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The Plus Project: Third Iteration

September 18, 2011 Leave a comment

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Greetings friends and followers, I wanted to let you know that Ardith Goodwin has volunteered to begin the third iteration of The Plus Project! Ardith will be selecting a different member of the Google Plus community every day and writing a poem just for them!

Corey Gearhart did an awesome job with the Second iteration of The Plus Project, and I know that Ardith will absolutely continue to do it justice. You can follow her progress at Make sure you circle her so you can stay on top of who she selects. Who knows, the next one could be you!



Ardith Goodwin on Google+

The Plus Project: Second Iteration

August 22, 2011 Leave a comment

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Hey all, I just thought you’d be interested to know that Corey Gearhart has agreed to begin the next iteration of The Plus Project, starting today! As I understand it, he intends to do one sketch every weekday for the next month. He already completed his first post earlier today, and you can view the piece on Flickr. Here’s a thumbnail:

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Corey is totally awesome! Be sure to check out his work!

Corey Gearhart on Google+

Thoughts on The Plus Project

August 21, 2011 Leave a comment
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So, I just concluded the Plus Project yesterday. If you’re interested you can go read that post here, or follow the discussion about it here. I had expected there to be some people that would congratulate me, or offer some nice words, but the outpouring of support that I received went way beyond what I could have expected. Why am I still talking about this? Because it is a great example of the way that sharing our stories and our lives with each other can bring us together. Not in some hokey utopian kind of way, but in a real and authentic human kind of way.

I’ve met so many wonderful people through this experience. Certainly the people that I selected for the Plus Project come to mind, but I’ve also met so many incredible people through them. People I never would have spoken to otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naive. I know that it’s not like I just magically became BFF’s with everyone all of a sudden, and there are some (maybe even many) of them that I probably will never hear from again. But that’s ok. It’s ok that our connection may have been transient. It’s ok because the point wasn’t to build lifelong friendships (though that would be nice), the point was to make someone smile, even if only briefly.

I also wanted to remind the readers that I am still looking for people that would like to begin their own iteration of the Plus Project. I’d love to help you if you’re interested, but it doesn’t have to be a collaboration. You’re welcome to do it on your own. I would encourage you to do whatever you love. Do whatever you’re good at. Whatever sparks passion in your heart, do that thing, and find a way to bring others into it. It doesn’t matter what that thing is, just take a step in the direction of what you love, and invite others on the journey.

I’m keeping this short and sweet today, so go hug someone, go laugh with someone, or comfort someone. Go play with someone, or share your story with someone. Go and share your authentic joy with another person, and remember that only you are uniquely qualified to share your joy with the world.

The Plus Project: Conclusion

August 20, 2011 2 comments

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Yesterday was a full thirty days since I began the Plus Project! Wow, what a ride it’s been! I’ve met designers, a scientist, a birthing specialist, an author, and even an animal trapper. There were single moms, recent college grads, cyclists, and entrepreneurs. I’ve had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of men and women from all four corners of the map, some whose language I do not even speak, each doing wonderful things with their lives by speaking their opinions, creating with passion, and sharing their stories. Each of them is leaving an indelible mark on this world simply by being here; simply by living. Each of them is making the world a better place just by being themselves.

With that being said, I have officially decided to conclude the first iteration of the Plus Project.

Wait, what?

Yeah, it’s true. I’ve thought long and hard about whether to continue the Plus Project, but I think it would be pretentious for me to attempt to stretch it further in its current form. The ultimate goal of the Plus Project was to recognize people for their extraordinary selves, for the simple poetry of each of their individual lives, and in the process identify the beauty and majesty within each of us. In that regard, the Plus Project has wholly succeeded well beyond what I ever would have imagined.

The beauty of the Plus Project is that it is personal. There were no algorithms used in selecting people. There were no hordes of machines on an assembly line. No focus groups, or test markets, or advertising campaign. Just one guy with a silly idea. Just me, trying to make someone else’s day brighter. While I could continue, I would be forcing it, and instead of it continuing to gradually reveal the masterpiece of our humanity, it would become something much more manufactured. It would become something mass produced, machine assembled, and prepackaged for your convenience.

However, you may have noticed that I referred to it as the first iteration of the Plus Project. That is because I don’t intend for this to be the complete end of it. I would like to see the Plus Project continue in new forms and shapes, with new ideas and methods. I would like to see you carry the torch in showing the world that people matter, and that one person can have an impact on the mankind.

With that in mind, I am looking for people that would like to begin their own iteration of the Plus Project. I am looking for people that would like to partner in creating something that is fresh, and authentic, and from your own heart. It could have a duration of thirty days, or a year, or just a week. It doesn’t matter. You could do what I’ve done and write about people. You could sketch someone’s portrait each day, or photograph them at play. Maybe you have a podcast and could interview them.

The means and method don’t matter near as much as the underlying goal of unveiling the beauty of humanity to the world, and bringing joy into someone else’s life. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments, or send me a private post, or you can email me from my Google Plus profile. I’m happy to brainstorm with you to come up with ideas, and you’re even welcome to use the logo I made for the Plus project, if you like. So I’m asking you, will you begin your own iteration of the Plus Project?

In case you missed any of them, I am including below a list of all of the individuals that I have selected, and links to what I had to say about each of them. Feel free to share my posts on Google Plus, or on my blog as you see fit.

To the people that I have already selected, you are creative, fantastic, incredible people, every single one of you, and I have been beyond honored to get to know each of you. You are each individually and uniquely awesome in a way that no one else ever has been or ever will be. What you do is wonderful, what you think is critical, and what you say is crucial. You bring a light and a vibrance to humankind. The passion in your heart is essential. Your impact on the world is irreplaceable, and you are irreplaceable. You matter, and you are loved.

I wish the best to each and every one of you.


Mike Searle

 Jenni R Jenni R  Steve Ruge Steve Ruge
 Alida Brandenburg Alida Brandenburg Paulo Furtado Paulo Furtado
Luky Sherman Luky Sherman Jonathan Greene Jonathan Greene
Valissa Warren Valissa Warren Ash Donaldson Ash Donaldson
Annie Lynsen Annie Lynsen  凌霄 凌霄
 Vania Stoyanova Vania Stoyanova  KC Chessor KC Chessor
Amy Locurto Amy Locurto  Israel Vicars Israel Vicars
Valeria Maltoni Valeria Maltoni LeSean Lewis LeSean Lewis
Jenn Oliver Jenn Oliver Michael Ouellette Michael Ouellette
Liz Ferree Liz Ferree Kenneth Udut Kenneth Udut
Jordan Arseno Jordan Arseno Desirre Andrews Desirre Andrews
Jens Stratmann Jens Stratmann Julia Mak Julia Mak
Ben Preston Ben Preston Janet Fouts Janet Fouts
Jason Mkrtschjan Jason Mkrtschjan Marcy Massura Marcy Massura
Justin Kees Justin Kees Susie Blackmon Susie Blackmon

The Plus Project: Jenni R

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

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I’ve selected Jenni R for today’s Plus Project. Jenni is a banker, blogger, and web designer living in Hyogo, Japan, and she is the creator of IntenseBlog where she posts often about topics related to blogging, and using your blog for marketing. She has some excellent posts about plagiarism, re-purposing content, and many other topics. Jenni has a good deal of really great shares on StumbleUpon, and she tweets periodically @wpbloggers, largely about blogging. Jenni’s blog contains several helpful tutorials, and her philosophy seems largely built around doing what you love and engaging with the audience, and she actively interacts with and responds to her readers. Jenni is a fan of Lady Gaga, and web design (of course!), and it’s good to see someone who not only knows their work, but truly loves it. If you like her blog, you can find it’s page on Facebook, where she goes even more in depth about how she blogs, design criteria, and tricks of the trade. You can connect with Jenni on LinkedIn, where she is interested in consulting opportunities. Jenni is a beautiful woman with a tender heart, and it is clear that she has an authentic love for what she does, as well as for her audience. If you need help getting your blog off the ground, or are an established blogger looking to extend your network, Jenni will be a great addition to your circles!

Jenni R on Google+