I’ve been pretty happy with things I’ve learned by launching WP Customer Service. But it’s time for something new.
I’ve got two boys, 3 and 5 years old, who we always read to. Their latest kick is Choose Your Own Adventure style stories, which I used to love as a kid. I’m planning on doing a new take on that concept as HTML5 kids games, with mini games injected into the stories, and an educational focus. So my new project will be like a Choose Your Own Adventure Online.
I’m going to work on this a good friend – we set up Stunt Pixels together. Lewie is an awesome illustrator, has a heap of creative ideas, and also has two kids, 3 and 5 years old. I can hack code together, both front and back end, and have a day job making kids educational games, so this should work well.
First plan is to make a landing page and start some social media accounts driving people to the landing page. Once we can a number of newsletter sign ups (I’m hoping 500+), I can email them and ask what, exactly, they are hoping we are going to make that they would pay for. We can then make that. But I’m going to try to steer people towards what we want to do.
Personally, I’d like to see it as a learn to read assistant. Choose Your Own Adventure online with each word clickable to have the word read out, the whole thing read aloud hi-lighting the current word, or no reading assistance at all. We can put a couple of mini games in each story after a certain amount of progress to keep the kids engaged. Then each year aim for a year higher in reading ability to track our own kids.
The first order of business is to get a website together, then start getting social media active. At the start we can focus primarily on the art to draw people in. If we get sufficient interest, I’m planning on creating the first 3 adventures for free. After that we can see if it’s worth doing more.
I think it is an idea with a heap of potential, and it’s something I really can get into. I do think that education is one of the most important things around, so any little bit I can do to help with that suits me fine.