Here’s Hoping!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 2, 2013 in Personal |

I think that I must have burned the whole package of candles over the last couple days: working through the night to get my new web site up and running, putting on content, checking facts and figures, formatting and checking potential publications and, in between all that, checking various web sites, pages, social media to see what’s happening, if anything.

I’ve had a bit if a boost when the commercial director of Fundrazr suggested that I put my campaign onto his social media page, where it now is, but it is early days and I’m not sure whether anything will happen. Through links on Tumblr (especially) my post Funding: Getting Started from a few days ago is getting a lot of hits – forty yesterday and one hundred and ten so far today – but that doesn’t mean a sudden storm to support or sponsor me. Perhaps one or two will find it in their hearts to slip a few dollars my way, perhaps not. All publicity is good publicity, but turning it into dollars rather than viewers at the window looking in is something completely different.

Yesterday, through to the early hours of this morning, I made a start on the FAQ page, and discovered that there are a lot more questions I could think of, with no input from anyone else, than I ever imagined! The FAQ is long, and I don’t think I’ve really covered everything yet.

This morning, following a personal recommendation, I set up a new campaign and uploaded it to a new crowd-funding site called Crowdonomic, which is based in Singapore. It is considerably less crowded than any of the other sites, very easy to navigate and has had some success stories to boast about recently.

Tomorrow Image Source: et-voila

My campaign, as you can see from the image above, is pending approval which will probably take a few days, if it gets through at all. The problem is that I don’t really fulfill all the criteria for launching a campaign on Crowdonomic: I don’t live in Singapore and I don’t have a bank account in Singapore. That said, if you don’t take a chance – and believe me, launching your own publishing company is as big a ‘taking a chance’ as you can get! – then you don’t stand a chance.

And I always have the second image’s text in my mind. I want to be in the 1%, and I have always tried to be in the 1% and I don’t see any need to change that. I might not make it into the 1% of the population as far as wealth is concerned, and I’ve only made it into the top 2% of the world – according to Mensa – as far as intelligence is concerned, but 99% is far too big a number, and I simply don’t belong there.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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  • Francois says:


    Mensa measures how good their members are at IQ tests. Do not worry: it has very little to do with intelligence.

    • So I learned when I took the test, it has more to do with logic and recognizing a formula than anything else, at least on the test that I took. Not my sort of organization either: they say they are not elite but there is still something elitist about the whole thing.

  • Francois says:

    Professeur Binet invented the IQ test to help the French government measure the learning capabilities of “sub-standard” children so they could be sent to the most appropriate sub-standard public school.

    At the time, the motivation of the child, their mental health state, their family environment… all the extrinsic factors that could influence the results were completely ignored. A lot of lives were destroyed or, worse, diminished.

    On the Mensa web site, port 22 is open and the superadmin user name is “root”. Smart.

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