I backed a Kickstarter today. I felt amazingly good when I did it for two reasons. One, I got to help someone who is trying to make something creative happen. Two, I felt I didn’t need to obsessively check my bank balance before I did it.
When I first joined Kickstarter in 2011, that wasn’t the case. I was pinching pennies, staring at fairly mountainous credit card debt, unsure where exactly my writing career was going. But I saw creative projects that I wanted to support. Friends who were trying to self-publish books! Small presses! Indie musicians! A lot of those early pledges were $5 or less because that was all I could really scrounge, but I believed in crowdfunding as a concept and I believed in paying it forward, too. If I was going to be asking people to make donations to my projects like Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, which had a “Tip Jar” before Kickstarter even existed, then I felt it was important to be a giver as well as a taker. I used freeware fonts and software to build the site, but I donated to the creators of those things voluntarily once I had made a little.