Saturday morning I awoke and it was like a switch was thrown. Instead of feeling heavy each time I thought about Treasure Hunt (or, really, anything), I was motivated and excited. So weird. Anyway, I finally completed my crowdfunding website (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shenandoah-treasure-hunt-movie#/) and began the arduous process of identifying people to email about it (Gmail tells me I’ve communicated with over 1,800 people, but only a small fraction of them will ever care about my movie).
My expectations for the crowdfunding aren’t that high; I really don’t have any experience with social media. Pretty much my only efforts are blogging and I’ve never promoted any of them. I used Google Analytics on one and was quite depressed to find that when I put out a new post I got a ‘spike’ of visitors that averaged a whopping 10. I probably got around 1-2 unique visitors a day, and this was when I was blogging on nearly a daily basis.
I don’t Tweet, nor Facebook. I used to LinkIn a lot, having been practically an alpha customer, but when they decided to have an IPO they made so many changes I lost any interest. I comment occasionally on the news sites or blogs I follow, but don’t make any sort of concerted effort to promote myself, keeping the focus on whatever article/post I’m responding to.
That doesn’t mean I don’t see the value, it just means it’s not something built-in to go out an trumpet myself. Assuming I go forward with this making movies idea, getting a social media manager is a very important step.
I haven’t bothered to check metrics to see if any actual humans were visiting this blog, not wanting to get depressed with the answer. But if you are out there, first, thank you for visiting. Second, please tell your friends about the crowdfunding page and I encourage you to be the first to donate. I’d prime the pump myself, but doing so is strictly verboten.