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Update #6 - For backers only

Working on it!

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Update #4

I'm back...I'm here! And I am NOT a scam artist...

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I’m back – I’m here! I haven’t abandoned the project and I haven’t scammed anyone!!!

Please bear with me and read my statement….I will try to be as brief as possible…and PLEASE understand I am taking this VERY seriously.

When I posted this project, I timed it to coincide with the closing on my new house. My plan had been to (chronologically):

• Close on the house

• Move into the new digs and get settled

• The Kickstarter project wraps and is funded

• I start on the logos

• I finish the logos while working on a HUGE project abroad for a foreign client.

• Come home at the end of April, all the logos done and delivered, and the big project wrapped up, everyone happy, I get to spend some time reconnecting with my family

What I hadn’t planned on was:

• The closing being delayed over a week

• Having a natural gas line leak in the wall causing us (me, my son, my GF and her two children) to be displaced after we had moved in

• Having the main drain pipe leak between a wall and the ceiling having us displaced TWICE more (if anyone had told me building a new home was akin to Tom Hanks’ The Money Pit, I might have bought an existing home)

• Being worked 16 – 20 hours a day, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK – for SIX WEEKS, leaving me no time to do anything but eat, sleep and breathe that other project, sapping up every ounce of creative energy – and actual time – to do the logos in (what I thought would be) my free time.

Yes…the working trip for that other project was planned. I know how much work volume I can produce and the time allotted would have easily accommodated successful, on-time completion with me working in the evening and weekends (that elusive “free time” I wasn’t actually afforded while working abroad). Since I was going to be somewhere I didn’t care to be and was going to be away from my family, I figured it was the best way to pass my time and make the time go by faster…by knocking out your logos when I wasn’t actively working on the other project.

None of this is anyone’s fault but my own. I assumed, going into the other arrangement (long before I posted the Kickstarter project) that my life would be like it is normally: I arrive at my desk (my workplace)…work 8, 10, 12 hours (max)…call it a day for my long-term client work…produce other projects in my free time. It simply didn’t happen due to circumstances beyond my control. And now, here I sit, with a healthy heaping of egg on my face. Shame on me – and I am ashamed.

So, here I am now, with April all but over…I just returned home after being away from my GF and our children (and for those of you who might inquire, I returned home in the early morning hours yesterday…overwhelmed, jet-lagged and just plain worn out) and many of you are pissed…and you should be. For those of you who are waiting patiently, I thank you! For those of you wearing out of patience and being vocal about it…I am with you…I would be doing exactly what you’re doing, probably more. By all appearances, this looks bad and I get that. But I am back…I am here…and I am ready to get to work happily and dutifully fulfilling my obligations. I love to design J

Given where I am at (where we are), I am clearly going to miss April as a deadline. And, honestly, I have other work scheduled that needs to be done (I am SO far behind on ALL my queued projects – shame on me again). But I can produce at least one logo per day, EVERY DAY, until all backers have been satisfied. There are 68 of you…a handful didn’t follow through with backing the project. So I am looking at a max of 60 days to finish (this is what I had planned originally). There will certainly be days where I get more than one designed – some days I will get MANY more than one designed. I am sure of it. But one will be created and delivered EVERY DAY. I will start this Monday.

I would appreciate your feedback on my plan…and ask for forgiveness for my very poor planning. I am where I am and it is what it is and I can’t change the past. So respond as you wish. I expect to be flamed and chastised and you’re more than welcome to tell me exactly what you think of me and this whole cluster of a mess – I can take it and agree with your aggravation. And I will, once again, thank those of you who sent messages of support. None of you have been left hanging and I am going to make sure you’re all VERY pleased with the logo(s) I produce for you.

Sincerely,

Michael Alden


Update #3

A loud "HEY" to my Rockin' Kickstarters -- THANK-YOU!!!

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Wow! Success...thank-you so much for believing in me and making my project a smashing success :)

I'm already getting emails from folks anxious to get started -- and I can hardly blame you! I am chomping at the bit myself. Here's a quick overview of what you can expect going froward from here...

  • First, I will be posting a questionnaire for you to fill out...just a customary form seeking details about the logo you want me to create for you. I will be posting this within 48 hours -- I know, the sooner the better :)
  • As the questionnaires start rolling in I will be tackling these logos in the order you backed the project! It just seems like the most fair way to approach things. So, the first backer will get their logo first. Second backer, second. So forth and so on.
  • Please keep in mind that many of you backed the project seeking multiple logos...so a single backer might be getting a few of these gems along the creative process. Rest assured I will be getting your logo done as soon as humanly possible!
  • With 68 backers this project might well take me into April to fulfill...but I will be cranking on these every waking hour to try and get them all out to you sooner.

Once again, thank-you for believing in me and I'm really super excited to be working with you! And keep a keen eye out for that questionnaire...it's coming!

Michael =]


Update #2

Potentially GREAT News!

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When I posted this project, I was preparing for the best (worst?!?) when I guesstimated an April delivery. Unless this thing grows some legs and takes off running, delivery *may* be much sooner -- possibly even the latter part of February! But let's not get too carried away here...there are still 24+ days left for this thing to blow up. Are ya rooting for me? If so, tell your friends, family and neighbors...and THANKS for the support thus far =]

Update #1

The Ultimate Success Formula...

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1. Know your outcome!

I've got that one down...I want to make a cuss-load of Backers of this project a cuss-load of KILLER logos!

2. Take action!

Check! Did it. You're looking at my project -- it took some action to get this thing up and running.

3. Notice what's working and what's not...

Things aren't working out too great. If they were a whole lot more people would be wanting to back this project and get themselves a KILLER logo. 

4. Change your approach.

Check, again. New project name. New graphics. New video! Now who wants a KILLER logo for just $25?!? =]


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    Want to just lend a hand to show your support? Any Pledges of a dollar or more will be welcomed with tremendous appreciation and is guaranteed to inspire me to make the best logos ever! It's also guaranteed to better the lives of myself and my son =] I will even make a special section at the bottom of kickcusslogos.com listing Backers to the project who chose to not accept a reward. Thank-you!

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