News has never effected me like it has this time. I just keep thinking 20 kids, 20 kids, 20 kids, 20 kids. I am so hurt. I feel so angry. I dont want to care this much. I am getting older. I can see those parents and what a terribly scary and soul twisting ordeal. How do you ever come back from that. How do you just not check out., 20 kids, 20 kids, 20 kids. Is it because the population is getting larger and there for by % more of us are broke? Faaaaasssskkkk. I know I feel wooped as hell. I had a few long nights recently and I kinda thought ok thats why it impacted me so much. But got up this morning got my coffee, sat down and started reading the news and just started bawling. Like a little girl. So i may be verbal in the next bit because i sure as hell feel like screaming. I hope you have a good day and do something nice for someone.
Well my little project has been up on kickstarter for 7 days. Some interesting stuff has happened in that time. Ive seen traffic to all my pages increase 8-10x the normal amount of traffic. I have been contacted by several folks interested in Bloom for purposes other than I initially thought.
As you can see the Kickstarter video has been seen 3700 times. Not too shabby. But my funding has plateaued a bit and I had 2 folks pull out of funding yesterday. I figured that would happen and may happen again. 250 is a bunch of money especially with all the new phones and tablets coming out. With that being said I am at 17% funding with about 23% of the time gone. It looks like there is a flurry of activity in the beginning and then that peters off a bit. i will be curios to see if that trend continues with other projects i have. Social Sharing has been so so – 52 likes in 6 days tells me Bloom doesn’t resonate with a ton of people.
Its friday night and I was pretty beat up this afternoon from a late night with queen vic but after dinner and hanging out with the fam i feel alot better. I hope you weekend goes well.
Going through this kickstarter process has been interesting. As of today i have 1 backer for my project. I feel good and bad about it. First i feel like hell yea I got a backer on kickstarter! Second I feel like – Hell I got “a” backer on kickstarter. For those that are unaware kickstarter is a site that gets funding for an idea of yours by other folks that find value in that idea.
I built Bloom from a baby idea in my head into a finished project. I wanted to see if I could come up with something and what the process was to get that something on kickstarter and to see if this idea had merit. It would rock to have Bloom get funded and for us to drive that idea forward but that wasn’t the immediate goal. The goal was get a project on Kickstarter. Its neat having a project on there next to projects that are getting millions of dollars of funding. Plus I am learning a bunch for the next time. And I wont lie, of course it would be even better for it to be sucessfully funded but if it doesnt I am not gonna quit trying, I will just refine my processes.
Thats a reason I love these crowdsourcing platforms. I have a ton of ideas, and I have gotten pretty decent at figuring out which and what I can bring to small scale fruition. So now when I start my next project I will have a very defined goal in place. Get it to kickstarter and get 20% funded or something like that. Enough iterations and i should see sucess….at some point.
Before Kickstarter came along I had few web products that I built and got a little bit of funding for. But the part that always dragged me down and just took my energy away was trying to sell people on an idea. Its just not my ball of wax. Thats truly why i love the idea of these crowdsourcing platforms. They are for the dreamers. If you can vet your idea through this platform it will save you a ton of time. From the reception of Bloom so far I know that I probably am not in the right space and for me to be successful some changes will need to be made. For the next project I need to scale the price down, make the concept easier to understand, and polish it a bit more before release to Kickstarter.
I have also met some really cool folks that have helped me understand that others do see value in my concepts and that is always reaffirming and builds confidence. And the people that have given input on kickstarter have been a great resource to make my next project better.
I write this with fingers crossed that Bloom will take off, that the inherit value and beauty of Bloom will win over the hearts of the masses and it will get funded. I also write this with open eyes knowing that there is a good possibility of Blooms failure to get funded. But the lessons learned, the experiences gained and the knowledge that I get from the failure makes it way worth it. Anyone that really knows me, knows i dont fear failure, hell I fail all the time. But i try and learn from each failure. I just want to make myself a little better after each one. And i know this as a truth in my life – I would rather try and fail 1000 times than to not try.
A few months ago I made a goal. That goal was to develop a product and get it on Kickstarter. Yesterday my very first Kickstarter went live. So kudos to me.
The product is called Bloom. Its a lamp that can be programmed and does alot of things that I consider cool. Im not sure if other folks will consider it cool but thats the beauty of Kickstarter. Get your idea, get it created, get it on kickstarter and see if its validated. If not take what you learned and do it again. I have become a fervent believer in iterative prototyping for almost every aspect of life. Do it, do it again, do it again each time improving on what you do.
So today im celebrating a little win for me. I hope you have a little win in your Saturday as well. Happy day!
In the last 9 monthes alot of life has happened. Sarah and I settled back into life together pretty quickly. Soon after she returned home we found out she was with child. So we had us a baby. Also my best pal left my place of employment and I have had the opportunity to work with another pal and she is kicking but and taking names. Dorothy and I continue to be close. Shes an awesome kid and we have alot of fun together. She has absolutely made Victoria so much easier. I have been surprised at how much I have enjoyed Victoria. Thats been a blast. It sure is alot rougher than handleing a 10 year old….most days. Sarah and I have gotten insanely close. Its really a fun time for us right now, its so damn nice to be back together. I continue to think that the lessons we learned during our 4 year journey will pay off in spades. So now that we are all caught up. Lets get back to it.
A quick video review of our new projector. Pretty badass. Happy Holidays!
Wow, Today Sarah and I celebrated a decade of being married. Man that time flew. We’ve had a really great run so far and Im looking forward to the next 40 years with her. When I look at where I was 10 years ago it seems much farther away. When Sarah and I met I was about as mature as a 7 year old. Now Im at least 15ish. Before I met her i didnt really know what it was to be happy. I mean I had had friends and had passing times of enjoyment but until I met Sarah I never felt fulfilled and happy with myself. It sounds a little codependent but I care not. She’s my wife, and damn I love her. Watching her go from being a teenager into this lovely woman I get to share my life with has been a pleasure. She always knows what to say to calm me down and she picks up where I am weak. We are blessed to be together. 10 years is a long time for people to be Happily married today. But thats what I am, I am happily married to the love of my life and just count myself fortunate to have been able to be in her life and have a chance to make her days a little brighter.