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From Turkayfe and other Kickstarter backers

by Matt Krause on September 30, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

The Kickstarter campaign is over, but there were a few other testimonials I wanted to put out there…

From Turkayfe.org, a group based in Washington, DC, and Ankara, with the ambitious goal of branding Turkey…

“As an online community dedicated to supporting and sharing Turkish experience we feel Matt`s walk across Anatolia will reflect all dimensions of Turkish experience both familiar and novel. That why we support him.”

When they told me about their goal of branding Turkey, the phrase that kept coming to my mind was “herding cats.” It’s a great goal to set though, and I can’t wait to see how it pans out.

There’s this one other testimonial I wanted to show you, from Robert Lindsay, a friend of mine from high school at Mt. Whitney in Visalia, California (he now lives elsewhere)…

“It is refreshing to see someone reveling in the diversity that this hunk of rock has to offer. So many people close their minds to other ideas, cultures, and people, out of fear, insecurity, or stupidity. Which is spectacularly exhibited by the avalanche of campaign propaganda we are all being subjected to right now.

“Don’t get me wrong, it is great for people to have conviction in what they believe, but to label anyone with a different or contrary belief or conviction as wrong or bad and to act toward these contrarians violently is abhorrent.

“I’m not tying to get all “One Love” on you here, I am simply trying to state that there is a wonderfully dynamic diverse world that we live in and I applaud you and your celebration of it. I just wish more people would open their eyes and their minds.”

Robert refers to it as a rant, but when I read it, I thought, “Yeah, you say it brother, go go go!” Robert also referred to the walk as “kung fu-like,” in the walk-through-the-world sort of way. I loved reading his kung fu rant. ;-)

From Krista Niemczyk, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 29, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why she backed the project:

“A two-week trip to Turkey left me absolutely in love – with the country, food, and of course the people – and already itching to go back again soon. After coming home, I struggled to explain to people just how special the trip had been, and how welcoming the people were. So when I stumbled upon Matt’s Kickstarter page I instantly related to his love of the country and ambitions for the trip. I’m happy to be supporting his journey, and the fantastic updates from the walk keep me inspired to plan my own return visit!”

Thank you Krista!

The project has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, but there’s no reason to stop now. Additional funding means books, postcards, or even broken champagne bottles for you, and perhaps a hot meal for me. So if you’ve enjoyed following the walk across Turkey so far, and want to get more out of it, check out the Kickstarter campaign. It closes Saturday afternoon USA time, and it won’t reopen.

From Denise Waters, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 28, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why she backed the project:

“I backed the walk because I believe in conviction. I believe that when you set a goal, you should be able to see it happen. I love the idea of embracing the world and in doing so making it smaller. I wish that everybody could walk a day with Matt and by following him on Kickstarter, we can! My class is so excited about this trip and the world is opening to them as well.

“Additionally, my personal children have experienced Iraq through Tim’s eyes and were amazed at the similarities between kids in Iraq and here and I hope that Matt’s trip will continue to show them that people are people everywhere.

“Keep on walking Matt!”

Thank you Denise!

The project has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, but there’s no reason to stop now. Additional funding means books, postcards, or even broken champagne bottles for you, and perhaps a hot meal for me. So if you’ve enjoyed following the walk across Turkey so far, and want to get more out of it, check out the Kickstarter campaign. It closes Saturday afternoon USA time, and it won’t reopen.

Thank you so much

by Matt Krause on September 27, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your support. About 36 hours ago the Kickstarter campaign cleared the 100% mark, which means the project will get funded.

You have no idea how much it means to me to be out here walking across Turkey, nearing the 20% complete mark, experiencing some of the highest highs and the lowest lows of my life so far, all the while knowing that some of the best people in the world are behind me. Each morning when I wake up I think of you and know that I have a job to do, not just because I want to do it, but because others want me to do it too.

When the funding window closes a couple days from now, I’ll be able to send out emails to all the backers to collect the information I’ll need to fulfill your rewards. For example, if your reward includes a picture postcard (and most of them do), where do you want me to take your postcard’s photo, and where do you want me to mail it? Stuff like that.

I’m on the road now, and will be on the road when the funding window closes. In fact, when the funding window closes I hope to be sleeping peacefully somewhere in or around the city of Isparta. I won’t have much downtime until I arrive at Lake Egirdir, a few days’ walk from Isparta, where I’m planning to take a week off. So you’ll probably hear from me about those reward-fulfillment details sometime during the week after the funding window closes.

One more thing I wanted to mention: I am amazed and humbled to see that some of the biggest backers of this Kickstarter campaign are people I haven’t seen much in over 10 years. Some of them I haven’t seen much in 20 years. To know that people I haven’t seen in over 10 years are still out there remembering me well, remembering me as someone worth backing, well, that humbles me big time and just about brings tears to my eyes. I must be doing something right in life.

Thanks again so much,

Matt

From Sylvia Robertson, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 27, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…with three reasons why she backed the project:

3. I remember Matt at age 18 & see the same courage in him now.
2. I will never see Turkey & I love the way Matt tells me about it.
1. Matt inspires me with his courage, trust and love for the world – thank you Matt!

No, thank you Sylvia!

The project has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, but there’s no reason to stop now. Additional funding means books, postcards, or even broken champagne bottles for you, and perhaps a hot meal for me. So if you’ve enjoyed following the walk across Turkey so far, and want to get more out of it, check out the Kickstarter campaign. It closes Saturday afternoon USA time, and it won’t reopen.

From Anne-Marie Davidson, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 26, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why she backed the project:

“I’m backing Matt for 3 reasons:

“One, he’s doing something I’d love to do, so it’s my encouragement to him so I can live vicariously.

“Two, he’s prepared to do this and be successful with it through months of walking and years of living in Turkey.

“And three, by his act of walking and sharing and listening to others, he’s creating a space in a world where too often none of that happens. Go Matt!”

Thanks Anne-Marie!

The project has been successfully funded on Kickstarter, but there’s no reason to stop now. Additional funding means books, postcards, or even broken champagne bottles for you, and perhaps a hot meal for me. So if you’ve enjoyed following the walk across Turkey so far, and want to get more out of it, check out the Kickstarter campaign. It closes Saturday afternoon USA time, and it won’t reopen.

Kickstarter is at 96% with 4 days to go

by Matt Krause on September 25, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Thank you so much to new Kickstarter backers who have contributed over the past few days. The Walking Turkey Kickstarter campaign is now 96% funded, with $3,751 of the $3,900 goal. Just $149 to go, about three more people at the average amount. If you plan on being one of those three people, please become one within the next four days — once the campaign is closed, it doesn’t reopen.

I’m really excited about hitting that $3,900, because you know what it will mean? It will mean I can keep broadcasting this walk across Turkey and don’t have to “go dark” to do other things. If you like following the walk for whatever reason, and haven’t contributed yet, please consider becoming one of those 3 people.

From Jesse Scinto, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 25, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why he backed the project:

“I really admire Matt’s courage and commitment in doing this walk across Turkey. He could have spent the next six months sitting in some corporate cube, earning a steady paycheck, and deferring his dreams. Instead, he literally chose the road less traveled. That’s why I decided to back him on Kickstarter. I wanted to see at least one man’s dreams come true.

“But more than that, I think Matt is a wonderful ambassador who bridges the divide between East and West. His thoughtful book, A Tight Wide Open Space, provided a sensitive, nuanced look at the life of an expat in Turkey. It brought back good memories from my own visit there. And I look forward to more insightful writing from Matt.

“These are two great reasons to support his trek!”

Thanks Jesse!

If you are enjoying following this trip and want to continue seeing it unfold, the time to back it on Kickstarter is now. The time is not later when I’ve gone dark and am trying to come up with a Plan B. The time is now.

From Jennifer Klassen, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 24, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why she backed the project:

“Turkey is a country I know very little about and may never have a chance to visit. When Matt Krause shared with my husband and I that he was planning to walk across Turkey, logistically we wondered what that would look like. Where is he going to sleep, eat, or how will he fund this?

“During the last 3 weeks I’ve been following his blogs on Heathen Pilgrim and have been amazed at his resourcefulness and dedication to this journey. In this short time I’ve learned more about this country and the same general theme of generosity and kindness continues to surface.

“It’s all very “Into The Wild,” but instead of the “leave it all behind” mentality, Matt is trying to to take us with him to explore what appears to be a beautiful country. Backing this project means I’ll continue to learn about a country I may never have a chance to see.”

Thanks Jennifer!

If you are enjoying following this trip and want to continue seeing it unfold, the time to back it on Kickstarter is now. The time is not later when I’ve gone dark and am trying to come up with a Plan B. The time is now.

From Helene Tozier, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 24, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why she backed the project:

“Matt has been a friend of mine for over 15 years and approaches life differently than anyone I have ever known. This is not a bad thing, it is just a whole different perspective and when I heard about his walk, I knew doing a Kickstart pledge was a no brainer.

“I actually wish I had the courage to do what Matt is doing but I don’t so I am living life thru his adventure and what an adventure it is turning out to be.

“The color of our skin or the differences in our religious beliefs do not make us separate they unite us. The mystery is that we are so connected even when we feel so far apart!”

Thank you Helene!

If you are enjoying following this trip and want to continue seeing it unfold, the time to back it on Kickstarter is now. The time is not later when I’ve gone dark and am trying to come up with a Plan B. The time is now.

From Mark Warren, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 23, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why he backed the project:

“Matt had the courage to actually do what many of us only ever allow ourselves to daydream. Whether it’s walking across Turkey, starting a new business, or manning a mission to Mars, the world is better off with more dreamers that have the courage to do. Supporting Matt’s efforts is a way for me to hopefully inspire others, including myself, to do the same.”

Thank you Mark!

If you are enjoying following this trip and want to continue seeing it unfold, the time to back it on Kickstarter is now. The time is not later when I’ve gone dark and am trying to come up with a Plan B. The time is now.

From Angie Walls, a Kickstarter backer

by Matt Krause on September 22, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

…on why she backed the project:

“I’m an old colleague of Matt’s from the mid 90′s. The reason I backed Matt, is that he is a man of his word and good character. In the past few years, I read many of Matt’s posts from his time in Turkey and his past, and thoroughly enjoyed them.

“When he told me of his plan to walk across Turkey and the plans for a book, I thought it was a great idea.

“We need level headed intelligent people that will write about the Turks and Muslims in a true way showing who they are as people. People who live their lives as best they can, love their children, want a better world. They simply want what we want, and that is a good and wholesome life. I’m tired of the slant of some of the American media and the fear mongering they create.

“This is a little long, but the exact reason I backed Matt. Trust, admiration, and hope for a better world.”

Thank you Angie!

If you are enjoying following this trip and want to continue seeing it unfold, the time to back it on Kickstarter is now. The time is not later when I’ve gone dark and am trying to come up with a Plan B. The time is now.

Be one of the 11

by Matt Krause on September 21, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Of the $3900 target on Kickstarter, my existing backers have already pledged $3214. That means we’re 84% of the way there.

The average pledge so far is $62. (Of course, there are plenty of options on Kickstarter, ranging from $1 to $2000.)

That means the Kickstarter campaign needs just 11 more people. Eleven.

Every day 250 people come to this website to see the pictures, or watch the videos, or read the blog posts. We need 11 people willing to be more than just one of those 250. Be one of the 11.

A reminder: Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. No matter how close I am to that $3900, if I don’t at least hit that number, not even one dime will change hands. No one’s card will be charged, not even the people who already committed to backing the trip. Not even one dime will change hands. Gotta hit that $3900.

The time is now

by Matt Krause on September 20, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

I’m on the Central Anatolia plateau now. Tomorrow morning I head out of Cardak. The walk across Turkey is 12% done. I figure that for pretty much anything in life, if you can get past the 10% mark, and you’re committed to doing whatever it takes to get the other 90%, your chances are pretty good.

I’ve barely been on the road for three weeks and some amazing, life-changing things have already happened. Many of them I share here on this blog. The most amazing things I don’t, however, at least not yet. They are the more profound things that require some extra time to digest. They are the things that will appear in the books when the trip is done.

To continue the trip without interruption it is really important that I hit the $3900 mark on Kickstarter. Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform. No matter how close I am to that $3900, if I don’t at least hit that number, I don’t get anything. No one’s card is charged, not even the people who already committed to backing the trip. I won’t receive even one dime.

If that happens, I’ll need to “go dark” for a while while I figure out a Plan B. Plan B will involve finishing the walk, because that is the mission I’ve set for myself personally.

However, sharing the walk with others via photos, blog posts, and books will get muscled out by other priorities.

So if you’ve enjoyed following the trip here on this website, please consider backing it on Kickstarter.

If you back the trip on Kickstarter, you’re going to get more out of the trip than you do here on this website. You’re going to get books about the trip, or you’re going to get postcards from the road, or whatever else you select. Hell, there’s even an option on there where you can get the shards from a champagne bottle I’ll be breaking on the road at the Turkey/Iran border.

If you are enjoying following this trip and want to continue seeing it unfold, the time to back it is now. The time is not later when I’ve gone dark and am trying to come up with a Plan B. The time is now.

Kickstarter update – 72%

by Matt Krause on September 6, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Walking Turkey on KickstarterA big thanks goes out to recent Kickstarter backers for pushing the Kickstarter campaign to 72% of its goal, with about three weeks to go.

(A few of my backers backed the project outside the normal Kickstarter channels, and it’ll take a few more days for their contributions to show up in the Kickstarter numbers.)

Words can’t describe how nice it’s been to celebrate the end of my first week on the road with 24 hours in a hotel. The physical and mental rest is going to send me into week 2 fresh, rather than running on fumes right from the start.

The advantages of that kind of periodic rest break will be immense in the second half of this trip, when the Kickstarter money comes into play.

So if you have been enjoying the posts, but have not yet contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, please consider doing so.

The most popular backer level remains the $50 one, but there are options on Kickstarter for $1, $5, and $15. Every little bit helps. Kickstarter/Amazon will not charge your card until the funding window closes on 30 September, and only then if the project raises $3900 or more.

Thanks again everyone for all your support, whether you are a Kickstarter backer or not. Since the start of the walk the daily traffic to this website has shot up 10 times, and I am getting tons of supportive phone calls, texts, emails, and even face-to-face encouragement. For a long time I’ve wanted to do something that few people are able to do, but lots of people would get value out of, and I am so glad to have found that.

Article (in Turkish) about the walk

by Matt Krause on August 24, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Heathen Pilgrim article in TeknokulisToday TeknoKulis (“Tech Wings – technology’s shortcut”) did an article on the walk. The article is in Turkish but it basically says, “There’s a guy walking across Turkey, he’s going to carry a cell phone with a data connection and a laptop, he’s raising money on Kickstarter, and when he’s done walking he’s going to come in for an interview.”

[CORRECTION: I mistranslated the name of the website. The correct translation of TeknoKulis is "TechnoLobby."]

Kickstarter update – 52%

by Matt Krause on August 21, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Walking TurkeyA big thank you goes out to the new Kickstarter supporters over the past couple days for driving the campaign to 52% of its funding goal.

The Kickstarter campaign will be running until 30 September. When it closes, I will have already been walking for one month.

Most Kickstarter projects only begin after the funding window has closed. However, I’ve chosen to start the walk while the funding window is still open, because while the funding window is still open I want to show my backers, potential backers, and myself too, what a walk like this looks like in actual execution, not in theory.

In other Kickstarter-related news…

The most popular reward level so far has been the $50 one, in which at the end of the trip backers will receive two signed paperbacks, two ebooks, and the postcard.

One of the two books, the one with the working title Walking Turkey, will be a collection of anecdotes about the trip, perhaps somewhat similar to my book about moving to Istanbul in 2003, A Tight Wide-open Space.

I haven’t walked across a country before though, so I am not quite sure what this book will look like. So far I’ve read a dozen or so examples of how other writers have done it. Two of my favorites are Rory Stewart’s book about walking across Afghanistan in 2002, The Places In Between, and Patrick Leigh Fermory’s A Time of Gifts, in which he wrote about walking across Europe in the 1930s. If you have favorites of your own you’d like to suggest I take a look at, please let me know.

Kickstarter’s 90/30

by Matt Krause on August 10, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Thank you to the Kickstarter contributors over the past couple days for taking the project past the significant milestone of $1170.

Why was $1170 a significant milestone?

Kickstarter is very open with, and encourages familiarity with, its data. One important tidbit to know is that 90% of Kickstarter projects that at some point reach 30% of their goal reach their full goal by the deadline.

For Walking Turkey, 30% of the goal is $1170. Over the past few days contributors put Walking Turkey into a special club.

Of course, this by no means means the work is over. There’s still $2695 to go. What it does mean is that I can sleep better at night knowing that statistically speaking, this project has a pretty damn good chance of reaching its funding goal.

Who knows, maybe it’ll even exceed it (but knock on wood and let’s not get ahead of ourselves).

How the postcards work on Kickstarter

by Matt Krause on July 28, 2012

This was a temporary blog, specifically for the walk across Turkey. Visit Matt's permanent website, www.mattkrause.com.

Sincerely postcard frontSincerely postcard backThe postcards are one of my personal favorite rewards in this particular Kickstarter campaign.

They started out as a reward for the $15 backers, but I thought they were such a fun little way to share in the walk that I included them in the higher levels too. Here’s how they work…

An individual backer tells me where he or she wants the postcard’s photo taken. For example, “Take one of the Tigris river,” or “Take one at the start, with your feet in the Aegean,” or “Take one of some kids and their teacher in a classroom.”

I take the photo, and then from the road I upload the photo to Sincerely.com using their Storyboarder iPhone app. Into Storyboarder I also type a message to the backer (“Dear XYZ, blah blah blah, –Matt”), along with the backer’s mailing address.

Then I press submit, and my work is done.

Sincerely.com takes it from there. They print the photo on the front of the postcard, and on the back they print my message to the backer and the backer’s mailing address. Sincerely.com drops the postcard in the mail, postage paid, and a few days later it arrives in the backer’s mailbox.

Sincerely.com charges me $1.99 for this service, postage included.

I’ve tested the service a handful of times in recent months, and the results are great. The postcard you see here in this blog post is a test card I sent to myself, using a photo I took of a blossom in the backyard.

These days the normal way to share a photo is to email it to someone. Storyboarder is an excellent way to share photos with people who are “off the grid.” Like, for example, grandparents without computers (yes, Grandma Krause, I mean you).