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MN Stories reminiscing

A little blast from the Minnesota Stories past, when it was one week old. Just a baby!
This is one of my all-time favorite MN Stories videos.


RONDO DAYS REUNION (July 18, 2005)
My life is happily consumed by Minnesota Stories. Right now it's all pro-bono, but I hope the site attracts sponsors so I can support the production of mini-documentaries every day. Really, think of it as an all-Minnesota online TV channel. How often does that happen? The potential is huge. Original compelling content, every day. Email me if you're interested in a banner ad or video ad. Help this project grow and thrive.

I'm the first to admit I'm a poor businessman/salesman. I did try contacting a couple of local businesses about sponsorships that didn't lead anywhere. I think a dedicated person, maybe even an intern, could  drum up some ad support. I never found that person, though I could've tried harder. At a certain point I think I became resigned to MN Stories being a non-profit project, perhaps because I subconsciously didn't want to pollute the site with ads.

I'm still disappointed no local arts or media organizations wanted to become the new parents of MN Stories. Granted, I haven't talked to all of them, but I've talked to a lot of them. (MPR, TPT, IFP, The Rake/MNspeak, Metro Magazine, City Pages, Vita.mn, mnartists.org, etc.) I believe MN Stories has value and is vital to this community in many ways. I've invested 2.5 years of my time and energy, posting 540 daily videos including many of my own. It has a decent audience - really it deserves a bigger audience, which is something an organization with a marketing budget could make happen. But that particular path isn't in the cards right now.

I don't know if I should announce anything yet, but one prominent local vlogger has volunteered to take over the site. YES! And another local podcast luminary might be able to automate it to some degree. Another good idea: I'd like to see guest curators take over the site for a week, posting their own videos or local stuff they like. Taylor, Courtney, mnartists.org, local filmmakers, and so on. That could be very cool.

Here's the post announcing the birth of Minnesota Stories and ye old NY Times mention.
(Sorry for my reminiscing and wallowing. There's light at the end of the tunnel, I think?)

November 16, 2007 at 03:16 AM in Minnesota Stories | Permalink


Hey Chuck,

Congrats on a stellar project.

Take a bow.

Posted by: jonny goldstein at Nov 16, 2007 1:58:04 PM