Behind every great open source website is the people who contributed to its creation and support crew. This site will be no different. Our goal is to create a site that will fit practically anyone and is enjoyable to use because it does what you want it to as a result of you having a say in the layout and design. That will be a work in progress of course, but will be a quickly evolving product the more and more people who contribute their ideas and suggestions. We’re calling for all your help now, at the very start, to be a part of the force that creates the spark of life that is World Tree Circle. In all the websites you use, what are the characteristics of each that you really love – and really can’t stand, about them?
WTC would like to send out a thank you to all the great folks who have made sites that provide free information for anyone interested. Sites like Wikipedia, Khan Academy, YouTube, and so many others. THANK YOU!
We’ve been having a bit of a challenge finding a mapping program that would allow us to map out the run/bike route while showing what countries we would visit. the number of location per layer seemed to be the sticking point. We even upgraded to Google Maps Pro but haven’t been totally successful. Still not sure if its the program or the user. :/ However, diligence has paid off some what and we do have a pretty decent map to share with everyone so far. There are 3 routes, each in 2 sections (due to the limit of locations per layer). One is for the run route, one for the bike route and one for the driving route the kids, critters and I will have to take to keep up.
In preparation for a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for the run next summer, as well as the other expenses of building a site like this, we have decided to put together some short videos on YouTube. Some are pretty rough and some aren’t bad, or at least won’t be after some more advanced editing. The idea is to make World Tree Circle’s goals and plans as transparent as possible while showing that we’re your average family. No special skills, tricks or great funds – just a really great idea that we are passionate about making a reality to benefit all of us so we’re doing all we can to make it happen.
Check us out on YouTube:
WTC is all about the web being a tool for us to get closer and connect on a personal level. So its only right that we start with the blog. What about some little articles about topics you might see Sun Rays for?
Funny as it sounds, “Where to find a safe public restroom while traveling” is an example that has come up on more than one occasion. Make’s sense though. Don’t you think? We’ll all find ourselves in that situation at one time or another. Unless you never leave your house, of course.
It doesn’t even have to be when you are somewhere on the other side of the world. I mean, what if you’re across town and don’t know the area well? You see my point?
No question is stupid. Or so the saying goes. We all have our quirky curious to satisfy. Whether its where to find a safe public lou or whether frog legs taste like chicken or fish. What questions would you like to ask?
Just a quick update for our followers. We’ve met with our new team several times now and have a game plan that will be going in to action soon. What have we been up to? Here’s what we’ve got going on:
- Planning a Focus Group study for next week. We will be meeting with 5-10 WCU international students to talk about social media and there likes and dislikes over yummy food and good company.
- Finalizing our online survey that will go out to the entire student body at WCU. This 10 question survey will help us get a stronger handle on what people are looking for in their social media.
- Our computer team, Christian and Pat, have started to create the foundation for the website. Soooooo exciting!!!!!!!
- In the “design stage” of creating a new short video to talk about WTC that we will use on a crowd funding site called Indiegogo as well as our site and other online advertising.
And check out “Pictures on the Run” on our Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to see what Clarke has been up to during his runs to train for next summers epic run!
PICTURES ON THE RUN Thanks everyone for checking these out. I saw this snake vine climbing the tree, had to get it. pic.twitter.com/OjGC7CdpU1
— World Tree Circle (@WorldTreeCircle) October 31, 2014
World Tree Circle is ready to take pre-orders for your WTC T-shirts. Remember, we have to get 500 ordered before BluBus will start printing them. Once we have meet our goal, we will send out an email to everyone who ordered to let you know that your T-shirt is being made and approximately when you can expect to receive it in the mail.
You pay $15 for your shirt.
Paypal takes 2.9% of the cost per shirt + 0.30 per transaction.
We get the shirts from BluBus for $8 a piece.
So World Tree Circle will make approximately $6 off of each shirt. These proceeds are used to keep World Tree Circle growing and help get the word out.
The t-shirt design is finished and the first colors picked out. Very exciting! We will be posting the order form here and on all our social media accounts in the coming week. In order to make them available sooner, we will be taking pre-orders. Once we have 500 ordered, BluBus will start printing and we’ll start shipping them out to you.
All proceeds will go to funding the site and advertising, including Clarke’s WTC Run set for next summer.