I understand your concerns, Anon.
But I think you are overlooking a lot of things having to do with the #IWantMyNerdHQ crowd-funding movement. All #IWantMyNerdHQ asks is that you donate $5. Trust me when I say that I completely understand being in a place where $5 seems like a lot.
So let’s talk about what you’re going to get with that $5.
Unlike other Kickstarters, you aren’t going to get the immediate satisfaction of having a poster or DVD sent to your residence for donating x amount of dollars. That’s because Zac and The Nerd Machine wants all of us nerds to feel equally important, whether we’ve donated $5 or $5000. To me, that’s a huge deal. And it shows more than anything just how much they appreciate and respect all of us. So, right. Okay. No tangible/immediate perks when you donate to #IWantMyNerdHQ.
But then July rolls around, and SD Comic Con roars to life. Nerd HQ starts, and celebrities from TV shows, films, et cetera volunteer their time to sit in front of an audience of 200 or so for HQ panels. You get to turn on your computer, pull up the NerdHQ live feed on youtube, and watch every single one of those panels live. FOR FREE. You don’t have to download anything. You get to just sit back and enjoy the panel. FOR FREE.And I’m not sure if you saw any of the prior HQ panels, but they’re hilarious, interesting, exciting, and practically perfect in every way.
Now, nobody is saying you have to donate. The awesome people with TNM are asking that you do. (I am begging that you do. A tad desperately, if I’m being honest.)
I don’t mean to be rude, but you’re being really unfair saying that just because Zac and his “celebrity friends” are rich they should pay for it themselves. Nerd HQ is for the fans. It's for the nerds. TNM isn’t asking us to help fund an event for celebrities. They’re asking us to help fund an event that's for us. Heretofore, they’ve given us an awful lot of their time, money, and efforts where Nerd HQ is concerned, and we’ve had to give very little–if anything–back.
To expect our favorite celebrities to pay for Nerd HQ out of their own pockets is the epitome of taking advantage. Why can’t we pitch in, even if it’s only $5, when we’re the ones who reap all of the benefits? (To say nothing of the over $400,000 Nerd HQ has raised for Operation Smile over the last few years.) That’s like showing up at a restaurant, eating, and expecting your cook and waiter to pay for your meal afterwards.
So we should donate to #IWantMyNerdHQ, not because Zac and TNM expect us to, but because we want to. We should wantNerd HQ 2014 to be the best one yet. Because think of all of the amazing panels that would bring us. And think of all of the lives changed around the world thanks to the money raised for Operation Smile!
#IWantMyNerdHQ isn’t supposed to make you feel obligated. Yes, a rich celebrity is asking you to donate–so that he and his buddies can throw nerds of the world the most awesome, inclusive, beautiful four-day party ever.
At the end of the day, #IWantMyNerdHQ is all for us. With the added bonus of doing some good in the world (ala Operation Smile). So try to ignore the whole celebrity-asking-for-money aspect if it bothers you. Instead think about everything that a quick and easy $5 donation is going to get you come July.
Donate to #IWantMyNerdHQ. Watch the video of Zac explaining #IWantMyNerdHQ. I promise you that the product in July is going to be well worth the donation.