Go-Go Indiegogo!

I’m getting on a plane in short while to head out to WCSF and this seemed appropriate.

So I did that Indiegogo fundraiser to get me to WCSF. I think we can say it was a success. I made ‘goal’ in less than 16 hours. I’m $475 above goal actually.

Extra thanks to Frederick Townes, super-secret-anonymous person, and George Stephanis. The promised ‘posts in your name’ have also gone up for WP Engine (Plugin Licences, Upsells and Add-ons), Lisa Sabin-Wilson (Art History of Plugins), and Matthew Freeman (Scorched Earth Security). I’m trying to match up topics with things I think you’d like. If you have an idea of what I should write on, let me know.

Questions have come up!

What are you doing with the extra $475?

The funny thing is after fees, it works out to $265.11 – let me explain.

Most of the money came via Paypal. It was $940 outright and, after Paypal fees, was $870.94. Then you have to subtract $84.60 for Indiegogo fees, leaving me with $786.34. Of the $535 that’s left is money I won’t see until August 3rd or 4th, and I can expect to fork over $37.45 in fees for that, so I net $497.55, or $1283.89 total. That means I actually have an ‘extra’ $191.11 and I’m applying that to transportation and food. Now I will be getting a $74 rebate (I’m not sure why) a week later, so it’ll be $265.11 extra. All that double-dinging was expected (by me). It’s what you get when you mess with these things.

So! What will I be doing with my extra $265? Food and taxis and the like. It’s San Francisco. I’m sure it’ll *ahem* eat my money. Anything extra will be spend on WC Chicago.

Are you nervous?

Like you don’t even know. This is mostly because after I got this sorted out (literally the day after), I was asked if I wanted to speak at WCSF. Of course I said yes. This will be my first time speaking about WordPress, and the first public speaking I’ve done in far, far, far, too long. Like … college long. Yikes! All those posts I’ve got to write aren’t helping, either. I’ll be traveling alone to San Francisco, where I’ve only been maybe twice in my adult life. I don’t have a tuna safety net (people I know fairly well in person already and know our online vibe is the same, though I have two that I suspect will become that).

Yes, I’m scared and nervous. My friends are telling me not to be, I’m just nervous by nature about this stuff.

Why don’t you have a WordPress job?

I keep telling people, I don’t hate my job. Some of the time. I love it when I get to do the work I was hired to do (automation, improving our crappy CMS, etc). The problem is I get maybe 2 to 5 days a month where I can sit down and do that. The rest of the time it’s paperwork, internal negotiations, and being treated like an untrustworthy criminal who should be grateful to have a job. And yes, I’ve said as much to my managers. Multiple times. And no one’s fired me yet.

Given that I don’t want to be a consultant (hated it), I’ve had some interviews with companies. Wish me luck!

Do you know about Ryan Duff’s Campaign? How did that make you feel?

I encouraged Ryan to try. I mean, hell, I had zero expectations about this. I thought I might luck out and that would be amazeballs, but the more likely scenario was that I’d get some money, and maybe hit up my family as a favor. Ryan had a shitty hand dealt, and I’m glad it worked out for him. Past that, I’m pretty zen about it.

What about those other sites?

Oh that.

Yes. I noticed that Ryan got ‘pickup’ by two WP related news-ish sites and I didn’t. Ryan and I already talked about it, he knows I have no issues with him, and I don’t feel any animosity about that. Yes, I find it a bit peculiar, but the simplest reason why is that they missed it happening. I don’t care to make a fuss about something that silly.

No way, you’re not really speaking.

Yes way. (Also that wasn’t a question, Tim. Andrea helped me write my bio.)

If you’re speaking, don’t they pay for you to come out?

I’m sure, had I asked, they would have. But I’d feel like an ass to first take money from your generosity and then double it. I mean, come on, that’s practically scamming. I’m too ethical for that. Could I use the extra $1000? Sure, I have some bills to pay, same as the rest of you, but getting the money that way would give me a filthy feeling of my own self, and I can’t do it to myself. It came down to timing. If they’d asked first, I’d likely not have done the IndieGogo.

Are you speaking at WordCamp Chicago?

Either speaking or doing an un-conference. I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

Would you Indiegogo again?

Probably, though I hope to not have to. Asking people for money is a pain in the ass, and I feel bad about it. They say about 49% of all Kickstarter fundraisers are successful, and there’s a much lower bar for IndieGogo. I’m not sure which is better, though if you don’t have a business plan, Indiegogo strikes me as a better idea for quick and dirty fundraisers. They both have all sorts of wacky stats backing up why you should do things one way or the other, but I think the end comes down to what group of people you’re pitching at, and how you communicate. I do well with the written word, so that’s what I did.