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KICKSTART Longest Shortest Into Season 2

KICKSTART Longest Shortest Into Season 2

We’ve been seeing each other for awhile now, sometimes in the dead of night. Don’t you think it’s time we got serious?

I know you agree. For years you have been saying things like this to me when we meet up on iTunes:

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You have offered to pay if I just promise to commit to you, see you more regularly. And I really hope you meant it, because today I am so excited (and nervous!) to announce my Kickstarter campaign for Season 2 of The Longest Shortest Time. Twelve episodes in six months.

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I want it; you want it. I even made a video for you to remind you of the reasons why we need to give each other a little more.

If you are new to Kickstarter. A Kickstarter campaign is basically a personal pledge drive. You choose a contribution level; I give you a reward. My goal: $25,000. This is an all or nothing deal. If I don’t make my goal, no money transacts, and Season 2 does not happen.

Rewards. Go to my Kickstarter page to see all of the rewards that I cooked up for you. There’s LST Mad Libs, onesies, beautifully letterpressed greeting cards, sewing patterns from Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S (and also Episode 3!), a night out for dessert with me and a small group of moms! All of our rewards are in the spirit of this project. You can treat yourself in a time of need—or treat a partner, friend, or family member who could use a pick-me-up during the intense days of early parenthood.

If you run a small business. For those of you who make or sell things for new moms, you might consider supporting LST on a sponsorship level. You’ll see on the Kickstarter page, I’m offering rotating ads on the sidebar of this blog for the duration of Season 2 (January — June 2014) for $500. Your business will also be featured on a blog post explaining what I love about each of my sponsors. Ads can be geographically targeted if desired. If you think you are a good fit for an ad, please email me.

What you can do to help:

  1. Contribute to the Kickstarter. Every little bit gets me closer to my goal, and to this project continuing.
  2. Order *spark*cards to hand out at mommy & me classes, breastfeeding support groups, playgroups, or just to your friends. They’re FREE! No reason not to do this.
  3. Spread the word via Facebook and Twitter.
  4. Embed our Kickstarter video or widget on your blog. (For code, click the “Embed” link under the video on the Kickstarter page.)
  5. Write an iTunes review.
One of the pictures my dad snapped with his contraband camera

© Richard Frank 1976

In honor of this new stage in our relationship, I dug into the archives for one of my favorite episodes from Season 1: the one in which I make my mom cry. I updated the episode with a new intro and outro with my mom, where she makes her case for why this podcast deserves to survive. Listen all the way through for my dad’s perspective. For optimal audio experience, listen with headphones.

3 thoughts on “KICKSTART Longest Shortest Into Season 2

  1. Oh my gosh…I’m so happy I heard this episode! I’m a new listener, and my daughter is 18 months old. I had every intention of breastfeeding her until 6 months of age…but it was such a hard, miserable experience for me. My friends all had no issues, and I felt GUILTY wanting to stop! I pumped and cried through every feeding session for 2 months…until someone finally told me “It’s OK for you to not do this.…” I think that was my mom…and I cried because I was going to stop, cried from JOY! My daughter is healthy and happy, and it was the best decision for ME. Thank you for giving others a platform to make the choice that’s right for THEM.

  2. Hi Hillary, I just contributed to your Kickstarter, and I am very much hoping you reach your funding goal! I also thought I might let you (and others) know why I love this podcast, and why I donated to help there be a Season 2:

    I am a young woman, working on my PhD in Anthropology, and I am on the cusp of this overwhelming “realm” of motherhood. For quite some time, I had been going back and forth between my desires for an academic career, and my desires to have a family (as these are not easily reconcilable in my field) , and after a lot of thought and discussions, my husband and I have decided to start trying. Although incredibly exciting, I am now racked with fears about it not happening and equally, the issues and complications that might emerge if it DOES happen… Anyways, it was amidst my over-analysing and worrying that I found your podcast, and over and over again, I realized that if it happens, it’s going to be ok; and if there are issues or problems or things don’t go the way I had imagined or planned them, it’s still going to be ok, because it has to be, and you just find a way to get through it. Because of your podcast, I know that, so, thank you, and again, I can’t wait for Season 2! xo

    1. Thank you, Natalie! And congrats on your decision to start trying. That is a big deal, and I completely get the work/family dilemma. Once you’re a mom, you’ll find that so many women are in the same boat! Best of luck, and please check back in once you’re on the other side.

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