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.

Category No.
Accessory 7
Stationary 5
Books 4
Software 2
Video 1

Diving a little deeper into each project:

No. Project Name Type Notes Usefulness
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.
18 Inspire Book Still waiting. -
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
10 6 3

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.


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