Running a Kickstarter is terrible. I’m sure users will report otherwise, but the last two projects that I’ve run:
- Currently – an educational workbook for preschoolers
- 2 years ago – an Adult Easter Egg Hunt
Were such a pain in the butt to arrange:
- First you develop the idea
- Then you write about the idea
- Then you develop a video, which entails muchos time writing a script, sourcing the location for shooting, preparing your actors, shooting the video, and then editing.
It’s all too time intensive to be worth it.
But many good things are worth the time right?
Writing this blog is time intensive, but the difference is that I enjoy it. It’s a release. It’s similar to the peace spiritual leader Sri Chimnoy found in running.
“The inner running and the outer running complement each other. For outer running, we need discipline. Without a life of discipline, we cannot succeed in any walk of life. So when we do outer running, it reminds us of the inner running.”
Although I also agree with what he has to say about running as well:
“Runners deal with freshness, freshness of the mind. While they are running, nature is helping them. Every day, early in the morning or in the evening, runners go out to practise in the street or at a track. When you run, it is just you and Mother Nature. From the sky, light is flowing. Here, there, you get so much inspiration. Everything helps you to achieve your goal.”
Although that’s for another blog post.
Running a Kickstarter is NOT Enjoyable
At least not for me.
It seems so put upon. It’s not fundraising; it’s straight up sales, and it’s difficult for someone like me who doesn’t like to ask others for things. I’m terribly self reliant, and it irks me to do the promotional thing, asking people to support the project with monetary donations, and it’s clear from the stagnation in “fundraising” that we’ve hit that no one cares about this project.
What Efforts Have I Made?
- I’ve emailed every preschool I could in NYC, as well as newspaper writers that have written about similar things.
- I’ve messaged parenting groups in NYC
Posting on social media did nearly zilch for my campaign.
Although I am grateful to Nicki, my only friend who bothered to share, for posting about my project. ❤️❤️ (I love you).
Jeff Stark of Nonsense NYC continues to be a great help, and personal advocate and conductor of projects all over the city, but despite his placing a blurb in the Nonsense NYC newsletter, barely a blip was raised among backers.
And that $440 in backer donations had not budged in a week. I won’t hit my goal.
What Should I Do With the Workbook When My Goal Is Not Reached? I’ll likely post it on Teachers Pay Teachers and on the Equality.Education site as a free resource because it is meant to help others, to create an easier way for families to access a free quality educational resources, and the first of its kind that is accessible to all.
I have all of the good intention.
I’ve already shelled out the money to create the workbook.
But raising awareness is difficult.