|—||Eleanor Roosevelt (via leslieseuffert)|
|—||Mark Z Danielewski, “House of Leaves” (via parhelions)|
“Was it possible in any relationship to not disappoint, to do anything more than only briefly rekindle the initial fatal illusion?”
― Lily King, The English Teacher
Was it possible in any relationship to not disappoint, to do anything more than only briefly rekindle the initial fatal illusion?
Yes, it’s twelve minutes past eight on December the twentieth, twenty twelve…
After 5 days of being on tenterhooks, I launched my crowdfunding today. (It’s right here, incidentally bit.ly/FDgogo).
I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was. I’ve never done this before, and the chances of success for crowdfunding is about 50/50, so I’m hoping to get all the help and support I can.
I think it’s a truly worthy project. If I can deliver it, it’ll have the potential to benefit around a million and a half kids a year. That’s how many are on a GCSE course in any one time. If you are a kid, if you have kids, or if you hope to have them one day: This is the project to support.
There are lots of other crowdfunding projects out there at the moment.
One of them is just about certain to raise it’s target. I’m not going to name names, because I wish the guy well, but I do want to contrast his project with mine. We’ll call it the Y-project. (X, being singularly inappropriate)
Crowdfunding is an interesting beast. It’s most useful for projects that aren’t commercial. Why? Because commercial projects (like the Y-project releasing a pop single, for instance) should, if they have merit and marketability, be able to raise funds through more traditional channels.
Even though my project has such a large reach, it’ll be free to the end user, so it’s not commercial. That means crowdfunding is ideal.
My project is being run by me. Someone who puts everything he has into making a success of projects. This has caused problems before, but it’s still, in my opinion, the path to success.
The Y-project is being run by a guy who literally (and I do mean literally) walked away from his last (vastly better) opportunity because despite hi circumstances he simply couldn’t be bothered. This is not an exaggeration.
So why will the Y-project be successful?
Because it’s primary function is to enable a bunch of self-regarding agency ad-wankers to pat themselves on the back and play at philanthropy.
If that’s more important to you than say, 1.5 million kids’ education, or you want to contribute to a guy who took better opportunities than I ever had and literally couldn’t be bothered, or if indeed you are a self-serving agency ad-wanker who wants to give himself warm fuzzies, then obviously your choice is clear which campaign to support.