“I have great faith in fools – self-confidence my friends will call it.”
– A Marginalia by Edgar Allan Poe
When April started I wanted to do something just for fun. I never really thought about it past two minutes before I challenged my readers to the April Fools Challenge.
I really didn’t think it would go very far as I estimate my readership to be around 20 people who read regularly. So my highest expectations was to help move the stakes forward on the Newcomer Family Build. I was guessing a couple of hundred dollars at the worst with hopes of maybe a grand. The math made sense for the low number of readers the blog has.
Of course when we look back at the numbers the one factor I didn’t consider was how many people out there who are foolish enough to take up the challenge. The other factor I didn’t consider is the multiplying effect of social media.
I quoted Edgar Allen Poe in the beginning of this post. This is a guy who is known for writing some scary stuff like the poems such as “The Raven”. Scarier than Edgar or Ravens are people who are critics and naysayers. “Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread” is from another poet (Alexander Pope). He wrote “An Essay On Criticism”. The main idea of that essay was bad criticism is more harmful than bad writing.
The worst bad criticism is self-criticism. Had I thought too deeply the idea of using my little blog to make any impact by doing the challenge I shouldn’t have done it. It shouldn’t have made a difference at all. I ignored the bad self-criticism and went forward with my bad idea.
“Who’s the more foolish: the fool, or the fool who follows him.” is a quote from Star Wars. So I’d like to thank the fools who followed and met the challenge. I was impressed by the creativity. Some fools pooled their money, some fools matched the donations, some fools got their companies to match and some fools shared on social media. It is a testament to the execution of bad ideas with the best intentions.
Possibly the main reason the challenge was a success was the underlying goal. Toby and Pilar are inspiring people in the fact they are bold enough to put themselves out there to adopt a child who they haven’t met yet. It takes special people to adopt. They are foolish enough to think they can do this feat debt free. The people who support this effort are foolish enough to believe an unlikely goal like this is possible.
Here are the stats from April (The change was from 41% to 60% complete –> +19%):
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