And away we go!
Welcome to the Digital Writing Month Launch Party! From 12:01 to 1:00 AM UTC, we’re gonna spend some time getting to know one another and getting ready for this 30-day challenge… all while mucking about in the digital.
If you haven’t already, open a new window or tab and start following #digiwrimo on Twitter. That’s your go-to spot for conversation, information, and collaboration.
This year’s DigiWriMo has redefined what “writing” is by opening up digital projects to the visual and audio. And so during this one hour romp, we’ll be tromping around in three different media: text, image/video, and sound… not necessarily in that order. Below, you’ll find three micro-projects that will help us get to know who you are, where you are, and what your plan is for Digital Writing Month. Feel free to do these during the first hour of the event, or whenever you happen upon this post and want to get started.
Who Are You?
Due by minute 20 of the launch party
Objective: Create and post to Twitter a Vine introduction of yourself.
- Go to Vine.co. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to download the app to your phone and then sign up using your Twitter account.
- Using a mobile device with a camera, create a short video that gives us an idea who you are. Note: You can be as creative as you like with this intro; it doesn’t have to be you saying your name into the camera or anything. Maybe you’d rather your dog or cat star in the video? Or perhaps the late-night pancakes sizzling on the griddle right now represent you best. Or maybe it’s just a long contemplative shot of the carpet you’re always staring at.
- Be sure to include audio in your Vine.
- Post a link to your Vine on Twitter using #digiwrimo in your tweet.
- Congratulate yourself on taking this weird, brave step into the digital.
Where Are You?
Due by minute 40 of the launch party
Objective: Create and post to Twitter three (3) images of your environment.
- Using your mobile device or other camera, create a photo essay of your environment using three freshly-minted images. Maybe these are pictures of your desk. Maybe these are pictures of the gerbil now occupying the living room since the spinny wheel is too noisy for the kids’ bedroom. Or maybe they’re pictures of the French toast that follows immediately upon the late-night pancakes. Be creative, and be honest. Where do you work? What in your environment is significant to you?
- If you have time, play with the images. Use filters.
Crop generously. Sharpen, heighten contrast, deepen shadows. Whatever works to get the message across. Oh yes, and think about what message you’re getting across.
- If you have a Flikr or Instagram account, post the pictures there and then tweet the links using #digiwrimo. If you don’t have a Flikr or Instagram account, consider starting one, or just upload the images directly to Twitter.
- Have a bite of something tasty. You deserve it.
What Are You Going to Do?
Due by minute 60 of the launch party
Objective: Complete your introduction and project goals on the DigiWriMo Roster, and post an abridged version to Twitter.
- Take a look at the Roster on our site. If you have trouble seeing it on the site, you can also find it at bit.ly/DigiRoster.
- Using the truly amazing example set by Sean Michael Morris, complete a quick introduction to yourself, including your Twitter handle, and information about what you hope to accomplish during DigiWriMo.
- Browse other introductions. Maybe say some friendly things in the comments. Or find someone to collaborate with. Find others to follow on Twitter. Definitely find others to follow on Twitter.
- Before the hour is up, post an abridged (140 characters or less) declaration of your goals for DigiWriMo using #digiwrimo in your tweet.
And now, seriously, get some sleep. It’s gonna be a busy month!