Okay folks, today I’m going to ask for your help. I need some ideas.
This year we’re trying out something new to encourage people to donate and spread the word about Worldbuilders.
Call them Stretch Goals, or Donation Incentives, or bonus cookies or whatever. The upshot is that for every 50,000 dollars we raise on the Worldbuilders Team Page, I wanted to add something cool to the fundraiser.
When we started back in November, these were the goals I listed:
$50,000: Secrets revealed on Pat’s blog.
$100,000: Pat’s favorite things added to the lottery.
$150,000: Q&A with Amber Benson.
$200,000: Win a trip to Heifer Ranch.
$250,000: 200 books from Pat’s library.
$300,000: Win a Favor from Pat Rothfuss.
$350,000: Secret-Surprise Stretch Goal #1.
$400,000: Pat will donate an extra $100,000 to Heifer.
$450,000: Secret-Surprise Stretch Goal #2.
$500,000: Trey Ratcliff, Veronica Belmont, and Pat Rothfuss will visit a Heifer Project in Nepal and report back to you.
Just yesterday, I posted up some of the secrets I promised. I’ll be posting up information on the Four Corners, too.
Soon you’ll be seeing the blog full of my favorite things added to the lottery. And we’ll be having our group Q&A with Amber Benson, too.
But I have two questions, really. This is where I need your help.
1. What do you think of this year’s list of donation incentives?
#2 is closely related:
2. What sort of things would you like to see on this list?
Not only do I need some cool ideas for the $350,000 and $450,000 goal, but I need ideas for next year, too.
What could we put into these slots that would really motivate people to donate and spread the word? What could we do to really push this year’s fundraiser over the top?
Lastly, keep in mind that these incentives should be sort of, y’know… bonus cool. Like the surprise in the bottom of a box of CrackerJack, but cool. Not like that lame goddamm fortune telling fish.
No. These things should be like you get to the bottom of the crackerjack and you get… like…. I dunno. A coupon for a hug from Joss Whedon. Or an old key. Or, like, a decoder ring or something.
These things should be like…. special features on a DVD. GOOD special features. Like on the Dr. Horrible DVD. Stuff that a wide range of geeks would be excited about seeing happen, or things people would be excited to win in the lottery.
Help me out here folks. I need some ideas.
Feel free to discuss below. Also, feel free to be polite to each other.
(By the way: That second statement should be read as, “Be nice or I will descend on you with all the wrath of an angry god.”)
Hugs and kisses,