Kickstarter & Me
I thought it would be interesting to run some numbers on all the Kickstarter projects that I have backed over the years.
I started contributing to crowd funded projects back in October 2014. I’ve spent around $1300 over 3½ years and 19 Kickstarter projects.
Breaking all the projects down by loose categories, it’s clear I go through waves of interest. Currently I’m in a book and software buying phase and over the stationary phase.
Diving a little deeper into each project:
|1||Bullet Journal||Stationary||Still in the plastic bag. I’m happy to have helped Ryder on his journey and own a piece of ‘stationary history’ in the meantime.||✓|
|2||Takumi Pen||Stationary||This was the first version of this pen. I was disappointed. It was too light and overall the execution was flawed. Some of these flaws were rectified in the new version.||✗|
|3||A leather belt to last a lifetime||Accessory||I grew fatter and never wore the belt. It’s not the product’s fault, I’ve just never used it…yet.||✗|
|4||Memobottle||Accessory||I live in the Middle East. I need cold water. This is a plastic bottle, doesn’t keep the water cool enough. Maybe I will get some use out of it in the future. Well executed project.||✗|
|5||Bomber Duffle Bag||Accessory||Use it when necessary. Excellent product. Highly recommended.||✓|
|6||Precision Coffee Grinder||Accessory||Took years to get to me. Then I learnt how to make cold brew and this was too much effort. Useful to have in the house, but not essential.||✗|
|7||PENXO||Stationary||Love the design. Doesn’t get as much use as I’d like.||✓|
|8||TIO||Accessory||Nice concept. Too difficult to re-order in the UAE. Used for 6 months and that was it.||✗|
|9||Tactile Turn Slider & Glider||Stationary||Loved the design. Totally disappointed by the fact that it’s too thick and the nipple falls off regularly.||✗|
|10||Sento Towel||Accessory||Does what it says on the tin. I love these towels and use the every day.||✓|
|11||The Pen Addict Live 2017||Video||Video was fine, except it didn’t really add very much to the overall experience. I would have wanted more stuff around the actual convention itself, and maybe some interviews. Alas the boys limit it to the actual show itself only.||✓|
|12||Indie Microblogging||Software||Can’t believe how little I paid for this initially, but it’s been great value for money, as all of my writing is being filtered through Micro.blog.||✓|
|13||Illustrated Classics by Pope, Shimizu & Sienkiewicz||Book||Still waiting.||-|
|14||Single Edge Razor 2.0||Accessory||Use this every other day. It’s not transformed the way I shave, but it’s provided me with a nice alternative.||✓|
|15||The Electric State||Book||Great looking book, but I’ve not read it yet.||✓|
|16||Change Is Good||Book||Still waiting.||-|
|17||Krama Pens & Pencil||Stationary||The metal version arrived, and it’s excellent. Still waiting for the plastic version.||✓|
|19||iA Writer for Windows||Software||Very useful. Use it in work nearly every day.||✓|
What’s not on this list is the plethora of projects that I did not end up backing and a couple of projects that I ended up buying things directly after the kickstarter project was already over.
Taking the last column and summarising it a little shows me that it’s generally been a positive experience and I’m either using the products or aim to use them in the future:
|No Regret||Some Regret||Jury’s Out|
Going forward my plan is, with regards to Kickstarter, to be a lot more discerning and selective in the projects that I back. Where I see something truly unique and special, that is where I should concentrate my efforts.