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DAY TWENTY-EIGHT – SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2013

Erin Hopmann

How do you feel about the project?
I can’t believe it’s coming to a close. The benefits of writing daily have revealed themselves to me. I intend to – if not daily – continue writing as a means to sort through stuff. (Daily is… tough! A commitment.) I think I need to revisit the book collecting dust that a friend of mine gave to me years ago: The Artist’s Way.

What’s the plan?
Day 30 (tomorrow) is timed well with our release of our new pricing structure (stay tuned for a newsletter announcement on what exactly this’ll look like!), as well as Phase I of the home page changes. We’re holding our breaths that the release doesn’t also release a ton of bugs.

Jess gets married this weekend. The goal is to be in a good spot with losing a third of our team for a few weeks, and I have no doubt we’ll be fine (of which I keep reminding her).

How has this project impacted Dabble?
The million dollar question. It’s absolutely been a good thing personally, but if we rewind 30 days, would we decide to do this project again if we knew then what we know now?

The short answer: definitely.

The longer answer: we’ve learned a lot about Dabble, what role it plays for people, and how it can continue… in a way that we’re comfortable with. I think that’s been the greatest result of 30 Days. A few months ago, we fluctuated dramatically between “we can totally make this work” and “ohmygod, how can we continue?” We were having a hard time getting past the fact that we weren’t totally comfortable with the evolution of our business. It wasn’t where we had pictured landing, and it was tough to come to grips with.

Enter 30 Days. The public discussion about our challenges has allowed us to work through problems with people – users and non-users alike. Which, in turn, has given us the confidence and reassurance that we needed to say, here’s what we’re gonna do. It’ll work. And we’ll figure it out.

We don’t have it all figured out just yet, but we’re in a much better spot than we were 30 days ago. And that, I think, means the project has been a success.

DAY TWENTY-EIGHT – SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2013

Jess Lybeck

How do you feel about the project?
Good. Other than a good amount of brainstorming, I took a little break from Dabble stuff today. I’m less than a week away from wedding. Most of today was spent on the back patio of a good friend’s house making centerpieces & favors while watching the football game. Wedding stuff, eating pizza on the couch and a movie finished off a perfect Sunday evening. It was a much-needed breather. I’ll be refreshed & ready to start in on Dabble tomorrow morning.

What’s the plan?
Testing new fee structure. Planning announcement of fee structure to users & investors. Finishing up last little icons & bits of the new homepage design. Planning development priorities and prepping Erin for when I’m away for a week-and-a-half. Checking & re-checking my sanity. Smile, enjoy the moment. Repeat.

How has this project impacted Dabble?
I think much of the impact is yet to be seen, but already I’m seeing good things coming from this project. We’ve recognized that our community of Dabblers and teachers is truly a community – one that is willing to come together and support us when we need it.

I think the bigger impact has been on us as a team. Erin & I have been able to step back and really appreciate what has been done and accomplished already with Dabble.

We appreciate where we are as a company and take action based on total, ruthless honesty with ourselves. It’s been amazingly cathartic – and I feel that it’s starting a change within me. Honesty with yourself matters. It brings other people closer. I’m going to do my best to be brutally honest in my everyday moving forward.

Odds & Ends
It will be weird to set these things into motion with Dabble and then disappear for a full week. It’s going to be difficult to leave Dabble during such an exciting time. It helps that I trust Erin totally & completely. I’m looking forward to unplugging. I haven’t taken a vacation like this in a long time (usually I do a little Dabble work no matter what). For my honeymoon, however, I’m not bringing my computer and not even checking my email for a full week. It’s a time to shut down.

 

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