On May 27th, 2004 I finished high school. It is hard to believe that was 10 years ago today. I remember the excitement of finally being done with public education and looking forward to finally being an adult. I kept imagining to myself where will I be 10 years from now. Its funny to look back and see that what I imagined and what happened aren’t exactly the same.
In high school I played basketball during my freshman year and part of my sophomore year. I joined band during the second semester of my sophomore year and finished high school in band. Band was such a big part of my life then and during the time I thought music would always be with me. Funny how life changes. I barely touch my saxophone today (mostly because I live in an apartment and I don’t want to annoy my neighbor, lol!) However, I also don’t play it since life seems to keep me busy and music isn’t a passion like it was for me 10 years ago.
When I was graduating I imagined that in 10 years I would be done with college, married, have children, and be an accountant. I also imagined that I would live in Louisiana too. Flash forward to 10 years later and I have finished college, got married, hope to have a baby in the next year, and I’m an Accounting Associate. I’ve moved to Indiana too. So far I’m on track with almost everything I thought would happen.
I’ve also put on weight since high school. Lol!
But there were many things that happened along the way that I never could have predicted. It took me about 9 years to finish college! I changed colleges and my majors many times. I married in my mid-twenties instead of my early twenties like I thought I would when I was 18. I’m not really an accountant but I do some light accounting work. I’ve also lost the passion for music and instead I have a passion for tabletop games. The last 10 years have been an amazing adventure and I don’t regret anything! I am happy and so very blessed. What will the next 10 years bring I don’t know. I can only guess but I’d prefer to watch it unfold.
I’ve never ran my own Kickstarter so I can’t speak on behalf of the business side.
The number 1 thing I would recommend to anyone backing something on Kickstarter is know who you are backing. Notice I didn’t say “what” but “who.” Yes, you are backing a specific product but you need to make sure the company is reputable. Have they had other Kickstarters? Did those get delivered? Or are they new to crowdfunding? Now, if they are new that’s where you have to decide your risk/reward factor for yourself. Everyone knows their own disposable income and if you can drop $100 on Kickstarter that doesn’t deliver and not bat an eye then go for it! My thought is if you don’t know the company then decide how much money you are willing to lose since the company is just starting out and may actually not deliver on their promises. Sorry that’s my own cynical view.
Probably just as equally important is PATIENCE! People who have Kickstarters are trying their best to deliver the goods on time (there are exceptions though.) They can’t foresee all the delays, especially when working with printers from overseas. As long as they are trying to make good on their promises just be patient with them. You’ll get your reward and you’ll forget that there was ever a delay.
Lastly, don’t be one of those people who say “I backed the project for the idea not the reward.” That drives me up the walls! If someone “truly” backed a Kickstarter for the idea and not the reward then they should select “no reward” when they pledge. They really wanted a reward just like everyone else so just ignore people who act all high and mighty.
I’m not an expert on this matter but if you are thinking about backing a Kickstarter project for the first time I would suggest keeping some of things I mentioned in mind. Don’t be a victim of a Kickstarter that didn’t deliver but also don’t be one of those people who complain about delays either.