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Remind Me to Tell You: It’s Fun Asking People For Help (…oh wait. it’s not.)

All month I’ve been fundraising to get the money I need to purchase the tools I need to launch my podcast project. At first glance I’ve been a podcast beggar.

Ps If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do so now—there are still a few days left!! (Just till the end of the month!)

www.indiegogo.com/interestingreminders.com And remember to press the Like button!!

But I’m excited and I just can’t hide it. I’m excited for many, many reasons. First of which being that fundraising has been going great! I was definitely nervous about doing it. Asking people for money for any reason is just not fun. How professional fundraisers do it I’ll never understand, but power to them. You’d be surprised the things, especially help wise, you can get simply by asking. It definitely takes a moment involving pushing back self-pride that says, NO! Don’t do this. Figure out another way on your own!” I’m by all means a self-starter and a firm believer in getting things done yourself, but sometimes you need an extra bit of assistance. Admitting you need help can be just as scary as admitting you have a problem. Both of which require you to see yourself as worthy enough to at least speak. Because if you don’t speak up, you don’t try, that’s a sure fire way to ensure NOTHING happens.

I took that approach to my student repayment department do discuss lowering my bill for the time being because retail doesn’t pay the best and I’m on a limited budget. They were more than willing to help. Just the other day after sitting at my desk and reviewing my budget and gripping my ink pen frustrated at recent service price increases to my cable bill (imposed by them on me), I picked up that phone and inquired about what could be done about lowering my bill. (at least back to what it was before). I was given a referral number and another customer service agent was able to present me with a great solution! Seriously there is power is just asking. The worse that can be said is no…but at least you tried.

In the same way the teenager who doesn’t know how to drive can either sit in the car parked, or ask someone to teach them. If you won’t ask for the latter how can you expect to get behind the driver’s seat?

With some encouragement I took this bull by the horns and began by plan of operation.

For a good long while now I’ve wanted to add audio content in the form of a podcast to my website—my degree is in BROADCAST journalism– and it’s been suggested to me several times by others, and I think/know it would be a great way to stay working on my vocal craft and I can add it to my resume to boot. So I started planning it out. The format of the show, the structure and script template. I researched and compared other podcast I like, and the various platforms of hosting and promoting. I brainstormed with friends and coworkers over the name. I researched the tools I’d need, the computer, the software, compared by price and owner reviews. I gave myself a deadline to get everything in gear by. And I think I had the most fun picking an online fundraising website to go through. There are a lot of ways to go about this. They all offer didn’t methods, fees, etc.

These are a few of many on Yahoo!’s page one alone when searching: online fundraising.

I initially thought about http://www.kickstarter.com/

This is how they present themselves:

“Fund & Follow Creativity

Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects.

At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. They’re rallying around their friends’ ideas, backing projects from people they’ve long admired, and discovering things that make them laugh and smile.

Every project is independently crafted, put to all-or-nothing funding,
and supported by friends, fans, and the public in return for rewards.

The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control and responsibility over their own projects. They spend weeks building their own project pages, shooting their own videos, and brainstorming
what to offer as rewards.

Rewards are things like a copy of what’s being made, a limited edition, or a custom experience related to the project. This isn’t Best Buy — rewards aren’t shrink-wrapped and ready to ship. Once the project is funded, the journey to bring them to life begins.

All-or-nothing funding.

Every project creator sets their project’s funding goal and deadline. If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal all backers’ credit cards are charged when time expires. If the project falls short no one is charged.”

But out of all the AMAZING projects there, people weren’t creating podcasts. So I kept searching. That how I learned about Crowdrise.

http://www.crowdrise.com/crowdrise
They’re self-described as:

CROWDRISE

It’s revolutionary. Really. Crowdrise is an innovative, crowd-sourced community of volunteers and online fundraisers that are coming together to answer the call to service, create online fundraising projects for charity, and have the most fun in the world while doing it. Events and Charities use Crowdrise to raise money in new ways, turning their participants and supporters into effective, impactful online fundraisers.

Crowdrise is about volunteering, fundraising online for charity, and having the most fun in the world while doing it. Go here to see a beautiful picture showing How Crowdrise Works.

Don’t be surprised if you get totally addicted to the sight.

A few great examples:

http://www.crowdrise.com/hhcbostonmarathon

The mission of Horizons for Homeless Children is to improve the lives of homeless children and their families.

http://www.crowdrise.com/SB30for30/fundraiser/sophiabush

My Impossible challenge was raising $30,000 for my 30th birthday so that children in the developing world have access to education. Well. We totally did it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHcv3180Z_s&feature=player_embedded

http://www.crowdrise.com/anneandadamswedding/fundraiser/anneandadam

Annie & Adam’s Wedding: Start the Girl Effect

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e8xgF0JtVg&feature=player_embedded

Also fantastic, but still not a fit for me. Indiegogo ended up being it. (And plenty of people wanting to launch podcast surrounded me! Hooray!)

http://www.indiegogo.com/

Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site where anyone can raise money for film, music, art, charity, small businesses, gaming, theater, and more.

  • Everyone should have the opportunity to raise money. Now everyone does. People all over the world use our industry-leading platform to raise millions of dollars for all types of campaigns. No matter what you are raising money for, you can start right now with no fee or application process.

While very similar to kickstater, especially with their each level of donating you receive and incentive, thing going on. Besides other wannabe podcasters on this ship, I liked their flexible campaigning vs kickstaters all of nothing funding.  Because as I’ve stated on facebook:

It’s interesting: in this age of digital convenience, the bulk of my fundraising efforts have been rewarded with IN PERSON or some form of, contributions in response to my online humble requests. I’m a fan of the old fashioned. 🙂

Yeah that’s been super interesting and surprising. I’ve had one official via the website donation, but because of my use of the website I’m almost halfway to my $1000 goal, and well on my way to getting at least pretty darn close with a half a dozen contributors still lined up!

So like I said, I’m excited. I’m excited because I’ve taken a leap and it’s paying off. I’m so encouraged by all the friends and family that have helped either financially or simply by helping me promote it. And I’m EXTRA EXCITED because promoting people is my passion!!!

Remember what interesting12 is about?!

This is a news/ news commentary medley brought to you by budding journalist Maggie Barnes. Compelling, humorous, and thought provoking topics and events happen the world round every second…

This is why I am who I am! And with “remind me to tell you…” it’s going to be an extension of that, plus a place to let you HEAR my excitement. Because quite frankly I can be infectious when I think something is great. Each episode of the podcast will be rounded out with a segment called: That’s Fantastic! It will be used to promote or feature the good works of a person, organization, or event.

It would be great to talk about for example the many wonderful things my very own friends are doing that I find to be wonderful!

Like………..drumroll please!

A former coworker of mine Karinah Guzman is a part of www.PursuitOfTruthFilm.com

The Vertigo Charitable Foundation’s mission is to reform the justice system’s response to adult survivors of child abuse who seek legal redress against their accusers. Why? Because she herself is an adult survivor of exactly this type of crime.

This is what happened to her. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/South-Bay-Man-Sentenced-Today-for-Sex-Crime-101294954.html

She used that trauma to be an inspiration and she had a major successful fundraiser as well: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thevalley/the-valley

See how her film progress went here http://thevalleyfilm.blogspot.com/

She did something fantastic and she still is today! (She’s also a blogger herself. Check her out http://karinahguzman.wordpress.com/)

This is an example of what I’d highlight in my That’s Fantastic Segment. It will be all kind of great stuff, well produced by yours truly.

And I’m excited. (In case you haven’t noticed.)

There’s still time to donate, I’d love to have you on my contributor team 🙂

http://www.indiegogo.com/interestingreminders.

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About maggie.

Maggie Barnes is a nonprofit and for profit business content specialist / social media consultant; and social sciences web writer interested in everything from psychology and sexuality, to technology, race, and economics. She is passionate about good communication and information accessibility.

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