So long and thanks for all the Postagrams

It’s been decided that today will be my last day working as the community manager for Sincerely (makers of Postagram and other thoughtful apps). In the year and a half that I’ve been here, I’ve had some awesome opportunities, and I wanted to recap some of my personal favorite projects in this post.

Being an avid mobile photographer, I loved making our “Doc’s Guide To Mobile Photography” series. With the help of my friend Dave, we made 22 videos in this series, with nearly 100,000 total views. My favorites were the simple camera hacks episode:

The big guide to Hipstamatic:

And DuelPic (because puppies):

I also got to share articles about cool new Kickstarter projects or brand new releases from apps like Hipstamatic. Looking back on the blog now, I’m really happy with all the content we’ve shared.

During my time here I organized and attended dozens of Instawalks (a style of instant photowalks that I helped start and coined the term for before working at Sincerely). We even built Instawalk kits and put together this SLICK how-to-run-an-instawalk video.

As the community manager, I also grew and interacted with our users as the voice of our products on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc. I’m particularly proud of the voice our Instagram and Twitter feed for @postagram has had for the last year.

Through these channels, I heard the most wonderful stories from our users, that I was able to help re-broadcast through our feeds and beyond. Like this heartwarming story of 2 lovers and some Postagrams

As the voice of Postagram, I also appeared on various other media to talk about mobile photography as well as cross promote our brand.

Aside from all that community stuff, I felt really lucky to work in an environment with such a great culture. Thanks to my time here, and especially the constant nagging of my co-worker Paul, I got into climbing and fitness. We had a board in the office for keeping track of pull ups and other exercises. It’s great to work at a place where it’s not weird to see people doing pushups near their desks. In fact, Paul and I even built this AWESOME climbing “wall” in our office over a weekend, which still sees a tremendous amount of usage.

Along with a great team, I also enjoyed working with Pepper Gram… our office puppy! Between Facebook updates and blog posts, I had a chance to help teach Pepper how to skate and I even helped run her Twitter account :)

It’s been a very rewarding experience here, and I consider myself very lucky to have spent the past year doing so many cool projects. Now that Sincerely has eliminated their community manager position, I’m not sure what I’ll be up to next. I’ve already had some conversations about getting back into game design or possibly working with some other photo related start ups, but I may take a little time to start working on my own personal projects again. I’ll no longer be using the @postagram handle, but I’ll continue posting my mobile photography thoughts and work on Instagram, Flickr, and Twitter as @docpop.

And of course I’m always reachable through email.

  • Dolly Dahl

    I can’t wait to see what you get up to next. Whatever it is will be awesome.. just like you! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/textfiles Jason Scott

    yeah, who the hell needs a community manager – companies are just so awesome at keeping communities alive

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidbaer408 David Baer

    You rocked that position Doc. They are making a mistake with this decision. They just became another one of the many zombie companies with no face. I dig the postagram product, but without you promoting them, I won’t be paying close attention to developments from them. I thought you did a great job in the role. Your videos are great!

  • http://eddie.com/ ekai

    ah man, what a bummer! it’s been awesome to receive your postagrams from your random adventures. you’ll won’t be idle long. the next gig will be even awesomer. look forward to seeing what you do, doc.

  • Janettwokay

    I’m sorry to hear Sincerely has eliminated your job. You were a great Community Manager and will be missed by many. I wish you nothing but the best that life has to offer, Doc.

  • http://twitter.com/thedandee thedandee

    For what its worth, you were what pulled me into Postagram. I always looked at what you were doing here as a perfect example to how to maintain a motivated community. Good luck with your project. I will be watching.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theallens Chris Allen

    Doc, this stinks. I hope you get someone else to pick you up. You are arguably the biggest name on instagram. I hope Instagram picks you up.