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What can Crowdfunding do for those of us with invisible illnesses?

11 Feb 14
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Source: Pintrest

You may have noticed the last few weeks I’ve been hinting at the fact the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang campaign was going to be getting busier in March. That’s because we’re taking the next step and officially launching with a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter.

We’re doing this because I’ve realised that I do have financial limitations and won’t be able to fund the publishing and distribution of the picture book by myself. Getting the book published is the first step in getting the message further out there.

What is crowdfunding?

I shared a post a few weeks ago that provided a basic explanation of what crowdfunding is and I feel that post and the info graphic below provide a reasonable understanding of the basic principles.

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Source: Pintrest

Basically, the version of crowdfunding we’ll be using is one where everyone who donates gets some form of reward.

How does this help those of us with invisible illnesses?

By getting the community involved in the project at this very early stage, not only will we see the book available sooner, we have a chance to demonstrate through rallying around this project that there is a need for education around this topic in the wider community. The more people who get involved at this early stage, the bigger the statement we can make and the further we can spread the word.

If enough people get involved we may even be able to get sets of the book into schools and libraries around the world so that invisible illnesses are discussed in classes from a very early age.

What’s in it for me?

Personally, I will get validation of my idea. Through seeing how many people support the project and are willing to pay for a copy of the book and other amazing rewards I’ve managed to source, I will begin to understand how big this project will actually be and I will be able to share that with my family, friends and all of you.

I have been, and will be, putting my into this project 100% to try to ensure it’ll be successful. This project seems to be consuming my life at the moment, and I apologise to those of you close to me. I promise that soon I will have other topics to talk about. 🙂

This is the manifesto I’m living by for the next few months (although I promise to put my health first):

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Source: Pintrest

 What’s in it for you?

If you join us at this early stage of the project, you’ll be able to have your say in which direction the project takes. You’ll also get recognition for your support and,  depending on your donation level, you’ll get copies of the book, a chance to be part of the publishing process, and one lucky supporter will get a beautiful handmade ukulele.

Source: Pintrest

Source: Pintrest

If you’re interested in being kept up to date so that you’re one of the first to hear about our campaign launch, please sign up for our newsletter.

I am really excited to be bringing this campaign to you and I would love for us all to work together to make this happen.

Would you like to join us in making this campaign happen? 

Can you think of other ways this project will benefit our community?

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  1. Jenn M February 11, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Yep, I’m in! I’m still planning on selling my Foggy Frog keychains and donating that money for the campaign. I already have one person so far who’s interested in purchasing a keychain–yay! 😀

    • Megan S February 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Yay 🙂 I was going to purchase one as well! Thanks for reminding me.

  2. It’s a lonely place February 12, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Reblogged this on It's a lonely place and commented:
    A great idea, would be fabulous for other supporters to join

    • Megan S February 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Thank you so much! It would be great to spread the word as far as possible. 🙂

  3. It’s a lonely place February 12, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I’ve signed up for the newsletter, anything else I can help with?

    • Megan S February 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Thank you! If you’re interested in helping to promote more I’m looking for people who are willing to write a post about why they think this project is important with a link to the actual Kickstarter campaign page in March. Are you interested?

  4. thebetterwaycfs February 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

    That’s awesome! I will definitely be supporting- keep us updated!

    • Megan S February 12, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Thanks, I definitely will 🙂

  5. Trisha February 12, 2014 at 10:04 am

    March is fast approaching – I’d better get busy on those blog posts!

    • Megan S February 12, 2014 at 10:29 am

      It definitely is, I can’t believe it’s just over 2 weeks until we launch! This is getting scary and exciting.

      I just enrolled for an “Illustrating Children’s Picture Books” course that starts March 5 so I may be able to get the illustrations done quicker than I thought with that help.

      • Trisha February 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

        That’s really exciting! You did a great job drawing Foggy Frog. Have you done much drawing before? I look forward to hearing about your course!

        • Megan S February 12, 2014 at 11:25 am

          No, I haven’t done much drawing before… that’s part of teh reason I’m nervous about all this!

          • Trisha February 12, 2014 at 11:26 am

            Well, you must have some natural skill because your frog turned out good. You should see my drawing!

          • Megan S February 12, 2014 at 11:38 am

            Thanks 🙂 I’m really impressed with how he turned out, let’s see how I go with the rest 🙂

  6. Life Beyond My Window February 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

    It’s amazing that you’ve undertaken this effort. Good luck and we’re here for you.

    • Megan S February 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Thank you so much!

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