Anna Spargo-Ryan

Where I say thank you whilst crying

Yesterday my Pozible project ended.

If you click through, you’ll see that an incredible amount was pledged. $3,851 worth of backing, well, me.

The target was $6,000, so I didn’t quite get the project funded, but that doesn’t make the support demonstrated any less amazing.

I wanted to offer my sincerest thanks to those 72 people who thought that what I wanted to achieve was worth putting actual dollars into. Especially Rose Wintergreen, Sam Quigley and Sarah Moran, who believed in my goal more than I did.

As the project due to a close with no obvious sign that it would be funded, I was surprised by my actual crying at the computer. Not because I was disappointed, but because I was pretty much completely overwhelmed by how many people actually gave a shit.

In a last minute effort that I left too last minute, more than a thousand dollars was pledged. Neil ruddy Gaiman tweeted a link to my project – it had already closed, but I still did an ugly dance about it.

So thank you for your support. I believe in the importance of this story and will continue to write it, just a bit more slowly. This project may not have given me the funds to take time off to dedicate to writing, but it has given me a serious boost to my motivation and the general smugness required to put words down.

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I’m Anna, a digital strategist and writer who likes to drink 'Ice Tea' but doesn't understand why it's not called 'Iced Tea'. By night and occasionally morning, I eat things, write things, berate my children, walk my dogs and hug my chocolate.

Comments

  • August 18, 2012 1:25 pm

    I’m sorry you didn’t make it to your target. Maybe give it a while and then try again?

  • Jules

    August 18, 2012 1:58 pm

    Anna, I’ve seen quite a few projects well short of the target about 2 days out, then they make it last minute. I suspect the people put their own money in to get there so they can collect the pledges and at least have some of the project subsidised. Maybe not exactly how it’s supposed to work but the supporters put in because they want to see you achieve your goal so there’s no harm (perhaps for next time..)

      • August 18, 2012 3:10 pm

        No way I’m all for that. I think if you pledge your own money to tip it, then most people would actually allocate those funds to the project. It makes the goal real.

  • August 21, 2012 9:22 am

    Oh Anna! I absolutely understand where you’re coming from, but didn’t realise how you were feeling until it was too late! You must BELIEVE!!! And you will! Hopefully despite the fact it wasn’t a successfully funded campaign this time around this experience will make you feel all mushy and a bit more confident.

    I’m going to do my darndest to make sure you try again! I don’t want to wait longer! And those people who said they were willing to pledge $4,000 don’t want to either.

    You will be feeling my loving boot at your bottom in the near future, for sure.

    x

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