It has just gone midnight in Hawaii, which means that the 9th of July 2013 is now history. What do you know? The world was listening!
Over 1000 stories have so far been submitted, and they are still coming in. Over 4000 tweets were sent, and other submissions arrived via email, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and elsewhere online. Almost 6000 people, in 68 countries, visited the site yesterday. I’ve been genuinely overwhelmed with the response. Thank you to everyone who contributed. You have made Harkive a huge success.
If you haven’t contributed yet, you’ve got until 16th July to get your story in. After that the window for Harkive 2013 will close and the winners of the Harkive draw will be announced. I’ll shortly begin the process of making sense of it all and will be posting some initial findings in due course, so stay tuned.
Shall we do it all again next year? My plan is for Harkive to return again in 2014, and every year after that, so I do hope you’ll join in once more.
This project was my idea, and I’m currently getting a lot of plaudits and congratulations, which is lovely, but it really would not have been possible without the help of many, many other people. If you would indulge me for a second, I’d like to say Thank You to them.
To my wife, Valerie, who has put up with me tearing my hair out and worrying that Harkive would be an abject failure for many, many months. Thank you, honey!
Paul Meggs of Fumi Digital helped me put this site together. He also designed the lovely Harkive logo and made sure that the various other places where you can find Harkive online looked nice and hung together properly. Pete Ashton and Jon Hickman helped me understand how I was going to capture all of the information and stories that you have kindly provided. Stuart Harrison has also been involved with the planning for what happens with that information next.
Andrew Dubber, Dave Harte, Annette Naudin, Tim Wall, Paul Long, Jez Collins, and various other colleagues at BCU, have guided me through the entire process of the MA studies of which Harkive is the culmination. For listening to my ideas and providing feedback along the way: Thank you!
Duarte Romero Varela, Tori Widdowson, Gabriela Flinter, Max Kiyoshi and Yifan Wang kindly translated information about the project into various languages: Merci, Gracias, Danke!
Jude Rogers, Joe Muggs, Andrew Harrison, Rob Fitzpatrick, Laura Snapes, Steve McLay, Neil Codling, David Williams, Pete Ashton, Andrew Dubber and Clutch Daisy all provided example contributions in the run up to yesterday that really helped to make some sense of what I was trying to achieve. Thank you.
Thanks also to Mark Bowen (Wichita Recordings), Dave Stapleton (Edition Records), Rich Huxley (Hope and Social), Duncan Burns (The Glee Club), Andrew Campbell (LoJinx Recordings) and Geoff Dolman (Static Caravan), who all provided prizes for the Harkive draw. Thanks to Kyle Bylin of Sidewinder for allowing me to write a guest post for Hypebot that helped start the process of getting Harkive out to a wider audience.
Talking of which, Mark Venning, David Williams, The 1p Album Club, Anthony Bleach, Paul McGee and Joe Muggs all relentlessly retweeted about the project in the run up to yesterday. Thank you.
Many months ago, Karen Strunks (The 4am Project) & Ian Francis (Flatpack Festival) provided me with insights into what it’s like to plan a project that happens in a small window of time, and Robson Da Silva helped me understand the processes involved with software and user testing. They, along with Dave Harte and Andrew Dubber, helped me begin the process of planning this thing.
So, as you can see, this was far from a one-man operation. If I have forgotten anyone then I am truly sorry – It’s been a very long 48 hours! I’m going to take a break for today and watch some cricket. By a startling coincidence, I managed to plan Harkive for the day before the start of the Ashes series.
Thank you all, once again, you’ve been amazing!