The Guild has been around in one form or another for over two years now. And since creation, I’ve never taken the time to fully flush out the details around its purpose, layout, and intent. And I have to admit this is more of a confession of failure on my part than anything. But it’s better late than never, right?
About a month and a half ago, I started having some conversations with both @justindirose and @wilsonng about joining me in the quest to build The Guild into a community that brings not only answers to questions and interesting topics but an authentic place to connect with other productivity minded folks. And I have to say that getting them involved was one of the best things I’ve done for the community. I’m continually impressed with the words they smith together for the site.
At the same time, these two have really pushed me to define the mission of The Guild. It’s tough to determine what to write and how to engage people when you’re not entirely sure what the point of the community is.
So after a few weeks of going back and forth, I think we’ve nailed it down. Ready for this?
The Guild’s mission is to solve problems unique to its individual users.
I can see this come out in a number of ways, but the bulk of it is that there needed to be a category re-alignment here on the site as well as a reconsideration of what lives on the Pro side.
The easiest way to understand and see what the former looks like is to take a look at the Categories list. The main change is the addition of the #ask-for-help category. If The Guild is here to help solve problems, we need a dedicated place for it.
But on the Pro side, we’ve wanted to ensure the value is as high as possible without taking away from the free side. So we’ve decided on three main aspects of the Pro subscription:
- #deep-dives - Original articles that go deep into a topic. This is primarily what @justindirose and @wilsonng have been working on but I’m looking to get involved here as well.
- #pro-newsletters - We’re currently working on our first of these, but we’ll be introducing an exclusive weekly newsletter for only Pro members.
- Video courses - Currently the Working With Ideas (#ideas) and Working With OmniFocus (#omnifocus) courses are included. I’m working on a pen and paper course currently and hope to release more of these in the future.
I have to admit to being pretty excited about this change.
So let us know what you think and how we can continue to improve!