A BQB Kickstarter?

Hey 3.5 readers.

If you’re a young creative person, you really have no idea how good you have it.  I know, every generation tells the next generation that, but it’s true.

In the 1990s, I thought it might be possible to start your own website and share your writing online while bypassing the traditional gatekeepers.  Some early pioneers with HTML coding skills were able to do just that but for the most part, it was too difficult for the average person.

Today, you have blog sites like WordPress where you type and WordPress codes.  You have social media to share your posts with like minded folks via hashtags.

But what about artwork?  Even as far back as the 1990s, the Internet was a very visual medium.  No one wants to read a block of text without some breakup in the monotony.

People used to read physical newspapers and not every article had a photo.  That’s because if you picked up a paper, you came to read.  Meanwhile, on the Internet, you’re trying to get people’s attention.  Flag them down as they pass by and for that you need artwork.

I was really surprised that an artist, based on my descriptions of two of this blog’s characters, Alien Jones and the Yeti, was able to produce this in a short time and frankly, at a reasonable price:

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I normally use shutterstock for most of this blog’s characters, but I was wondering if a kickstarter wouldn’t be in order?  By raising some funds, I could hire artists to draw Uncle Hardass, Vinny Baggadouchio, Professor Nannerpants, Dr. Hugo von Science, etc.

What say you, 3.5 readers?  Generally, I don’t like Kickstarter.  I feel it’s like virtual panhandling and it might be embarrassing to start it and get no support.  However, I think some original artwork could help bring this blog to the next level.

I’ve done as much as I can on the cheap.  The stats have increased every year.  The traffic slowly but surely gets slightly better over time, but that’s comparable to like, wind bringing sand to a beach and every five years the beach gets a quarter of an inch thicker.

Tell me your thoughts, 3.5.  If you’ve done a kickstarter, I’d like to hear your advice.  Is this a viable endeavor?

 

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5 thoughts on “A BQB Kickstarter?

  1. da-AL says:

    dunno, but would sure like to hear about any experience you might get with it.

    I took an online thru-the-library course on promoting stuff on net — & seems to me, between personal observation plus what the course taught, donors like to get at least a little sumthin’ right off the bat for their money, then more stuff later if things work out — sort of like how PBS, etc, give out tshirts & dvd’s for donations

  2. da-AL says:

    another thought along same lines — people want to feel like they’re participating somehow to the process & also want to see larger benefit of the project. am thinking of your recent book – have you thought about saying a bit about how people can benefit from your book?

    • Yeah I’ve read that a successful Kickstarter has to include the cost of rewards for the donors. So I’d have to figure out how much I’d need for the project and add how much to make a BQB T-shirt or something.

      No one seems to want my book. I only make a pitiful 80 cents in occasional Amazon payouts. Barely enough for extra cheese on my taco.

      Followers – well, first I’ve been at it for years. Second, on Twitter I follow people and then they follow you back. “Follow for follow” as they say. The true test of Twitter fame is if you are barely following anyone and yet a lot of people are following you – i.e. if people aren’t following you just in the hopes of getting a follow back, then they legit pushed the follow button because they really wanted to be updated on what you are saying.

      Unfortunately, none of it translates into conversions i.e. hits on the blog. 8000 twitter followers and I’m lucky if maybe 2 or 3 come over from Twitter to this blog in a week.

      Same with WordPress followers. I have like 2800 wordpress followers but very few actually read this fine blog.

      Most hits here come from search engines. 50 hits a day if I’m lucky and that’s after 4 years and writing 3,000 posts. 3000 posts working for me and I’m lucky if 50 hit on a random user’s web search.

      Lately in the new year I’ve seen it go to 70 or even 100 but usually about 50 hits a day is what I can expect. It’s taken years to get to that point. Is it worth it? Eh…all depends on when I get a fiction book out and if those hits translate into sales.

      • da-AL says:

        much appreciate your sharing!

        as for kickstarter, can only add that might be helpful to go thru it & see which kickstarters look interesting to you & why, ie are they slickly packaged, have videos, incentives, etc…

        to my mind, publishing is changing so rapidly that even ‘experts’ are not so ‘expert’ any longer. so folks like you & me do a lot of trial & error. my hope is that we share with each other, as I believe that writers can only gain that way.

        where are you? if you’re anywhere in CA, you can get a Los Angeles County library card that offers access to wonderful free things ie online teacher-led courses — all sorts of sales & writing oriented classes, etc

        here’s what I’ve maybe learned so far via experience & guessing:

        1. the more I post, the more visits I get. it is always a complete mystery to me as to what people will like. however, have learned it is total win-win to self & guests when I run guest posts & reblogs. love win-win!

        2. all the stuff I’ve researched say one should try to get somewhat of a following before publishing, as a book can only be ‘new’ once – so that’s what I’ve been concentrating on the last couple of years. before that, was totally averse to social media. as much as have found social media to be fun – it’s a huuuuuge drain on being able to focus on my books…

        a) a long-shot side benefit (fingers crossed very tightly that am correct) is that even if friends & followers aren’t book buyers, that agents looking for ‘author platforms’ take into account numbers of followers. this fuels my enjoyment in friending any & all, even spammy folk

        3. twitter is easy-ish to get followers, but mine mostly want to sell stuff to me, not discuss or buy books. given twitter folk’s love of brevity, would they want to buy whole literary novels from me? I post to twitter, but for both reasons don’t do a lot with it

        a) ditto for Medium, tho am happy it doesn’t seem near as rampant with time wasters as twitter seems to be

        4. since my start with social media, have concentrated on facebook under possibly deluded theory that since it skews a little older, those people have a little more time to read? also, seems easier to connect with real people there (in between weirdos who are laughably easy to spot, to mute, & to still plump up ‘friend numbers’)

        a) ditto for blog — which should’ve listed here as #1 as it’s what I regard as #1 part of all this

        5. as of last 6 mos, have been paying more attention to goodreads, in hopes that those people buy books…

  3. da-AL says:

    oh – & another thing – how did you get sooo many followers/friends? indeed you’ve got truckloads, especially on twitter 🙂

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