For this week’s assignment, we were asked to visit Kickstarter and find a project that interested us. I quickly learned that I could waste multiple hours looking at fascinating ideas on Kickstarter. There was a wide range of quality postings from DIY to full-fledge marketing campaigns. After hours of randomly searching, I came across a project that speaks to one of my guilty pleasures – sock monkeys. 🙂
A woman named DeLana Mead makes her own handmade sock monkeys. I quickly noticed that she was from Michigan – where I grew up; so I felt a bond between us instantly. I was also intrigued by her sock monkey designs. She was offering one of her custom designed sock monkeys for a pledge of $90 or more. This seemed a little steep for a sock monkey, but she doesn’t mention in her video that it takes 20+ hours per sock monkey to create. She was raising money to purchase a sewing machine to help speed up the construction of the custom clothing and for more sock monkey materials. This seemed like a pretty reasonable request from DeLana. I would be willing to pledge money to her cause, but I wanted a sock monkey (Socksquatch) that she shows in the pictures, but does not list as a pledge reward. I decided to send her an email to see if it would be an option if I pledged. Fingers crossed!
Picture courtesy of: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/728993194/pirates-zombies-boxers-and-more
As for myself, I have contemplated starting a Kickstarter campaign. I have been fortunate to be able to travel the world for a living. I have images from over 40 countries and I would love to get them bound into a book to share with others. I would even add in reviews and travel information for each location. Overall, it would be a large book with high definition images, maps, restaurant and hotel reviews and fun travel quotes. When I did a search for this type of idea on Kickstarter, it didn’t seem to get many pledges. I’m wondering if people aren’t interested in this type of thing or if the campaign wasn’t marketed well enough. I’m guessing that I would have to find that one thing that made my book special. I feel that travel books are usually all pictures or all reviews. I want to create something in the middle yet make it fun and quirky. Maybe, when I get a break from grad school, I’ll try putting a campaign together.