So far, we have received two entries for Deke’s Techniques: The Challenge, in which I invite you to share a technique, in video form, that riffs off three of mine. As I write this, one entry is live, the other will be published soon.
My team and I just had a meeting to determine whether we should prolong the contest to give people more time to enter. Or worse, cancel the contest for lack of interest. Both of which seem like reasonable options. Who knew The Challenge would be mine?
But here’s the thing: Have you ever enrolled for a class or signed up for a trip, only to watch it be canceled because too few people signed up? And then you think, “Damn, I really wanted to do that. I signed up!” It amounts to a violation of an inherent promise.
This morning, I also got word that, for legal reasons, lynda.com has pulled my most recent technique, in which I showed how to create the Olympic rings. I’m disappointed, but I respect the decision. The IOC has revealed themselves to be a bunch of litigious shitheads. And where there’s potential liability, it’s totally within a company’s right (here I speak of lynda.com) to protect itself. Although, I will admit, I am thinking that my next technique should be to show you how to draw the Mickey Mouse ears.
All of this led me to a simple decision: dekeOnline is a small outfit. It’s just me and a few trusted contractors. I’m not a big corporation. And, so, I should not behave like one.
We will go ahead with The Challenge exactly as planned. If we only have two entries by Tuesday night, then those two people will win and win big! If we get more in the next few days, fantastic.
The odds are very good right now. Possibly better than they have been for any contest I’ve witnessed. So, if I were you—you know, just sayin’—I’d get to work!