Event madness and registrations

posted by Jeff | Saturday, September 19, 2009, 1:14 AM | comments: 2

I've gotta say, I have no idea what to expect at BooBuzz tomorrow in terms of numbers. While club membership is 35% higher than it was a year ago, I'm not sure what that means.

As of Monday, I was a little concerned about the numbers for Fall Affair at Holiday World. I had a grand total of 40, which is a far cry from the hundred or so we had last year. By today it was almost 70-ish, but that's still a pretty serious drop unless we get a whole lot of walk-ups. I'm thinking that people just aren't traveling as much this year, which probably falls in line with what reports about tourism have been saying.

Meanwhile, I'm astounded that no matter what you do, some people will never follow directions. I must put in three places now about filling out the form completely, even in red letters, and still I get forms that are incomplete and returned. I just won't charge a card without a verifiable address.

What's even more gross is that people sometimes use the form as a place mat for dinner or something. I've had some really disgusting forms over the years. I don't get that at all. I mean, wouldn't the typical workflow be, print out, fill-out, put in envelope? You didn't turn in homework like that, did you?

Of course, this all points to the bigger question about why I don't handle registrations online. I know. I hoped to have an online registration app done by the end of 2003. I'm still thinking about it even. I have a great domain name for it too, and very much considered building an app that could handle event registration in a more general sense. You know, as a side business. Add it to the other dozen ideas I have with domain names.

It'll be cool in the morning, but I've only had one lap on Maverick this year, so I'm looking forward to it. It does suck that Diana can't join me.


, September 21, 2009, 8:40 AM #

The normal workflow is this:

Turn on computer, make breakfast while computer is booting, print out form and take it and breakfast to the table, fill out form while eating, carry form and dirty dishes to sink, accidently drop form in sink, think about printing a new one but decide against it because you're already running late, stick in envelope, mail.

Dave Althoff, September 23, 2009, 1:52 AM #

You have to boot your computer in the morning? That means you...you actually shut the thing down?!

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