A few days ago, I announced the August 2015 Personal Experiment Challenge.
My pitch was pretty simple:
If there’s something you want to change, something that hasn’t been working in your life, or something you’ve always wanted to try, now is the perfect time to try something new for a month. If you want to create a new habit that will help you reach your longterm goals, this is a great excuse to make it happen.
And, for this month, I’m going to be coaching and supporting anyone who decides to participate.
When I published that post and sent out an email announcing the challenge, I didn’t really know what kind of response to expect. In the past, I’ve announce an experiment that I was doing and invited you all to join me. That’s been a lot of fun, and you guys have done amazing things in past experiments.
I set up a private Facebook group for anyone who wanted to participate, and I figured maybe a dozen or so people would join me in there and we’d talk about our experiments and offer support throughout the month.
Well, then, things escalated quickly.
The announcement post made the rounds on the social web (thanks for sharing it), and I started to hear from people on Twitter and Facebook and Reddit. We even had the two highest traffic days ever here on the blog.
By the end of the day, instead of a dozen people wanting to participate, we ended up with more than a hundred.
I think that’s pretty cool, and I’m super excited about all the amazing experiments you guys are taking on. But since I wasn’t better prepared for such a big response, I screwed up a few of the mechanics along the way, and this post is about fixing those glitches.
Join Us On Facebook
I’ve heard from a lot of you that you haven’t been able to join the Facebook group. That’s totally my fault because I’ve never managed a Facebook group before and I didn’t know what I was doing. You used to need an invitation to join, but now you can click this link and simply ask to join.
There are some really amazing things happening in there, and I encourage you to jump in and join us if you want to be a part of this challenge and give and receive support and accountability from a very nice community of people.
I have no idea if anyone here is on Reddit, but if you are, we’ve created our own Monthly Experiments subreddit where you can keep track of your experiments and support other people doing the same.
Shout out to /r/DecidingToBeBetter for the support and the suggestion. 🙂
This Is Evolving
I’ve written before about how this project is all about embracing your own evolution and taking little steps toward big goals. If you have ideas about how to make this project better, don’t be shy.
If you want to join us in the Facebook group, come on in and say hello.
And if you want to tell your friends about the personal challenge you’ve taken on, you can click this link to tweet it out.
Thanks, and stay tuned for more updates!