Getting down to work.

posted 22 Apr 2013, 03:47 by Jo Grace
Number of new backers: 3      Total backers: 36     Funding £1,274

James left for his first day at work, and I had the whole day to focus on the project. James regularly works until 8 or 9pm at night so I have plenty of time to focus uninterrupted. 

I thanked retweeters, welcomed new followers and introduced them to the project, I wrote more emails and explored my contacts in other social networks. One of my rewards is a guest blog post from me on topics relating to sensory learning. I have been reading academic papers on the topic for a year now, and have a book downloaded onto my kindle which is helping to keep me informed. This I combine with anecdotes from my work. I can offer people chatty, fly on the wall sort of blogs about my life as a creator of sensory stories, or something more academic that quotes papers and people from the field, depending on which they want. 

I worked on a  blog post for Apollo Ensemble liasing with the backer to make sure I got the content right. He suggested I release a project update to make people feel like something was happening. I followed his advice: Update 1 He gave me lots of other helpful suggestions for tweaks to the project page. I was a bit nervous about some: if you make a change that Kickstarter don't like your project is removed from the site and won't be put back. It has taken so much effort to get the project live I didn't want to do anything to jeopardise it. His final suggestion was that I release a shorter version of  the film because most people wouldn't watch 7mins.  I knew this was right, but the thought of refilming....I just couldn't. When we'd filmed I'd been full of excitement. I'd worn the dress I wear to friend's weddings. I'd got everything ready. I couldn't do any of those things now, the dress was in a different country, as was the computer James had edited the film on, and I now looked like someone who'd spent too long starring at a computer screen. I couldn't re-film. But I knew the advice was right, the Kickstarter dashboard showed that only 32% of people who started watching the film watched the whole thing.

Radio 2 get in contact. My interview was their most talked about feature on Friday, they wanted me to come back on and update them. I agreed and they sent me a list of questions, asking me to indicate how I might answer.  I filled out my responses like a child trying to do well in an exam, but added with uncharacteristic firmness at the bottom of my message that I would appreciate the chance of mentioning the project.

The people I’ve talked to from the start of the project, via twitter, are supporting me in more ways than just being ‘backers’: making suggestions, sharing the project, giving me advice and encouragement. I’m feeling less alone. My sister-in-common-law works tirelessly on Facebook promoting the project. I’m very touched when a PGCE student backs the project in exchange for a story. I briefly allowed myself to imagine the story being used in her class. I haven't been allowing myself to think of the project completing, not because I'm a pessimist but because if I do I'll get carried away inventing stimuli, I've already found a tiny music box in town that would be perfect...

Live on air:

It is very strange listening to the radio down a phoneline only to have it suddenly speak to you: “We have Joanna Grace live on the line again...” At 21:08 I answered Simon's questions then, thinking of the PGCE student I take a deep breath. “Can I just say a thank you?” I ask. I’m able to thank the my backers live on air, and the project gets a much clearer mention.

I warned my twitter followers that I’d be on and afterwards I'm touched to see that people have tweeted Simon Mayo whilst I was on air, asking him to ask me about the project. I went through the twitter feed from last week’s broadcast and replied to everyone who'd commented on my interview.

Once more it has no impact on the numbers, but it felt good to be able to say thank you and it caused a stir in Facebook and Twitter.

The project crosses the £1000 marker thanks to another PGCE student. I am happy that the project is reaching the people I wanted to create it for. 

James’ first day at work went well (although his boss did slam James’ fingers in a van door). He was proud of me for being on the radio again. It's too hot in our room to sleep.