Only 79 Supporters left while I'm writing this update, with 128 days left. Superstition aside, I'd say it's pretty safe to say that WE DID IT.
Once at 10k I won't be able to make updates anymore, so while I still can, I'd like to take a moment to thank you all, truly, from the bottom of my heart ❤️.
My thank you gift is at the bottom of the post, but if you have some time to spare, I'd like to share some thoughts with you first.
Maybe sounds silly to you, but this project means really a lot to me. Sure, I'm very fond of the character, but there is more: I'd say it helped me discovering new aspects of me that I didn't know I had in me. Good aspects.
I'm not usually perseverant: I quit university twice, longest job I kept is two years and a half... but in this thing, this one specific project, I really poured so much love in it and I wanted to succeed.
A month after I uploaded the project, the Money Bin had only 443 supporters.
Way less than what I expected. Some even called it a "dead project".
I looked at that number and said "Ok, it's bad, but if I keep going at this speed I'm still gonna be able to make it in two years time. I will just need to work hard to make sure people see it".
And so I did.
Promoting on social media became a full time job: day after day, looking for places and groups where I could find someone interested in my model, replying to comments, engaging with fans and listening to their feedback, creating new contents to not repeat myself too much.
I wrote posts in Italian, English, French, Polish, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Danish...
I kept track on Excel sheets of how the supporters were going: slow but steady? Good, as long is steady.
In all this, Scrooge McDuck was my polar star, my role model: did he became rich easily and fast?
No, it took him 20 years of hard work, with some ups and lots of downs, learning life lessons the hard way, being betrayed, robbed, or sometimes just struck by bad luck. BUT HE PERSEVERED!
Whenever he fell down, he always raised with an even bigger motivation.
But as I said, WE DID IT, not I.
I started this journey without knowing absolutely no-one in the AFOL community, and along the way I met some extraordinary people. Some I even met in person and started a beautiful friendship.
Wish I could mention each one of you, but there wouldn't be enough space... but you know who you are!
You people patiently waited, cheered and encouraged me, and you never made me feel alone in this long journey.
Thank you for dreaming with me!
Matteo Sperati, aka sxavalentine
This is a post I did long time ago to celebrate the 1000 supporters milestone. Makes me chuckle to see it now. It really went that way...
Rome wasn't built in a day.
And now, a thank you video for all of you ❤️❤️❤️ 10.000 THANKS!