It is the best of times, it is the worst of times. At Jottopia, we've been running on some mixed emotions of late. First, we are enjoying usage of the site and are having great interactions with people in person at events such as the LA Times Book Festival coming up this weekend. We love chatting with people who love to read, write and tell stories. However, we’ve entered into some serious growing pains.

 

Part of the master plan for Jottopia has been the education possibilities. So, we created a version of the site that is locked off from the rest of the world and has many other benefits. We called it Jottology. In early test groups, Teachers loved the tools that allowed them to get students to read and write and not really know they're doing it. They used the platform to create a little friendly competition in the classroom. The students loved the game aspect of it and embraced getting assignments done while one-up'ing each other in the process. The concept of out-jotting your fellow classmates caught on quick. Well, that was a very early beta with no frills, just basic story-starting, jot writing functionality.

 

We knew though, that in order to really get Jottopia to the level that we envision for the future, the site would need to get a major overhaul. Fast forward to the spoiler alert- it's almost done! That's right, we've cranked up the heavy computing power and it's going to be incredible! The issue we ran into is (another spoiler alert), it turns out code is expensive. That multitude of ones and zeros living inside your computer come with a hefty price tag. Additionally, there are many, many monies required when running a company, and we’re not just talking scented business cards. Although, hmmm, note to self, come back to that idea. Well, let’s just say that it’s a good thing California has great weather, because it’s not known for the financial perks of running a business. 

 

We knew we’d have to leave the next step in our company's existence up to a higher power. So, we asked Zoltar, and the card read, “you are destined to facilitate a crowd-sourced funding opportunity.” That’s new-fangled fancy-dancy talk for “raise money!” Thanks Zoltar! So, (fast forward again), we’re doing it! Indiegogo is hosting our campaign, and we’re thrilled. In all honesty (and really, that’s the only way we know how to be with you all), getting money to offset our current costs is good, but its not everything. We know money will continue to come due again and again. The thing we’re most excited about is the prospect of reaching an audience. We want fans! Not just of us, but we want to be surrounded by fans, because we’re fans too. Fans of stories from books, movies, television, art, music, you name it. We want to build a family. To be on the ground floor of this journey with you sounds divine. Join us. Give what you can. Especially if it’s just spreading the word. Communication and awareness is great, as is a contribution in any dollar amount, and we're talking ANY dollar amount. That’s right, one dollar from as many people we can reach out to would put us in a very good position. As Yoda said, “Do not underestimate the power of one dollar.” That’s right folks, join in on our group and you can look forward to many more jokes of that caliber. Great news for all.

 

Lastly, thank you so much for even taking the time to read this far. Your time is greatly appreciated. Hopefully you landed here because you are a fan of storytelling. We're looking forward to many jots together. Well, I think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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