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Update #15

A Good Run

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Well backers, it was a good run! Thanks for being involved in our campaign! We've recorded a quick voice memo for you to listen to, just so you can hear our praises and adulation in a more personal way. Plus, it was way too much to type. Totally kidding! You know I would've been happy to write another pages-long update! Frankly, it just felt like a better way to express our thoughts. And, I like to talk a lot.

We excitedly cover some highlights we experienced, engage in deep moments of personal reflection,  and stoke our spirits for the next steps with Inkd. You should be able to 'hear' the smile on my face, which is no joke, because although challenging to our wits, we tried to keep it fun so the experience was positive. Part of that smile I'm sure is in realizing we'll have our first actual day off in 40 days ;) 

Thanks again for all your support, and please complete our signup page to get all of our juiciest, raciest, and most controversial updates! Actually they're not much of that, but they're pretty darned cool:

http://inkd.me/signup/

Cheers!

The Inkd Team 

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Update #14

A Fantastical Update

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Howdy, faithful backers! We're in the final hours of what's felt like a long but awesome campaign!

It reminds of watching a really good Basketball team play a tough game...HOO HOO HOOSIERS (oh pardon me, we're prone to outbursts about Basketball here in Bloomington). A game in which they might be down the whole time, but you notice they play just as hard until the very last second. As we thought about this last night, it was great to wake up and see this heart-warming and hilarious tweet from one of the local designers we idolize:

http://bit.ly/12cOJ1Z

While reaching out to everyone possible for a little extra 'juice' in donations, we actually exchanged some emails last night with a very well known entrepreneur/billionaire (who shall remain nameless for the moment) that was happy to take a look at our project (with or without Kickstarter). There's no telling if anything will materialize from it, but we will definitely keep you updated! More than anything, it was exciting to get a response & interest from someone at that level.

We'd love it if you would give us just one or two last blasts before the end of the night! Every pledge we get equals someone who was willing to believe in us with their hard-earned cash, and not only does it mean a lot to us, but it makes those people (you and whoever we can add before 11:11pm EST) part of a very special group. You can be sure we won't forget your generous nature! Here's a direct link to the campaign, which is super-duper easy to email, tweet, or share on facebook & Google+: 

http://kck.st/ZUBXE6

8 Hours left!! Remember what we said earlier, sharing is caring! ;) 

The Inkd Team 


Update #13

The Clock Ticks

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We have to admit, it's been a pretty awesome past few days! The article in Wired generated a ton of great buzz, and we learned these statistics about it's performance as of yesterday:

"the wired article posted 1489 page views and 1368 unique visitors, or about 3.7% of the daily flow of all Wired articles. To put it in perspective, our front page typically gets about 7-8% of all traffic.."

Something else that was extremely radical, is that Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots wrote a very complimentary blog post about us! In a really unfortunate stroke of bad-timing, the company that hosts her site had their servers attacked (which are still down) and so it was only up for a day. We just so happen to have a super-secret copy of the text, which you can read:

"Justin and Benedict talked to me about their app ideas at least a year ago (perhaps even earlier?) and their dreams are finally becoming a reality... with your help, that is!  

Ink'd will be more of a comics publishing platform, which means that if you love webcomics, there will be tons to read, and if you create webcomics, you'll have a place to start publishing on mobile devices. Wired recently featured a heartwarming article about what Ink'd could mean for budding creators. I'm offering my own incentive for people who donate; for $125, you'll get an original GWS strip from me (shipping included), personalized as you wish. You can either request a certain character(s) and I'll look for an original with him/her/them in it, or you can request a specific strip and I'll check to see if I still have its original for you. :) There are only three of these, so act fast!

I hope you'll help them out! If nothing else, it'd be nice to validate them for their hard work on this project, which has been created with webcartoonists in mind (they've mined my brain for feedback numerous times while they were designing the app, to make sure it would help us creators rather than hurt us!)."Danielle Corsetto 

The thread we posted on Reddit got some excellent action as well, and had an impact on pledges. Thanks for helping us pump it up! We posted another one today that has not only generated some good up-votes, but also some great discourse. Drop us some Karma if you have a quick second: redd.it/17jklg 

Another cool moment was getting the attention of Andrew Hyde (Founder of Startup Weekend!) who dropped us a pledge and tweeted the campaign out to his people! If you'd be so kind as to retweet it for us to your folks, that'd be super cool of you: http://bit.ly/TbVI7w

In these last several hours (30 to be exact) it's still important to bring in as many pledges as we can, as all of those who've pledged (you wonderful people, you!) become a support mechanism for us going forward no matter the outcome of the campaign. So, it means a lot to us that you've decided to pledge, and need your help sharing it with anyone you see fit. Here's a direct link to the campaign: http://kck.st/ZUBXE6

Thanks again for being involved, and we'll talk to you tomorrow! Always feel free to leave comments and/or ask us questions on the campaign page, through twitter, or email via contact@inkd.me! :)

The Inkd Team


Update #12

Final Stretch, Wired Article, Upvote on Reddit!

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We're in the final stretch! And you may or may not have seen it, but Inkd just got a really great write-up in Wired Magazine's Geek Dad section!! Which feels pretty amazing. It's fortunate that we have so many great people out there supporting us in ways like this, and so here's a big THANK YOU to them!

What we REALLY need some help with is getting the thread about this article 'up-voted' in Reddit. If you don't use reddit, it's not too complicated to create an account, and just click the little 'up' arrow next to the thread shown here: redd.it/17fma3

Getting into the top of the Webcomics category today could really help us out, so we'd love it if you're willing to share a mix of that, the Wired Article (http://bit.ly/Wl87Wj) and the direct link to this campaign (http://kck.st/ZUBXE6) through your twitters, facebooks, and other networks with all your gusto.

We're also hoping to see us in the featured space on Danielle Corsetto's site, Girls With Slingshots, sometime tomorrow and will be in touch with that news! Thanks again for being here :) 

The Inkd Team


Update #11

Meetups and More

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Last night we ventured up to Indianapolis (just a short drive from us) to attend the Indy Webcomics Group Meetup! Needless to say, we were excited network with the closest official, organized gathering of Webcomic fanatics available to us. And the turnout was their biggest yet! 

Lee Cherolis, the events organizer, was a true pleasure to sit and talk with. He co-produces a really great Webcomic called Little Guardians (along with Ed Cho) and was able to give us some incredible guidance and input on what we're doing with Inkd. He wasn't the only one with some great feedback, and we look forward to attending future events as a means to get even more in touch with Creators. Check out a couple snap-shots we took:

http://on.fb.me/10WzchC

We've only got 4 days left, and are still working away! Since it doesn't hurt to get creative, we just added another incentive level that seems completely unrelated, but we thought it would be fun. We've been lucky enough to bring along batches of my Father's fresh baked goods to various events, in which they are promptly consumed. One of our newest backers from last night even left a comment in jest, wondering at which donation level one could receive cookies/brownies. You speak, we listen! Reward #10 is now setup for just such an indulgence.  

In addition, we've livened up the writing of the actual campaign to more accurately reflect our jovial nature (in case you hadn't seen it). Thanks for all of your continued support, and we look forward to checking in with you tomorrow! :)

 The Inkd Team 


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