This should be a fun little adventure and I’m hoping everyone gets involved.
While it’s always been a dream of mine to see the world, our retirement plan has yet to mature to the point where we can do it. Apparently, guessing six winning numbers is harder than it looks.
As well, while I’d love to visit with each and every one of my readers, it’s a completely impractical notion considering how quickly I’d wear on people.
But now, with my Flat Stanley-inspired “Take Me With You” campaign, we can make it happen AND keep our budget and friendships intact.
Many of you live in amazing places with amazing landmarks and points of interest, and I want to see them! Many of you will be venturing to amazing places when vacation season hits this summer, and I want to tag along!
Even those of you who live in boring places and have vacation plans similar to our own (none), I want to encroach in some photos!
No matter where you’re going…here, there, or anywhere, I want you to…
How It Works!
Just as the above image says, simply download, print, and cut out one of the two versions of Telling Dad eye candy. From there, use your imagination! Snap an imaginative photo with your family or just prop me up in the foreground of some interesting landmarks or scenery. Heck, I wouldn’t care if you took a shot of me pegged to a dartboard in some seedy bar. Just so long as I’m with ya.
While I’m a fabulous companion if traveling by car, rail, or sea, I’d prefer that you pack me in your carry-on luggage should you travel by plane. I tend to get claustrophobic in cargo holds and I have a major phobia about ending up in Calcutta while the rest of the family is enjoying Disney World.
What’s In It For Me?
All submitted photos will be added to an upcoming collage/gallery as well as a virtual Pin Map that I’ll be creating so everyone can see all the different places I’ve visited with your help. I’ll even be selecting a bunch of favorites for the video I’ll be creating when the campaign closes in September.
Beyond that, there’s really nothing in it for you. There are no cash awards, no prizes, and no giveaways. Just the soul-filling pride of being part of one of the greatest Internet movements since the Petition to Stop Internet Petitions (launched in 2009 and already 5 signatures strong).
Need Some Ideas?
If you’re taking a trip this summer, take me with you! I’m pretty sure you’ll have lots of opportunities for some great shots…from well known landmarks to roller coaster rides to a day on the beach, I’m game. Even if you just want to show me some sights from your home town, I’d love for you to be my tour guide.
From the simple to the extraordinarily imaginative, I hope to be absolutely buried in submitted photos. Not only will everyone get to see all kinds of global landmarks and points of interest they wouldn’t otherwise see, but it’ll mean the world to me that so many people took the time to show me their own little corner of the globe.
Need some inspiration beyond landmarks? Here’s a “Take Me With You” Bucket List of sorts…
- Take me to a place you’re proud of in your home town
- Set a place for me at one of your family BBQs
- Have one of your kiddos take me to the playground
- Include me in a family photo
- I’m afraid of heights, take me somewhere WAY up high
- Take me to a sporting event or concert (Justin Bieber = -10,000 points)
- Prop me up in front of a local landmark and tell me about it
- Take some pics of me with your pets (preferably unchewed)
- Put me in a chicken coop
- Make me a groomsman in your wedding (100,000 bonus points)
- Prove to my wife that I CAN fit in a Smart Car
- Put me on horseback or even a mechanical bull
- Use me as a bookmark in your favorite book
- Take me Salsa Dancing (chips optional)
- Blow me up with fireworks (adults only!)
Q: I have a strange mind. What would you consider to be *too* inappropriate?
A: To inappropriate to send to me? Not sure that’s possible. As for a photo being too inappropriate for publication, the rule of thumb is simple: if it wouldn’t make your Facebook timeline, it probably won’t make mine. But that doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t be my hero.
Q: How many photos can I send?
A: As many as you want! While I can’t promise I’ll publish ALL of them, anything interesting, funny, imaginative, or unique is almost a sure thing to be added. If you want to snap a few from your home town and then more from your upcoming vacations, I’d LOVE it!
Q: When should I send photos?
A: Sending them as you take them would be best but there’s really no requirement. I’ll just be thrilled to have them.
Q: When does this end?
A: I’ll be ending it when school starts in case a few people want to take me along on their first day of school (hint hint).
Q: Where do I send the photos?
A: Email the photos along with the location and a little informational snippet to share (optional) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where can I download the images to use?
A: The images are printed on a standard 8.5×11 sheet of paper so just choose the version you want and save the PDF to your computer.
Q: I have more questions.
A: Technically, that isn’t a question, but if you do have one, just email me direct at email@example.com and I’ll hook ya up with an answer!
Thank you to EVERYONE who participates. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. At the very least, all postcard recipients should take part in this. For the cost of a sheet of paper and some ink, you can absolutely make my day.
I’ll keep everyone posted as photos arrive and I’m hoping to score a few sponsors willing to provide prizes for some kooky contest ideas that I have. We’ll see.
Happy pic hunting and I hope you play along!
UPDATE! JUNE 5th 9:30am
You’re all the best. I had commented on Facebook that I’m so fortunate to have readers who aren’t just click counts and I meant it! So far, promises have come in for photos from Canada, Ireland, France, Afghanistan, Germany, the Philippines, Nairobi, Australia, the UK, and of course the USA. Possibly even South Korea. As well, I’m slated to attend weddings, a graduation, a photographic moose hunt, golf lessons, a cocktail hour, horseback rides, and so much more. If all of these come through, this could be an amazing little project.
I’m hoping people can submit a little tidbit about their location when they send photos as I really think it’ll make for an interesting collage. Thank you to those who are already “IN” and I look forward to more! I’ll begin updating photos later this month and if the volume keeps up, we’ll kick off a Photo of the Day.