Day One: You blew us away!
Wow, we made more than 10 percent of our goal! On the first day!
THANK-YOU SO MUCH early-adopting supporters. (MairZDoatz, I believe you were the earliest. Can we make you "Emeritus," or "Sergeant-at-arms?" You are true-blue for The Brew!)
I wish I could report that we were popping champagne corks and watching the ka-ching-ing but, um, no, we weren't. The goal's still a long way off. Meanwhile we have a site to put out (Those Board of Estimates agendas aren't going to analyze themselves!) and other demands to deal with.
Really it was a typical Brew day, with all of us keeping the plates spinning …
Ben - in the midst of getting the Kickstarter links placed on the site and e-blasted - had to duck out to teach a class at MICA.
Mark was trying to make sense of those Kickstarter rewards, copy edit the text, get a Brew intern launched and push the ball on his own reporting.
When she wasn’t working in the bike shop, Meredith was trying to map out the whole 45-day promotion schedule in hopes of keeping Fern and Mark from getting lost in the reporting and editing and posting.
And Fern was emailing everybody, it seemed, about everything – from fellow Brewers to generous backers to the man behind Pork ‘n Pine, a one-man operation in which a guy dressed as Santa delivers, by giant tricycle, a Christmas tree to your door and also give you a pulled-pork sandwich. (Watch your favorite Kickstarting news website for more on this operation.)
There was an exciting moment when we saw on Twitter that @baltimorebrew was “trending now” in Baltimore. The we checked the Twitter trendsma and saw what meme we came in second to:
pledged of $15,000 goal
seconds to go
Dec 8, 2011 - Jan 22, 2012 (45 days)
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You get our sincere thanks and - if you wish - your name listed on the site as a supporter.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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The above + we'll mail you a very cool Baltimore Brew bumper sticker.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
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The above + an invite to a caffeine-themed Mug-a-Rama event in Baltimore, where you'll meet the Brewers and receive a Baltimore Brew coffee mug.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Listing/sticker + claim your mug at a Brew staff meeting, where you can lobby Mark on your pet issue or tell Fern she overdoes it with the alliteration.Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Listing/sticker + invite to a Brew Books Breakfast to claim your mug and (while supplies last) a signed copy of a Brew contributor’s book (Rafael Alvarez, Mark Reutter, others. See details on Brew) or a printout of Brew story.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Listing/sticker/mug + dinner with the Brewers at one of our favorite Baltimore ethnic restaurants.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Listing/sticker/mug + join us for a special guided Brew bike ride through Baltimore - lunch, post-industrial scenery included.Estimated delivery: May 2012
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1 backer Limited (39 of 40 left)
Listing/sticker/mug delivered at Book Breakfast or Mug-a-Rama + a full-color, bound book "Best of the Brew" a compilation of our favorites from the Brew archives.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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All of the $500 level stuff + two months of advertising on The Brew within our guidelines. (We'll make the mug&sticker available in March!)Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
All of the above $1.000 level stuff plus a framed print of an original Jennifer Bishop photograph (published 7/1/11 in The Brew).Estimated delivery: Jun 2012