Friday, May 18, 2018

Passion Project


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In early 2011, a friend introduced me to the world of the television series Supernatural. Using Netflix, I quickly devoured all of the seasons up to the live one (which I had recorded on my DVR). I got caught up just in time to watch the season six finale air live. Because of my love for this television show, I met other like-minded fans on Twitter. I had the idea to launch a fan website devoted to the fans and community of Supernatural. In July of 2011, Supernatural-Fandom.com was created. I "hired in" a staff of volunteers to help me maintain the site and social media accounts.

During the summer of 2014, my ten-and-a-half year relationship ended and I moved back home with my parents. This wasn't as terrible as it may seem... other than the fact I lost my internet connection and, therefore, could not maintain the website. I went to coffee shops and updated things as best I could, but the website went to the wayside. In May of 2016, I decided to take the website down completely. I could no longer afford to operate the website, nor did I have the time to keep it properly updated. My Facebook page, Facebook group, and Twitter accounts for the website are still active. Today, my Facebook page has almost 26,000 likes, my Facebook group has just over 53,000 members, and my Twitter account has just over 41,000 followers.

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One of the moderators on my Facebook group has recently run a semi-successful (and extremely large) Indigogo campaign to help fund her personal passion project - a virtual reality fan film which is loosely based on Supernatural. Her project is called Legacies and is so very cool! Check it out if you have a chance.

Using her expertise, and another moderator's amazing drawing abilities, we are planning a crowdsourcing campaign of our own to bring back the website. It will be a smaller campaign, but would allow the site to be brought back for a minimum of two years which would be amazing. Once I'm a stay-at-home mom, I will have more time to work on this passion project. I know, being a stay-at-home parent is hard and there will be a lot of days when I'm super busy, but I will have more time than I had before to maintain the website. On top of that, I have an awesome group of ladies who will be able to help me out and keep things going when I'm unable to do much.

The previous website had a lot of things I'm hoping to bring back. Those are things like:

  • A fundraiser to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) - maybe other charities too.
  • A live chat room which will be accessible during the first airings of the new episodes
  • A forum where fans can discuss various different topics
  • Contests, competitions, and fun activities
  • Original articles written by people "hired" to do so
The main reason I wanted to launch the website to begin with was to create a place of community for the fans of the television show. I really hope our crowdsourcing campaign is effective and we're able to bring in, at least, the minimum of what we need in order to bring the website back to fruition.

I am sure I will write more about this as the process continues. Do you have a passion project?

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