One week ago today, on the last morning of our 38-day Kickstarter campaign that involved four live events and uncountable networking meet ups, taking me first to Florence, then from London to Nashville to New York to Rhode Island, back to New York, then to London, then Paris, and back to London again, I awoke at 4:30am GMT with a start.
It had become commonplace for me to sprint for 16-18 hours a day between dog walks and 4-5 hour nightly naps. Some nights I didn’t really sleep at all, merely rested, while going over the to do list again and again in my head. I was running on sheer adrenaline by this point – that and the fumes of way too much caffeine ingested for way too many days that coursed through my veins and caused my nervous system to fritz out at even the slightest provocation. I was exhausted, but exhilarated and unwilling, unable to stop, because one thing was clear: The crowd was behind me. YOU were behind me. I now had a responsibility, not just to myself, but also to the TTT&T Team, who had all worked so hard and given me so much, as well as to a community of supporters that was expanding daily with every new campaign backer, twitter follower, and Facebook friend.
On the penultimate night of the campaign, I stopped work early – at about 8:30pm. I couldn’t hold my head up any longer, couldn’t will my fingers to type another word. As I closed my computer, we had only $750 left to raise. I felt certain we would make that goal by midnight GMT the next day. I fell to sleep quickly and slept soundly.
When my eyes opened nine hours later, at 4:30am, 26 June, there remained only $59 to raise with 19 hours still left on the clock.
Giddy with both shock and delight, I laughed so loud that I woke my best friend and husband, Jim, and caused Gryffindog to jump up from a deep sleep and bark in surprise. Over night, just under $700 had trickled in without my having to do anything. Indeed, the campaign seemed to have taken on a life of its own just a few days before with pledges clocking it at between 1-5 each hour.
Emails, tweets, and Facebook messages had also come in over night from virtual friends worldwide saying they’d wanted to be the one to take us past the goal post, but they couldn’t stay awake any longer so were happy to get us that much closer.
“Look Jim, it's happening. The crowd is going to take us over the finish line.”
I had not planned ahead to celebrate: I’d been way too busy dealing with campaign demands, all urgent, everyday; and I hadn’t wanted to jinx the campaign outcome. But Sophie’s pledge made our success real. And so, she joined me and Jim and Gryffindog, as well as a few neighborhood friends I managed to pull together, for an impromptu raising of glasses at 11pm one week ago today, 26 June (we couldn’t wait until midnight or Sophie would have missed the last Tube home.)
I owe it to YOU, the Team, Mary Hoffman, all my campaign backers, past and present, as well as a world of well-wishers my commitment to fulfill the promise of our campaign.
I am humbled by your belief in me. I am excited and not a little afraid to attempt to make good on my promise to you, for what if I fail? This Kickstarter win represents only one success among all the little ones already achieved and the many big ones yet to come. With your patronage and participation, I am confident that we will achieve what we’ve set out to do… and then some.
Because it isn’t just about me anymore. It’s about We. And I’m here to tell you: I’ve felt it, and the motivating power of the community is strong. It's also nice to know I'm not alone!
So let’s do this thing. May the real work begin!
Let’s move our community from success to success.
Strap yourselves in. It’s going to be a fun ride!