The Hero Workshop in 2008

A year ago I wrote my 100th post and set some goals for 2007. I am now typing my 380th post to review those goals and set some more.

  • I aimed to have 100 heroes and journeys on the main website. There are 128.
  • I wanted to have a minimum of 100 readers per day on the blog. Apart from the holiday period I haven’t had a day below 100 for many months. The highest day was 320 on November 14th.
  • I hoped for one camp presentation of the Hero Workshop. I had two.
  • I planned to present to 10 classrooms. I visited 11. I also presented at a drug education camp to 100 students and two Girl Scout troops.

Typing that makes me happy. There were certainly times during the year where my enthusiasm waned. There were plenty of things that brought it back though. Beginning the relationship with Zeno Franco and Phil Zimbardo was one. Meeting with Jason Fawcett to brainstorm the curriculum idea was another. Working with Steve and Kit always got me excited. Discussing ideas with Karen did as well. And there’s nothing like getting a comment on a post to make me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. I have to thank Whitney for doing that regularly.

Now onto 2008. This post will undoubtedly help keep me on task.

  • 300 heroes on the website.
  • 200 visitors to the blog each day.
  • Presenting to 110 classrooms/Girl Scout troops.
  • Selling five copies of the Hero Curriculum.

So thanks again for reading. Feel free to ask me where I am on the goals during the year.

P.S. – It was silly of me to think I would be able to get two lesson plans out during the holiday period.  When Karen goes back to school I will have the final two posted poste haste.

4 Responses to The Hero Workshop in 2008

  1. Erik January 1, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    Your doing a great job Matt, I love watching the Hero Workshop progress everyday. Keep up the good work!

  2. Lisa January 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm #

    You are doing a fantastic job Matt. I’m very proud of you putting forth such a worthwhile idea and getting it out to kids. As a parent, I think you are doing something incredibly valuable for the youth of today. As a friend, I think YOU are incredibly valuable. And gutsy.

  3. George Brymer January 4, 2008 at 10:15 am #

    Congratulations on a great 2007, Matt. I’m happy for your success and I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  4. Whitney Johnson January 6, 2008 at 9:13 pm #

    Matt —

    Two things:

    1) My friend Lisle has clicked through to your blog and quite likes what you are doing as well. I am hoping for a groundswell of support to get you out here, and we should get you on the list of http://www.yamass.org/ as a featured speaker. Do you want me to make that introduction? I’ve used them — the talent is superb.

    2) I was genuinely surprised when you said that it was difficult for you to put your accomplishments and goals out for the world to see. From your tone you sounded so comfortable doing this, which is why I wrote the post that I did, as per below. The fact is you did it and I didn’t so I do wonder about some gender bias, but I appreciate your sharing this nonetheless. Keep up the great work!

    http://daretodream.typepad.com/weblog/2008/01/sometimes-i-won.html

    Still screwing up my courage,

    Whitney