For the past month or so, I’ve been working on a five generation family tree and history book that I should be wrapping up by the end of the month. This book has been 10+ years in the making and is my most personal piece yet. It isn’t to be printed in mass numbers or to be sold online to strangers. It is strictly a keepsake to handed down to my offspring. It means the world to me that my children should have a good understanding and outline of their roots. Considering all the bone digging, DNA swabbing and pestering of family members to collect family stories for those who have come and gone – I hope they will understand how much energy I put into making this thing happen.
Last night I softly launched an indiegogo campaign titled: Five Generation Family History Book. For those not familiar with indiegogo, it is a crowd funding site where anyone can raise money for any cause. Take a glimpse at their website and you’ll quickly see how diverse, meaningful, playful, serious and creative projects are. I’ve watched crowd funding in action on their site and in other arenas and I think it is a wonderful platform. Having always raised money for Habitat for Humanity International Global Village campaigns in the past or donating to other non-profit causes, I can’t deny feeling a pinch guilty in attempting to do something for myself. Mind you it is Mother’s Day tomorrow and my birthday is nine days shy of that. So rather than having Facebook suggest a gift idea on my behalf for either occasion I’m putting it out there on my own. Yet, I’m not totally asking for money with nothing in exchange. Check out my perks! All of them include a copy of my children’s book, Isaac and the Bah Family Tree which I love spreading the word about in various ways. My indiegogo campaign is obviously one of those ways.
Without going into too much detail about the campaign here, I hope that you’ll visit my campaign page. Take a moment to watch my video which I apologize in advance for my daughter’s background noise. Read over the summary to see why this means so much to me and if you feel like adding a little birthday cheer you are most welcome to donate or share my campaign with anyone you think may be interested. I’ll be adding updates throughout the campaign lifetime and hope that you’ll come back to take a peek. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments.