Inspired by one of the ideas in this book
, I'm starting a writing/goal setting group for students in my PhD program (music education, for those interested).
The idea is to get together, publicly set short term goals writing goals, and be able to hold each other accountable. I've done this in the small scale (2-3 people), and it works when we can all get in the same room. Unfortunately, as we've decided to expand the group, I'm realizing that getting everyone in the same room just won't work. Because it's an education degree, a lot of people are still teaching, or have families, or a bunch of other commitments that keep them from all being able to sit down together.
So, I need ideas for a web platform that would accomplish this (for people of varying levels of technical proficiency). My lovely wife suggested a Facebook group, but some of the people in the group aren't active on there. Same goes for a Google doc. A listserv was another idea, but I'm not sure how often I'd have to mail out.
I realize that I might not be able to meet everyone's needs. Ideally, it would be visible, but without me having to send out an e-mail every day.
In my mind, I have the idea that people would send me their short-term writing goals, I'd post them, and then I'd send out an e-mail when people have checked in with how they're doing. Or something like that. I'm moderately proficient with the technologies and whatnot, so if you have a solution that involves a bit of tinkering, I'm up for that.
If you have any experience with an online group like this, or know of a good platform for something like this, please help! Additionally, if you've run something like this before, how did you do it without it becoming a complete time suck on your part?