So, what do you think about Kickstarter posts?

Published May 20, 2018 by Iphis of Scyros

I’ve at least once posted here to spread the word about a Kickstarter that I was worried wouldn’t make its funding (and a few more times on my other blog), but what do people think about more frequent posts about Kickstarters I’m backing?

I’m not talking about a weekly thing, naturally.  Just a “when it seems appropriate” thing.  When a campaign thematically ties to some of my frequent blogging themes (like this visual novel based on Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, for example), or when I’m really worried it won’t fund or won’t reach an important stretch goal.

See, Kickstarter campaigns are always asking their backers to spread the word on social media, but I’m not on any social media other than WordPress, so there’s not a lot I can do about it.  (Frustratingly, some of them have contests and/or special stretch goals that require their link be liked or re-thingied or whatever.  (Hey, I’ve never even used these things, I don’t know how they work!)  And I really can’t do anything about that.)  Posting about the campaigns on my blog(s) is about all I can do, but I don’t want to annoy anyone with unrelated posts that will just come off as asking for money (even though I’m not the one getting the money).

The types of Kickstarter campaigns I might post about on this blog could include games (board and video), books (mostly graphic novels, but also some regular novels), various campaigns working to protect the environment (replanting trees, buying virgin forest to protect it, that kind of thing), short films and documentaries.  Possibly other stuff, too, but these are the only ones I can think of.  Though maybe the games would be a better fit on my other blog.  That might be a case-by-case thing.

I won’t start posting about Kickstarter campaigns (outside of exceptional circumstances) without direct confirmation that people actually want to read those kind of posts.  So please, if you have an opinion one way or the other, voice it.  (Preferably within a week.)

Just one more thing…

Before I close off this post, I want to post links to some Kickstarters that are going to end before the week is up.  And a few that will only have a day or two after that week, thus not having much time left to benefit from a post.

Two documentaries, one about Helen Keller, and one about a student protest a few years ago against their university deciding to permit concealed carry on campus.

A graphic novel that’s calling itself a “visual novel with no choices and in print!”  The campaign page is a bit lacking in a proper summary, but the “demo” is very entertaining, and I think if the book itself maintains that level of quality, then it’s going to be a fun read.  (All I can tell for sure is that it involves a college student, his boyfriend, time travel, and possibly some magical girl parody elements?)  Honestly, even though I’m not 100% sure what’s in it, I know I want to read it.

And one visual novel, that’s very hard to describe, but really amazing.  (There’s a demo posted, which will give you an idea of how amazing this game should be!)  It’s a bit dystopian cyberpunk, a bit urban fantasy, and the final game will have sexual content featuring a body positive, diverse lesbian cast.

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