The Bad News: End of Days
OK, first the bad news. By year end, the Cranky Product Manager is planning to shut down this entire show: blog, twitter, facebook, pinterest everything. *poof* gone, deleted. Even if the Mayans were wrong about that end of world thing.
Why? No time. The author of this blog has a real-life business to grow and a flesh-and-bones family to raise. Plus, since the author of this blog is not ACTUALLY very cranky anymore (though she was when she started this blog), it is pretty draining to get the “crank on” to write posts/tweets or whatever.
Likely, everything will deleted, not just left up in perpetuity without new activity. Why? Because the author has TOO often gotten her “real life” identity confused with the crankypm one and tweeted/posted/updated/pinned from the wrong account. Which causes panic and stress. Plus she feels CATHOLIC GUILT at having defunct identities all over the place. Plus the blog costs actual money to run, and defunct blogs don’t attract advertising.
(CAVEAT: Maybe she’ll keep the pinterest board, since that is so easy to maintain, and the author is not yet using it in real life).
The Possibly(?) Good News: A Book
The author of this blog is CONSIDERING writing a “Cranky Product Manager’s Practical Guide for the Product Manager” book. (that’s a “working title”).
If at least 50 people comment on this post (or email), saying that they’d do a kickstarter pledge for $20+, then I’ll proceed to the Kickstarter App (that thing is a lot of work!).
(The Cranky PM is not trying to get rich here or anything. It’s just that writing a book is a lot of work and she’d have to hire a babysitter (or pay Bumble Cafe a boatload of money) to free up some more time for writing. Plus, since the Cranky PM is anonymous, this book won’t be launching a lucrative speaking or consulting career.)
If not, well, at least I’ll know that this proposed MVP is a loser and I will try to pivot out of here some other way. (Maybe some nice company wants to buy this blog?)
Here’s the thinking about the book:
- About 150-200 pages.
- Snarky with plenty of attempts at humor
- Full of REAL, PRACTICAL advice, tips/tricks, do this, don’t do that, …
- 15ish illustrations/comics
- Available as Ebook and a self-published REAL BOOK.
- MAYBE: stories of how real PMs (anoymized) dealt with real-world sticky situations
- MAYBE: interviews with 2 or 3 luminaries, if I can line them up (Geoffrey Moore? Steven Blank? Eric Ries? Guy Kawasaki?)
- About 75-80% of the blog would be recycled content from this blog – restructured and updated to fit within the structure of a book.
- At LEAST 20% new content: 4+ new articles, 4+ new illustrations/comics, plus new introductory text and transition text to existing content.
- It would NOT just be republishing all the posts. It would be structured to actually give you ADVICE.
==> 1. SO, WHAT DO YOU THINK? Is this at all worthwhile? Would you pay at LEAST $10 for this? How about $20?
==> 2. Should I do a Kickstarter, considering that the Kickstarter application is a lot of work (pain in the a$$)?
For Kickstarter, you can create high-value rewards for people who make big pledges.
==> 3. What type of Kickstarter reward would appeal to YOU?
==> 4. What Kickstarter rewards would appeal to your company’s Head of Products, so he/she would be inspired to buy a copy for everyone in Products?
What about “rewards” like learning my real identity, meeting me in person, having me speak to your group, etc.? Worth anything?