Hello there, friends!
As the title suggests, we are nearing the end of the Haywood Micaye crowdfunding efforts, and if you would have told me that yesterday afternoon, I would have been a little disappointed to hear it.
This is because I am not only sad when good things come to an end, but around that time I wasn’t even so sure this would end up being good.
I knew from the outset that despite my youthful charisma and passion I probably wasn’t going to hit the $5,000 goal for the project. This is partly why I chose to list the campaign as “flexible funding”- with that setting, the creator keeps the money no matter how much is raised, as compared to the “fixed funding”, in which if the goal is not met no money is exchanged. That way, if we hit something like $4,999.99 and the clock struck midnight before someone could push it over the edge, all would still benefit.
It didn’t occur to me that I probably wouldn’t even break $500 this month.
I spent this afternoon staring moodily at the Indiegogo page, wondering what I was doing wrong and why I had not raised more than I had. There were and are several factors working against me and I know it, one of the most major being the fact that halfway through the month I kind of gave up a little on what I was trying to do. The counter had been at 2% for the majority of the month, and it was disheartening, to say the least. I had convinced myself that because I knew a lot of people and they liked me that this would be a walk in the park.
But the thing that I was missing was that I wasn’t on everyone’s mind. It struck me that people have their own problems and goal and ambitions in life that sometimes, while they encourage others to pursue their own goals and ambitions in life, they don’t concern themselves with them. People were proud I was making a name for myself, and I’m sure they had good intent to contribute, but life just took precedence over me.
Don’t read what I’m not typing: I totally understand it and I am the exact same way. All of this was on my mind this afternoon, and though I was annoyed I didn’t have any right whatsoever to be mad because it wasn’t like I had tried to help the matter. I drifted away. I myself put it on the back burner.
At some point during my thoughts this afternoon I decided that it wasn’t helping me to feel sorry about the fact that I wasn’t where I wanted to be just yet. I knew there was somewhere in me still that passionate, charismatic young writer who wanted to see Haywood be successful and wanted to include others in the effort towards that success. So I, for what feels like the thousandth time, posted that link with the cover picture that I so adored and just watched what happen.
And I do believe that God or whatever being governs the universe wanted to tell me I was doing the right thing, because in the span of an hour people were sharing the link on Facebook and I received two more contributions.
The little counter widget is now at 4%, but nonetheless I am excited. I just needed to remind myself that good things happen to those who work for them, and that maybe I needed to work a little more to see those things happening again.
Expect to see some more of this project these last few days, folks, and certainly expect me to be there, because I am back in the saddle and ready to finish this thing I have started.
The raised money, according to the page, currently is sitting at $215, meaning there is $4,785 to go until we his 5k. I want to challenge all of you in these final few days to take a piece of this new-found fervor I have and use it to SPREAD THE WORD! Share the links, convince your friends to contribute, do whatever you do best. The closer we get to the goal, the better off Haywood Micaye will be in the long run.
It’s 2016, y’all. Anything is possible.
Here is a list of all the links you may need on your quest:
Indiegogo Page: http://igg.me/at/hjmbook (Short link)
Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M58jrOVkJ3U
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/ashlynnedoyle99
That’s all for tonight, it seems. Remember to spread the word, and most of all remember to contribute. There are different tiers you can donate to or even the option to donate without having to also receive the rewards, so do whatever works best for you. Even a dollar contribution will be vastly appreciated.
We’ve got seven days. Let’s do something great with them.
Until next time,