The Book Inscriptions Project is looking for a new champion.
If you’re passionate about books and love imagining the stories behind found objects, plus you’re pretty good
with web design, this could be a dream gig for you (or you and a friend). I’m looking for someone to take over
the site, and be the new voice of The Book Inscriptions Project. This is an unpaid volunteer position, but
damn will it be fun.
Post new inscriptions, thank people for the inscriptions they send, find new inscriptions, talk to bloggers
and journalists who love the site, answer the questions of inscription submitters, drive traffic to the site, be
really nice to fans, and, importantly, redesign the site at your own pace. Maybe if it looks cleaner and sleeker,
more people will visit, put their feet up, and read and enjoy the incredible inscriptions.
While this has been a communal project since it was started in 2007, the website itself has almost always been
run by one person. And as you can see, the design is outdated, the archive is old-fashioned (terrible), and new
posts have been too infrequent. In short, I haven’t given it nearly the love it deserves. There is currently a backlog
of great inscriptions sent in by people from around the world, and new ones keep arriving in the inbox.
I would love to see the site grow. Instead of a few thousand unique views a month, how about 50,000 a
month, or 200,000 a month? Instead of a new post a week, how about a new post every day? Or two a day?
If you’re a book-lover, and story-lover, and book-inscriptions-website-lover, or if you’ve always dreamed of
curating a unique art project, please send me an email at email@example.com. Or if you know
someone who would jump at the chance to turn a neglected flower into a beautiful forest of found book
inscriptions, please send them my way.
Tell me why you should be the next proprietor of a one-of-a-kind website and ongoing art project. I’m hoping
to find someone who absolutely loves the idea of the project, who can modernize the website, post regularly,
boost the hits significantly, make more people aware of the site, and grow the collection.
I’d love to hear your ideas. Do you want to host book inscriptions readings? An art show of inscriptions? Got
any ideas for a new, not horrible layout? An app? How will you promote the site? What’s the best inscription
you’ve ever found? Or written? (This is my favorite.)
Please pass this around to anyone who might be a good fit!
Will I be paid?
I’m sorry, but this is an unpaid (awesome) job.
Will I have to pay anything?
No, I will continue to pay the URL and hosting fees.
How much freedom will I have?
What’s the story behind the site?
See here, please.
How many hours a day or a week will it take?
It depends on your schedule. The more leg work you put in, the better the site will be, which is
exactly why I’d like to pass on the keys to the Book Inscriptions-mobile.
How many hits does the site get now?
Not nearly enough. Roughly 3,000 unique views a month. Some months it gets up to 10 or 20,000 uniques.
Has it ever gotten any press?
Yes, it’s been written about in many blogs and several newspapers, including recently at The Dish,
What if I get bored after six months and don’t want to be The Book Inscriptions Project hero anymore?
Just let me know anytime, and I’ll find someone else, though I’m hoping the new champion will want
to do it forever, and give up the role only over their dead body.