- Fundraising vs. Direct Artist Investment
These updates are way too few and far between. Sorry about that. But the blog is up (another of the small miracles my wife creates each day) and there will be more info and stories for your enjoyment there.
We're getting toward the monetary halfway point with this Kickstarter campaign with a little less than half the time to go. I'm feeling good about that. Pretty damn grateful in fact.
If you haven't jumped in yet, now would be the time so we don't worry Deb any more about reaching the $9k goal.
I've been holed up in a little motel in Gatlinburg TN for 6 DAYS! It's driving me a bit nuts, but my ankle needed time to get its shit together so we can get a move on.
What you backers have done (and you soon-to-be-backers) is such a cool thing I wanted to talk about it for a bit. For the last 5 years, I raised money for an organization that I considered to be a vocation: It was a calling both fantastic and dreadful that I dedicated my life to. The money raised was as close to the production of art as you can get in a non-profit. I kept the heat/ac turned off so we could put all the money on the stage. Ask Niki Blumberg, she'll tell 'ya.
But there was still a lot of little trickles of money that had to go to the City for this expense, the insurance guy for that expense, pension funds, building maintenance, rent... all kinds of stuff that had to be done to keep the organization going. Imagine when organizations get bigger. Just how much of the money donated goes directly to the creation of art? As a %, it probably gets better with efficiencies, but it's still a lot of dough siphoned off.
What you folks are doing by backing me through a direct channel like Kickstarter is taking out the 'middle men' in the creation of art. You are directly commisioning an artist, me, to create a work, in this case a book. Sure, Kickstarter takes a small cut, but there is very little between your money and my direct creation of a new work. Unique to this project, even my expenditures on things like this motel room, $33.17/night tax included, are fodder for the book. I got to talking to the 75 year-old lady who cleans my room. She's got quite a story to tell about her murdered son and yet she's here worrying about MY ankle.
Why is she being so nice? Why have so many been so nice along this trip? There is a generosity out here for thru-hikers unlike anything I've seen anywhere. They pick you up as a hitchhiker in a town where they won't pick locals trying to do the same. You'll find coolers stashed in the woods beside the trail filled soda and goodies. I ran across a whole encampment dedicated to making pancakes and hamburgers for hikers just before a long climb up Blood Mtn. Did you know that nearly the entire Appalachian Trail is maintained by volunteers? They shift the rocks, cut down fallen trees and clear bush 6 months out of the year out here. My motel room is half off because I'm a thru-hiker and I get 10% off at shops all over town.
What the hell is going here? I'm humbled and grateful for the all the support, but it got me thinking about the 'why's.' I know there are some mercenary folk looking to make a buck on hikers, but mostly I think it has something to do with pilgrimages. Actual punish-the-flesh type journeys. It does something to folks and they are moved to help the pilgrims succeed. So I asked some of the folks helping me why they do it. Some of it will go in a blog post (Click here for the blog: www.walkitoffnottoli.com ) called Pilgrimage I should have up in a few days, and I'll give you backers more detailed info and maybe some some soundbites, but the rest will end up in the book, including the story the of housekeeper who lost her son and yet takes care of 1,000's of hikers per year.
I expected suprise out here but where this pilgrimage is taking me is anybody's guess at this moment.
Thanks again for all the encouragement.
Chris GA-ME 1992
Tugboat GA-ME 2012
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