Are you the most important person in your year, school, or university? AKA – Are you head of the yearbook committee? If so, this is a very important week for you (and the rest of the committee of course). The week leading up to christmas is a pivotal week in ensuring that your yearbook ends up the very best it could be, and that you get everything finished on time. After Christmas, you’ll probably have mock exams, real exams, coursework, and other pressing things to concentrate on. Here are a few things we advise you sorting out prior to the madness of 2014.
1. Set up your yearbook account on Yearbook Machine. It only takes a few minutes, but it’ll be comforting knowing that you’ve got the initial set-up out the way, and you’ve got a base to return to when you’re ready to give it your full attention.
2. Add polls to the system. Our users love the polls. In fact 215089 votes were cast in the polls this year! That’s more than the Oscars, the Emmy’s, the MOBO’s and that I’m a Celebrity thing put together. Anyway, adding polls to the yearbook ensures that people have something awesome (apart from their profiles of course) to play around with when they first sign up. It’ll also help you out because if all the votes are made early on in the process you can make and finish the poll pages which saves you from doing it at a later stage.
3. Add all the necessary sections to the yearbook. Sections add a neat structure, or a skeleton if you will, to your yearbook. Before you go away for xmas it’s a good idea to add all the sections that you are going to need. For example you could add: Profiles, Sports, Parties, Messages from staff, Awards, Trips, Clubs, and Goodbyes as sections. Then when you return to your yearbook all you need to do is add the content and photos or, the flesh.
4. Finally, and of upmost importance, is to add PEOPLE to the yearbook! Adding everyone onto the system is fast and simple. We know it seems a bit early on to be worrying about people finishing their profile, but you’ll be surprised how quickly time goes by once the new year starts. Adding people before the end of the year ensures that everyone can get started early, and realistically, no one has any excuse if they don’t finish their profiles in time.
Here at Yearbook Machine HQ we’ve been busy behind the scenes making sure that everything is perfect. The past few months have been spent fixing all the tiny glitches in the system and coming up with some ideas of how to make the system even better for everyone. 2014 will see some exciting changes and we can’t wait. We started 2013 with a team of just two people. Whilst these two people are still the very best, we’re now a big ole team of 9. Here’s what else happened in 2013:
278708 photos were uploaded to the Yearbook Machine system.
31% of comments made in yearbooks had the word “love”
51% of comments made in yearbooks finished with “xx” or “xo”
The most common boy’s name in all our yearbooks was James
The most common girl’s name in all our yearbooks was Hannah
12,000 polls were created
“One Direction” featured in 1.5% of comments in the yearbooks…
75% of photos in the yearbooks were selfies.
That last statistic wasn’t necessarily accurate, but it is fair to say that One Direction and Selfies have taken over the world and yearbooks this year. I challenge you all to ban Selfies, Twerking, and One Direction from your yearbooks. Be creative, individual, and interesting. Surprise us, surprise everyone else, and mostly, surprise yourself in 10 years time. When you look back on your yearbook and think of your time at school or university, I promise that you’ll be disappointed if all you read about is the latest rubbish dancemove or X-factor created boyband from that year. You’re better than that!
Anyway, enough of the pep talk. Have an amazing christmas and new year. Our offices are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but we’re always contactable by e-mail, no matter the day. See you on the other side!