1 million photos!

Last week, I post­ed about try­ing to fig­ure out what my pas­sion is. I want to fig­ure what it is I love doing, would love to do for the rest of my life, and could real­is­ti­cal­ly get paid to do.

What I did last week was put togeth­er a list of inter­ests and hob­bies, hop­ing it would spur me into more think­ing.

I did think of a few things (open­ing a camp­ing store, becom­ing a chef, and so on), but none of it got me gen­uine­ly excit­ed.

While doing my swim this morn­ing, I thought of what I could do for the next stage of the process to dis­cov­er my pas­sion. I am going to post about some of the things I have done in the past that have left me with a real sense of accom­plish­ment.

First to the bat is the 1 Mil­lion Pho­tos project I did in the sum­mer of 2006.

Basi­cal­ly, I man­aged to con­vince 6,000 Flickr mem­bers to add all the pho­tos they had into a pool that’s only pur­pose was to be the first pool with 1,000,000 pho­tos on Flickr. And we did it in 2 months.

Only one oth­er group has reached that same num­ber, but it took about a year.

That project took a lot of hard work, but it was tru­ly the most suc­cess­ful grass roots, viral cam­paign I have ever been a part of, let alone ini­ti­at­ed and orches­trat­ed.

There was a lot of cold call­ing and a lot of fol­low-up. As well, I pro­vid­ed tools to make it as easy as pos­si­ble for mem­bers to share the excite­ment with their friends.

Look­ing back, it was like­ly the most excit­ing project I have ever been a part of.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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