Folks, we’re failing in our efforts to spread the nerd and support Zac’s efforts to fund Nerd HQ. Many people have had a lot of words about the effort, its lack of a rewards structure, a general lack of enthusiasm among many fans and the nature of Nerd HQ. I think I’ve covered most of the reasons I believe we should back his efforts here, here and here, and I’ll have a few more words to say about some of that, but aside from that I have a few ideas about how to generate some more enthusiasm. It involves Bribery. After the jump.
So let’s get to a few of those questions. Yes, Zac has set himself quite a task trying to raise a million dollars from fans $5 at a time with no reward structure, but this was a considered decision. Zac doesn’t want to privilege one fan, to whom $5 is a significant chunk of their weekly allowance over another who can easily spare $100. Both fans are doing the same thing, supporting Nerd HQ as something Zac and The Nerd Machine can give to fans, both online and in person and can keep it free and the panels inexpensive. It is his new way to form a closer connection with the fans, and a lot of his celebrity pals seem to love it too. If you want to see this sort of fan-centered event live as opposed to the industry-centered press junkets and moderated panels found elsewhere please consider supporting this effort.
I’ve been trying to think of another way to help leverage my donations and posts about this into a concrete way to generate enthusiasm and donations, and I think I have it… but we shall see.
I was watching Nathan Fillion’s 2012 Sunday panel where he was auctioning off the most absurd memorabilia and stuff for hundreds of dollars, thinking that was what they should do to fund Nerd HQ, when it hit me. Do what Zac was doing, make it a raffle for those who pledge, but instead of a phone call or Skype, make it some piece of nerd-centric merchandise.
So here it is. If you pledge $5 to I Want My Nerd HQ and e-mail me a screen-shot of the confirmation pledge by Sunday midnight you will receive one entry into the raffle of Firefly: A Celebration. Brand-spankin’ new, shipped directly to you from Amazon (provided Amazon ships to your country). It is chock-full of nerdy Whedonesque goodness and will provide any fan with hours of joy.
To take a screen-shot on a Windows computer check here. For a Mac, here and for Linux here. You are welcome to edit the shot to omit potentially personal information, but make sure to include the total at the top and your name (uncensored) at the bottom. E-mail to erniedavis at verizon dot net. Monday morning I will use a random number generator to pick a winner. Every $5 gets you an entry, enter as many times as you like, but each screen-shot must be unique.
I have no idea if this will work, this is sort of a test, but if it does look to see a few more before the campaign is over. I will gladly address any questions or concerns in the comments.