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When I looked for ways to finance my travel around the world, I tried to find how to give to my family, friends, colleagues and/or readers a solution to help me.
I found a solution while discussing with Antoine : I have to get them to microsponsor my project. Instead of looking for hypothetical “regular” sponsors, I’d like to go to people I know and who care about me, and include them into my adventure. They don’t have big money like a big sponsor, but they are a lot and they want to help me… So why couldn’t they participate?
What I’m proposing to my microsponsors is to travel with me. After financing one day of my trip (with a 15€ personnal donation), microsponsors will tell me things to do depending on where I am : special food to eat, a place to visit, a video message to record… and I’ll try to do my best to address these wishes. And there’s more! I’ll send to my microsponsors a postcard from where I am: the postcard can be a sketch, an instant photograph, some little souvenirs… it’ll be a personalised artwork, from me to the microsponsor. Before being sent, the postcards will be photographed and published on this blog, with a Creative Commons license. Then, the recipents will be invited to send me a picture of them with the postcard and post it on a Flickr or Facebook group…
And today, it’s the big launch. Well, in french only for now, but I’ll translate in about two weeks. If you know a bit of French, you should be able to register without a problem. The system is quite basic, I’m doing everything from a base developed by Samuel Martin and Stéphane Deschamps. After the registration, I’m doing the payment validations, the mails, etc. You might expect to wait a couple of days for a confirmation email…
Oh, and I discovered PayPal fees… for a 15€ donation, PayPal takes 75c… This could be quite heavy if I get lots of donation. Don’t hesitate to give more to compensate! (ok, that was shameless.)
What day will you choose?
To help you decide, please consult my plans, I put some dates to help you target a country and a date… but nothing’s written in stone. I’ll tell you if I change my plans :)
The microsponsoring platform has been designed by Samuel Martin and Stéphane Deschamps. May they be thanked again and again, and may they know happiness and felicity in the coming eons even after the return and rise of the Mighty Cthulhu, which could come soon. If you’re still reading this, go microsponsor me already!
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