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Telling the stories, pointing out the paths that make human steps historic.
Telling the stories, pointing out the paths that make human steps historic.
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Dare me for a dollar

In addition to generating necessary financial support, a Kickstarter campaign creates a learning process. I am an outrageously lucky/blessed man to have generated the amount of financial support I have for the podcast. I have no doubt about that. What has surprised me, and probably wouldn't have with the right amount of research beforehand, is how challenging it is to get the $1 backing.

It's not just my project, either. There is another group posted in my area raising funds to cut a record. They offered incentives at $1, $4, $8, $10 and then two at $12 and go up from there. They have 31 backers and they've raised $2,255 as of today. And yet the lowest amount pledged to them is the second $12 offering.

There are two reasons to do a Kickstarter campaign. One is the obvious one, the only one Kickstarter itself measures success by, and that is the financial goal. Assuming things stay at least as good as they are for the next couple of weeks, I have far exceeded my goal.

The second reason is to create backers. For me the attraction there, if I might be so forthright, is the idea that someone who plunks down a dollar is more likely to come listen to the podcast when it's ready.

I read a story that showed how creative some people have become to generate the smallest donations. One guy offered to yell the contributor's name as he chased a duck. We have ducks in our area, but I'd rather leave them alone.

Kickstarter prohibits a campaigner from changing the enticements once the campaign has begun, so I can't officially change anything. But I am open to ideas. What can I do for you that would encourage you to back my campaign? You want me to sing? I can do that. Tell a joke? I can probably make that happen. Call someone with a message from you? That sounds like fun. Got an idea for something that would just be a personal stretch for me? I'm open to that.

Let me know. Contact me at or post a message on the Field of Steve Facebook page and tell me what you'd like me to do and I will consider doing it for the low price of $1. If I agree, then you put your dollar down and I will comply. And to those of you who have already backed the project, it's only fair that you get that offer, too, only you have already paid so don't worry about pledging more. So if you've got an idea, send it to me.


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      Sharon O'Hara on July 7, 2013

      Open mouth, insert foot ... Right side left side, all around the Elf I could not get a foot high enough to get inside much less both feet on the pedals and a fat rear end in the seat to ride it.
      The opening is too high - my knee went over - the rest of me sweated and strained outside trying to get in.
      The 2 x 4 my husband brought over to get me high enough to get my foot over the rim of the opening - didn't.
      The fitness guru who has been pushing me into shape three days a week for the past seven weeks said something like we'll work harder and try it again in a week.
      My husband handed me the walker.
      Steven. I didn't get to ride it - yet. A swivel seat and/or working out harder and dropping this weight will get me more nimble and pedaling the Elf one day.
      I can tell you it goes really well because i watched it being driven out of and back into my driveway...and giggled like a kid.
      I was informed it will take my 260 weight as a rider.... So if you weigh that or less?
      Regretfully, Sharon

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      Sharon O'Hara on July 3, 2013

      Steve - The last response I have is that the Elf is proven to a 170 lb rider and a 300 lb cargo. I currently weigh 260 lbs and will ride it today and see what happens.

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      Sharon O'Hara on July 3, 2013

      Steve- Just saw this now thanks to today's update. I'll double check but when I committed to buy the Elf, the rider could be around 350 lbs and another 350/400 lbs carry weight. I have two batteries to help pedal it on the hills. I'll get an updated rider weight limit.
      We can substitute the Magnum, good to a 400 lb rider but its strictly pedal power. We can shorten the ride and the fun if need be.
      Good sport, Steve - thank you! Mr Dean and Ms Molly say thanks too.

    4. Steven Gardner Creator on June 24, 2013

      Sharon, I tentatively accept that challenge. I only hedge because I want to be sure the bikes can handle a guy my size. If it can, I might be able to do the ride this Saturday.

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      Sharon O'Hara on June 24, 2013

      Steve - Dean and Molly O'Hara each want the dollar pledge for you to ride my covered tadlole recumbent trike ELF from here make a loop of downtown Poulsbo and back. It has a battery to help pedal up the hills. :)