Why I’m glad my Kickstarter failed. Sort of.

With 11 hours to go on my Kickstarter campaign and £2399 left to reach my goal, I am feeling weirdly positive. Don’t get me wrong, I am not completely deluded, I know that I am not going to get it funded in the next few hours. What I am happy about, however, is the opportunity this has given me. Sharing a project idea with the world, is a little like showing a naked piece of skin for all to judge. Sort of. Maybe. My point is, you are putting something out there and the response you get can make a big impact. With this project, I got nothing but positive feedback, from total strangers at times, and my lovely, ever supportive friends, whether they were financially able to contribute or not, sharing the campaign to their online friends like an unspoken ‘I believe in you’. People I barely know telling me (and others) that it would have really helped them at school and other people, important people like teachers, agreeing.My mistake with this fundraising (or at least, the one I am going to cling to!) is that I held a campaign so close to Christmas. If I gave up, because I didn’t get funding, it would show that I don’t believe in the importance of the project, and so, on a shoe-string, I am determined to give it a go. The money was budgeted to help with marketing, promotions and a bit of equipment, but maybe there is a way around it. It might not be the scale I was originally planning on, but it will happen.
So maybe I’m not happy as such, that the Kickstarter was not a success, but I’m happy to learn from it, to take the positive affirmations that it’s a worthwhile project and rock on with making it! Roll on 2015 – it’s going to be an incredible year!

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