This past semester, we focused on our legal foundation, grant writing, and our new and old partners. Now, here, we will go into our newest goals, projects, and ideals for the upcoming half-year and how we plan to accomplish these goals. Continue reading
Establishing another organization as your partner is not just a title or something you get to mention on your website. Having relationships with other nonprofit organizations or other business professionals who are in the same field as you and/or specialize in something you need to be done is crucial to the survival of your company. So…how do you get a partner and maintain your relationship? Continue reading
I have spent roughly 45% of my time towards this project transcribing interviews….It is one of the hardest and most tedious tasks, especially if your interviews typically run between 30 – 60 minutes. I considered, for a moment, just simply sending my interviewees a list of questions I would like them to answer and having it be simpler
But I quickly shrugged the idea of because of one thing:
Tangents have become the core of my content when I am writing articles. When my interviewees go off on tangents, they are almost always something they are passionate about, or it is story worthwhile. You cannot capture these tangents by sending them a list of questions.
It is through these tangents that I begin to understand someone’s work and passions, and I learn who they are to their core. I get to see them and understand them and relate to them and have a conversation with them.
And though transcribing is…..interesting
a living, breathing hell. Without face to face interviews, my content would not be nearly as rich or as vibrant as it is, and it is all thanks to tangents.
Before I wrap up, I just wanted to give you all some updates:
- Our social media pages are up! You can follow us on Instagram @TheGirlNarrative!
- WE LAUNCH MAY 2ND!
- We are on track for our goals, including having our website be 75% completed
- We have created an email as well (email@example.com)!
- We have met with Westtown Communications (I had a meeting with Anne Burns today) and they have agreed to give us press after our launch
- On our current team, we have a transcriber, a web designer, a digital artist, and I am currently on a hunt for a social media manager and an editor
- We are scheduled to have 5 interviews this week!
- I am remembering to breathe, despite the fact that I am simultaneously elated and panicking
Inspired by putting one foot in front of the other
CEO and Founder of The Girl Narrative
Transcribing…the enemy of any and all journalists. It is time consuming, tedious, and can even be soporific. Though at the same time, it invokes a sense of excitement.
But then I began to ask myself…why am I excited to transcribe my interviews if transcribing can be so dreary? Transcribing can be a pain: why am I excited for it? Turns out, I answered my own questions as I began to transcribe interview after interview.
As I was transcribing an interview I had with Gauri Kapoor (the founder and CEO of The Girl and I), I began to map out what her article would look like. I began to create sections, quotes, and format in my mind as I was typing and writing out her interview, and then it dawned on me: I was excited because I had concrete material and content.
Trying to describe this and the excitement it brings is somewhat challenging, so here’s an analogy that might help: imagine you are a painter. You are about to start a new piece that you are going to put all of your energy towards. You walk into your studio, and you only have about three colors. So…you work with the three colors. You begin to create something amazing, but then you get more materials. You get more colors and brushes and your piece really starts to come to life.
My piece is this organization. I am putting everything I have into this organization, and I am beginning to get material. With each interview, I get new colors and brushes that are going to make my painting amazing; I get new perspectives and new stories that are going to make my organization amazing.
So as I do these mundane, dreary, and sometimes excruciating tasks, I let my creativity explode with new ideas and new ways to make my painting amazing
Inspired by the little things,
Founder and CEO of Project G.I.R.L
Kapoor, Gauri. “Home.” The Girl And I, 2018, http://www.thegirlandi.com/.
The Girl Narrative launches May 1st at 11:00pm……that means I have 29 days, 2 hours, 40 minutes and 38 seconds (and counting) until it launches and all of my focus is targeted towards doing whatever I need to do to allow it to launch on time.
My graphic designer has begun to polish the design, my web designer has the formatting complete and is beginning to set up the website, and I am transferring story after story into article form.
It is hard to not look down at my countdown and not immediately drop whatever I am doing and begin working on my project yet again. I find myself always wanting to go back to it… I always want to develop it and I never want to stop working on it.
It is now 29 days, 2 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds until The Girl Narrative launches (yes….this is how I have been since April 1st).
I am both elated and utterly terrified. I am constantly going through the list of things that could go wrong, and the thought of someone being inspired by this organization.
So I put my focus forward for the week:
- I have two interviews this week (One of which is Gauri Kapoor, Founder and CEO of The Girl and I)
- I am transferring all of my interviews from audio to text (using Transcribe)
- I am setting up social media platforms (a Facebook, an Instagram, and a Twitter)
- I am having my web designer set up the basics of the website
- And…I am remembering to breathe.
So I breathe and always keep going forward. Through lists and baby steps comes the bigger picture. Just because the finish line is getting closer, doesn’t mean I lose my pace.
Inspired by staying calm,
Founder and CEO of The Girl Narrative
Countdown image courtesy of Countdown!! Developed by Sevenlogics, Inc.
“Start the Countdown.” Shutterstock, 2015, http://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/start-countdown-356844833
When getting onto a highway, you are told to accelerate to the speed of traffic. If you don’t, you’re going to be hit. I am currently in the process of re-entering the highway and returning to my routine which is full of adrenaline and always followed by late nights.
So I’m going back to my lists and going back to my goals: I’m switching from collecting my content to creating a product, and I am left asking myself three essential questions: What do I have? What is my plan for the rest of this semester? What do I need to change?
What do I have?
- I have a fair amount of completed interviews (10), these interviewees have not signed and returned their release statements yet
- I have 2 more interviews locked in and schedule for this next week
- I am in the process of scheduling 10 interviews and that number grows every day
- My logo is in the final stages
- I have obtained an Innovation Grant from Westtown School
- I have a graphic designer, a web designer, and a photographer
- I have a rough idea about the format for my website
I have had to move up my timeline and accelerate the process of my project due to my rapid increase of interviewees. My previous list is what I hoped to have by the end of the semester, but I have far surpassed that. Now comes the harder part…
What is my plan?
- Convert the stories that I have into full articles within the next two weeks using the software system Transcribe
- Have a clear format for my website to give to my web designer so she can set up the website
- Find more team members and continue to build my board of directors
- Speak to a lawyer to discuss donations, release statements, and the like
- Publish the website on April 30th
In preparing for this to-do list…I have to put my game face on. I need to remember that this is a marathon and not a sprint.
What am I going to change?
- I cannot do this all on my own, that has been clear to me now, but gaining more team members is something I need to do
- I need to listen a little less. Every person I consult with has an opinion on my project, but I also need to remember that I have the final say in my organization.
- Somewhat contrasting to the previous point….I need to be less defensive of my project and remember that this will only be as great as it can be with the help of a team
So….I have completed what I wanted to do in a semester in a few weeks and my organization is taking shape…and I am accelerating to the speed of traffic.
Inspired by Acceptance,
Founder and CEO of The Girl Narrative
“Pan-American Highway.” Wikipedia, 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highway.
As I am reaching out to girls to interview for this project…I have come to realize and accept that I am becoming a stalker in many aspects. I know this sounds creepy, but stay with me.
Getting a general background on a candidate can take me hours of searching and reading, and obtaining contact information on some people can be impossible. To find, research, and contact girls that I believe would be good for my project, I go through a rigorous process that can take me hours just for one candidate. Continue reading
As I am preparing for my interviews by writing and formulating questions, I am beginning to look at the picture I want to paint.
Someone once told me that prepping for an interview tells half of the story, but what story do I want to tell? How can I tell it truthfully and not manipulate it while also showing the details and tones I want the world to see? Continue reading
“She’s kinda bossy.”
“She is such a slut.”
“She’s such a try-hard.”
“She thinks she’s all that.”
“She’s such a b***h.”
These are just some examples of things I have heard girls say to other girls or about other girls…within the past week. Continue reading
For my last blog post, I’m just going to give you guys another excerpt from my work. This isn’t the most recent writing that I have completed, but it begins where I left off in my second to last blog post. It’s been an interesting journey this year. Here it is: