A Dozen Things You Can Do To Help Project Neon
Humble Suggestions from Your Narrator
Hello neon fans! We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog (again!) for a little PSA. Are you wondering how you can show your appreciation for all the hard work that goes into this here blog? Well, a dozen handy suggestions are listed below. Project Neon is a one-woman show, so I appreciate every little bit of support — moral, financial, or otherwise — I can get.
I’ve been trying over the last few weeks to remember to take the time to show my appreciation for the various blogs & projects I admire and enjoy. None of it’s big money stuff — buying a small print here, backing a Kickstarter project there, commenting, emailing my thanks, stuff like that. In case you’re looking to do the same, here are a handful of ways you could show you’re fond of Project Neon, if you’re so inclined but not sure how to go about it:
1. Give the app feedback at the iTunes App Store
I’d really like to encourage this! It not only helps more people find & decide to download the app, it also lets me know that people are actually using & enjoying it, which makes the ongoing work of updating it more rewarding! You can rate the app at the iTunes store. Find the link here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/project-neon/id464751184?mt=8
3. Reblog on Tumblr
Reblogging your favorite posts helps increase the audience for Project Neon — I’ve gotten a lot of new followers that way. Posting links to Project Neon on Facebook is great, too, especially if you add your own commentary.
4. Like & comment on blog posts
This may seem like a little thing, but it not only increases the exposure of the posts, it also lets me know that people are interested in what I’m posting. I try to take into account to some extent which kind of posts get more likes, too, though I know that’s somewhat dependent on when I post, how busy you are, etc.
5. Tweet (or retweet) about the app & blog
I am always pleased when I see Project Neon being mentioned around Twitter. Include @heyprojectneon in so I’ll be sure to see what you said, as I don’t always have time to keep up with all the Tweeting going on out there.
6. Buy things on Etsy & leave feedback
The money I make on Etsy (after paying for printing, shipping & transaction costs) goes to support the project — saving up for a new camera, taking care of the camera I’ve got, keeping up with storage for the thousands of photos on my computer, etc. etc. I am, by the way, happy to set up custom orders to create a new print from one of my many Flickr photos not on Etsy or to combine multiple orders and give you a small discount. Just email me (email@example.com) or convo me via Etsy.
7. Give a donation
There’s a Paypal button on the blog home page, or just direct your donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are used as above, and also to fund the small things I buy from various neoned businesses on my visit. If you’d like to direct your donation (eg. “Have a beer on me at Dublin House!”), just let me know and I’ll do my best to accommodate you. If you’d like to donate a different way than via Paypal, just let me know that as well.
8. Tell other blogs about Project Neon
If there’s a blog you enjoy that you think might be interested in Project Neon, I would be really grateful if you’d tell them about the project. Just tell them to take a look at the blog and email me if they need any more information (email@example.com). Thanks!
9. Recommend signs & tell me stories about signs I’ve already photographed
I love learning about new signs from Project Neon fans. I appreciate if you take a quick look at Flickr to see if I’ve photographed it already. If you search my photostream for, say, “Midtown, bar, neon,” you’ll see pretty quickly that I’ve already photographed the Subway Inn. I do love hearing stories about signs I’ve already photographed — it’s one of my favorite things about the project — and I may share your story in a future blog post if I think others would be interested. (Let me know if you want to keep it off the record.)
10. Write about Project Neon
If you have a blog or write for other blogs or publications, I’d love to see what you’ve written. And if you need more information or quotes for your stories, shoot me an email.
11. Make suggestions about the app, blog, or photos
This is tricky as I’ve had a hard time keeping up with email (*sigh*), but I do appreciate thoughtful suggestions. I’m thinking through some adjustments to the project soon, so it’s a good time to add your two cents. I’m also always happy to hear suggestions on how best to spread the word about Project Neon.
12. Send words of encouragement
I am very fond of this project, but I enjoy it even more when I know other people are keen on it, too! Sometimes a long night of trekking around the city followed by several hours of cataloging, uploading, and mapping can be pretty exhausting, and a friendly note is a very effective pick-me-up.
I’m very grateful for all you have done to help Project Neon already — the Kickstarter support, the donations, the likes, the reblogs, the favorites, the encouragement. Without your support Project Neon would probably have faded away by now, but instead is going strong. Thank you!