So the Campaign goes on. :-) The process is quite interesting. You prep the campaign, you sort out your rewards and figure out exactly how much money you need to bring your project to life. Then you film the video and do your best to look coherent as you express the passion you have within for the project you're working on... trust me when I say, that time in front of the video camera is not easy nor is it comfortable. When that's all done, you send the project in for approval and within a couple of days you're good to go. (Assuming you meet the requirements, which you should as you read them before you started.)
Then comes the hard part. This project will not sell itself they tell you. You have to start with your close community, you have to build the hype. Get it out there on FB, on Twitter, on whatever medium you can. Get your friends and family to lead the charge and help build the momentum. You need people to share your project, to get behind it and get it out there. So out the links and events go: 300+ friends here, a few dozen followers there. And, after all the work and effort you've put into the project, it's suddenly out of your control. And I mean seriously out of your control.
It's an eye opening process and opinions definitely vary as to the amount of involvement that one can reasonably expect. One outlook says "Hey, even if they can't afford to donate, it's a share, it's an invite. Not much to ask." A second opinion says "Well it all depends on the person, some people don't want to share such things or pester their friends - its just not done." The next opinion is somewhere between those two, and so on and so on. I have no idea where the right answer lies, assuming there is a right answer of course, so I sit back and watch this campaign develop and change.
I don't know what to expect and I'll hold off drawing any conclusions until the very end, but it should be an interesting social experiment to watch. For those who have donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those who are planning to donate remember you can pledge as little as $1 - though more, obviously, will gain more rewards and make the journey easier. For those who are struggling with the $1; fair enough, if things are that tight please keep the money, you obviously need it more than I do - but do try and share the campaign or invite friends to the event (its open).
Thank you in advance for your time and interest in my project. :D I look forward to seeing where it ends up,