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When Amanda Palmer made the news for funding her latest album via Kickstarter, I knew the site had finally grown large enough that it was time to share it with all of you.  I’ve been following several Kickstarter projects through communities I already support, and I was waiting to see if the site was going to be a flash in pan or have real staying power. I believe it is here to stay.  

I found out about Kickstarter because I am really into steampunk, and one of the purveyors of steampunk goods that I follow on Facebook ran a Kickstarter to help fund a community art project. They’re moving their store into a larger space and wanted to create a zeppelin, kraken, and tardis at the new location, as well as create an area where their local pet rescue organization could run adoption events.

Kickstarter is a site that works as a platform for funding creative projects. You can register for an account and donate money to projects that you want to see get off the ground, much like the telethons for your local public broadcasting channel. You chose what merits your dollar. It gives you the fan, the ability to decide what your money is used for, by deciding what, if anything, you support.

Or flip it around and you’re a creative person, ready to get your product (book, music, art, video game, board game, etc) off the ground but aren’t finding the funding you need through traditional options. You can instead create a kickstarter project of your own. Then you’ll set the goal and date for when you should have raised the money by and let the consumers decide if they want to fund your project.

To register to use the site, just click the Sign Up link at the top of the page, and then either fill out the registration form (name, e-mail, create a password) or click the F-connect button to sign in with your Facebook account info. I bet you know which option I picked!

You can also click Discover Great Projects at the top of the page to check out some of the Kickstarters that are going on now.  On that page, you can navigate to more projects by using the links on the right side of the page for Categories, Featured, and Cities.

Alright, what are you waiting for?  Go check it out today!

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