
  25. 30 days of ideas – 23: WordPress Bandcampify template
  26. 30 days of ideas – 24: Rollercoasters as public transport
  27. 30 days of ideas – 25: Next-gen personalised music radio
  28. 30 days of ideas – 26: New Music Trust
  29. 30 days of ideas – 27: Tamagotchi Gardening
  30. 30 days of ideas – 28: Charity shop clothing subscription
  31. 30 days of ideas – 29: ‘Now Playing’ social music app
  32. 30 days of ideas – 30: House of Spare Ideas
  33. Mixtape for You by Ray Kuyvenhoven
  34. What can you do in 30 days?

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