I launched my first ever Kickstarter campaign yesterday and it has been a crazy two days.
The project is a book that I have had in mind for a very long time. It’s called Alphabet of the Other Childhood and it will contain a whole lot of this.
As I put the page and video together I was pretty nervous about whether or not I’d be able to get any funding. What if I was embarrassingly under my goal? What if I got really close but then didn’t make it? Which would be more devastating?
Then I launched. Not only did people start pledging, but they also generously linked to the page on all kinds of social media along with amazingly kind words.
We all have these strange extended communities online, and mine became tangible over night. I couldn’t sleep because I just sat looking over the list of pledges and smiling like an idiot feeling gratitude.
Kickstarter is amazing. I’ve been sharing my creative endeavors online for a long time and gotten lots of kind feedback, but having people offer money to make one of my ideas happen has been a completely different kind of validation.
It’s like I said to the Internet, “I’m an Artist.” and the Internet said, “Yeah, we know.” aaaaand there was nary a traditional media channel in site. Well, almost.
I was contacted for an interview for by a reporter from Boston Magazine Online and things got even more surreal. What’s that now? A reporter called me just to talk about my artistic endeavors and not because I witnessed an accident or something?
It was hard to feel fancy about it though when I had to walk around my driveway to talk to him because that’s where I can get cell reception. My uber-controlling landlady was there taking our trash out (like we’ve asked her not to do) and watching me stumble over my words trying to explain my project and sound legit.
After getting off the phone I immediately panicked thinking I hadn’t said a single intelligent thing and ran to my computer to send the reporter a better explanation of my ideas.
If you’d like to read the results of that comedy act, you can find the article here!
I have 7 days to go and I’m at 34% of my goal. At this point most of the people in my community who are going to support the project have pledged. So, going forward, success is going to depend on my ability to get the project seen by as many potentially interested strangers as possible. I’ve been writing emails to popular blogs like crazy and I’m even going to go all analog on this.
I hope I make my goal. It would be a dream come true to be able to take an entire month and dedicate it to the completion of a creative project that I believe in.
If I don’t make it, I will be bummed, but there would be nothing embarrassing about it. The crazy wave of love and support that I’ve been awash in these past two days will stay with me no matter what.
That being said, I’d love it if you took a look at the project page and shared it with anyone you think might be interested :)