Now that we’ve had a week’s worth of distance from our Fan Appreciation Party sponsored by Squarespace, I can think a little bit about the event, how it went and where it leaves us as we stare down the barrel of episode 30.
All told, I was extremely pleased at the turnout. A week before the event when the Facebook event page only had 9 attendees (counting Pat, Quinn and I), I was very nervous that we had set ourselves up for a gigantic failure. Robin reassured me, however, that my years of helping with AAF-KC events should tell me that the people most likely to come are going to RSVP at the last minute. She was right. 45 RSVPs yielded around 30 attendees, which was a very comfortable number at 8183 Studio.
When I think of the fact that the whole idea of the Fan Appreciation Party started as nothing more than a, “Hey, you know what would be cool?” moment after an episode recording in May, I find it hard to believe that it actually became a reality. In fact, there were many times in the following months that it became very close to staying a blue sky idea spoken in Mom’s Driveway. Without the generous sponsorship of Squarespace and Robin’s responsible nature, it would have never happened. So, when you think of the beer, the barbecue, the swag and the fact that the evening went off without a hitch, you can thank Squarespace and Robin Fuksa for that.
Things that came to mind throughout the process:
I would be hard pressed to do this again any time soon. Robin was instrumental in planning the event, but there were still things that I needed to take care of. People who do event planning have a very hard job, and it’s one that I don’t have the skill for. I have a new appreciation for everyone who attacks that kind of planning with all the energy that they have.
The new format of having Quinn on the show via Skype worked reasonably well, considering that we debuted the format in front of a crowd that would almost guarantee the invoking of Murphy’s Law. There are some tweaks that will make it sound better in the future as well as (hopefully) some technical issues I dealt with in editing that I think won’t be there during standard episodes from Mom’s Basement.
I was amazed at the number of unfamiliar faces that showed up to the party. I honestly figured that the attendees would be comprised of the usual gang of Kansas City’s Internet nerds, plus or minus a guest or two brought by them. Nope. At least half the crowd was made up of listeners I had never seen before. So. Awesome.
Give the episode a listen. Even though some of the conversation was Kansas City specific, I think the foundation of those discussions have universal appeal to people interested in creativity, branding and design.
In episode 17 of The Shakes, Quinn stumbled upon a catch phrase for the show, “Love You In Your Face”.
During that episode, Pat joked that he’d love to have that phrase on a t-shirt. Thanks to United Pixelworkers launching their new service, Cotton Bureau, it’s quite possible that his dream can come true.
The design above will be silkscreened onto black aqua American Apparel t-shirts. But… only if 25 shirts are pre-ordered. At this moment, we still have 20 more shirts to go and only 8 days to make it happen.
To make things even more interesting, Cotton Bureau is only printing as many shirts as are pre-ordered. So, not only are you getting in on an extremely limited edition run of a t-shirt design, this is the only chance you will have to order this shirt before it is gone forever.
I feel like I should be narrating the above in a monster truck rally voice with explosions and heavy metal in the background. But, seriously, time is short on this. And I want my own copy of this t-shirt, damn it.
Pre-order now so I can sleep well at night knowing that at least 25 people will have a shirt they want sporting something ridiculous we said on a podcast.
I’ve gone all lonleysandwich and am “starring” in a video I produced for Crawl for Cancer, a pub crawl that raises money for cancer research.
I’ve been working with this organization for 3 years now on various projects, and I’ve really come to appreciate how they are doing good work via one of the most logistically difficult things I could possibly think of. You successfully herd around 23 cities’ worth of Beer Buddies without a major incident and see what I mean.
Check out this video. And, if there’s a Crawl in a city near you, I highly encourage you to participate. If you’re in Kansas City, the Crawl on June 1 is going to be audited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest pub crawl in the world. I’m working on getting The Shakes together as a team and turning it into an episode.