Saturday, September 1, 2012

On Kickstarter

Just over a month ago I launched my first Kickstarter project. While it was not financially successful, the experience taught me more than I thought it could.

I learned to ask for help early. After talking with my mother, she gave me lots of advice on how to get the public interested in my topic—if only I had talked to her more than three days before my project was due to expire.

After my project ended I learned even more.

My project is about reuniting families after the emancipation. Mothers searching for children they quite possibly will never find; children alone, scared and vulnerable searching for an idea of family that they have only seen through skewed vision; people searching for people they have never known: fragments of these stories bring tears to my eyes and they aren’t even written yet.

I believe in my project.

Kickstarter, though a platform where people and funding connect, is more than about gaining financial support for your project; it’s a way to inspire passion.

After my first project closed I gathered even more information and launched an amended version. This project is a bit more focused and detailed: I believe in it.

While launching my project, “Jealous is the Past,” I began reading other projects in search of projects to support. I found quite a few; some are really inspiring—one brought tears to my eyes. The magnitude of the project is—and I use this word infrequently—amazing. The project I’m talking about is “Chitown”: This project is about kids uniting over basketball—a common game in perhaps circumstances common to some uncommon to most.

This project inspires me to do more in my own community; to get involved where I see good things happen; and to initiate action where I see none. This project inspires me not to just support it financially, but to support it in words.

With all that I have learned and all that I have earned, whether I get the financial support I’m asking for, my time on Kickstarter has been a success. Success is all in how you define it. Finding a project that allowed me to feel, when I was only looking for one to support? I would say that’s a success no matter how I define it.

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