So the fundraising campaign I did for my trip to the Black Weblog Awards and Blogging While Brown Conference in July is officially over. First things first, I want to thank everybody that contributed. I truly have some of the greatest readers out there. It really means a lot to me and you most certainly will not be forgotten. I’d also like to thank everybody for the positive encouragement along the way. The fact that I was able to raise $1,125 in 3 weeks time is just…just…it’s a whole lot of humbling sh*t. I don’t throw that out there to gloat. I say that because I’m genuinely amazed at the amount of monetary support that came through and the number of people that chipped in.
Getting people to comment on a blog is difficult in itself. To have people take out their wallet or go through the paypal process out of pure kindness is a completely different animal. In going through this process, I learned a lot about myself, the people that read my stuff, and those that just wanna support anything positive. I also learned about the uglier side of raising funds in a public venue. You probably saw it in the ranting post.
Since this is a personal blog and and I said I’d talk about it, I wanna highlight a few things I discovered along the away. Let me pontificate ever so gently in list form:
The people that I thought wouldn’t donate were some of the first people to support.
I’m not going to bullsh*t you. There are some online folks in this section of the blogosphere that I genuinely thought disliked me for reasons I’d never understand. Such is life. And honestly, I didn’t think they would donate. Hell, I didn’t even know they read this site. But for whatever reason, they were some of the first people to contribute. Let’s not get it twisted, this isn’t a “OMG, they like me! They really like me!” thing. This is a “Wow, I was really off base in my expectations and perception” thing. It’s more difficult than I thought to read people via a computer screen…unless they’ve written a post. I’ve learned that there are people out there that value what I do even though they never say anything or only proceed to offer criticism. I’m more optimistic as a result and this leads to my next point.
I grossly underestimate my influence and the number of people I reach.
When I launched the campaign, I wasn’t even confident I’d hit my goal. I benchmark myself against a lot of the “successful” bloggers/writers out there and often feel like I’m lagging behind and playing catch up. I’m consistently telling myself that I should be further ahead than where I am and wonder what I can do to improve without losing myself. Basically, I let the filters go and things have started to pay off at a level I never expected. And looking at the age where a lot of these bloggers are taking off, I’m actually a little bit ahead of schedule. I don’t know that I would’ve reached this conclusion without this campaign.
Some of the people that I thought would donate were some of the first people to disappear.
So I posted this fundraiser to my “non-matrix” Facebook account (758 people) multiple times and emailed a lot of folks I know personally. Of the 76 donations I received, 10ish came from people I know away from blogging and social media. I was a little surprised. I support people pursuing their dreams including the rappers pushing CDs near Penn Station even though I may not end up playing the cd. Art respects art regardless of how good the other side perceives it to be. The same can be said for those that just enjoy it. I think I solved the mystery.
Men did what I thought men would do.
Of all the donations received, 7 were from dudes. Of those 7, 5 were from people I know outside of blogging including frat brothers and close friends. When I wrote the post announcing the campaign, I knew it’d be difficult to get any support from dudes in the blogosphere or elsewhere. After all, I am a man. The numbers turned out pretty much in line with what I anticipated.
69 women donated total and I’m giggling that it was 69. I received 76 overall donations.
69/76 = .907 = 90.7% of my support came from women. Let me drill down a little further. Pause.
2 dudes from the blogosphere donated.
2/76 = .026 = 2.6% of my support came from dudes in the blogosphere. Leaving 6.7% support from dudes I know from elsewhere.
Surprise surprise. Special thanks to the guys that supported. Daps and all that other sh*t. I have a lot more to say on the issue of men supporting stuff based on a few other recent events, but this isn’t the place to discuss. That’ll be a future post.
Conclusion: Slim loves women. This was never in doubt.
If I could put all of yall together (with the exception of family members because that’d be incest), I’d have an awesome Voltron Mega-Girlfriend. I cannot thank you enough for your support in this campaign and over the years. Some of you have been around since my dad passed in 2008. Others have only been in the mix a few weeks or months, but have done nothing other than encourage and motivate me at times where I really questioned myself. You are truly appreciated.
I still plan to send out individual thank you’s as promised. I’ll be getting around to that over the next few weeks. More than likely, it’ll be after the conference and awards. I thought it’d be cool to get some pics and stuff to share with folks that helped make this a reality. And for those that didn’t donate, there is no ill will or malice on my end. I’m just happy you care enough to read what I have to say. I’ma need you to vote for me next year when I put TRSJ in the hat for Best Personal Blog though. I’m just sayin. Men can ignore the smiley face. All 7 of you. But yeah…thanks folks!
With the utmost gratitude,