I'm going to be ending 8 wishes in a few weeks. I'm also donating the funds to DARC and working on getting a page on their site so that you can see the funds went to them. We almost had something workout with Oprah and I will try to explain what happened in the next post.
I will be posting a new "viral" video and new site to raise more funds.
Thanks for being patient and I look forward to updating you all.
Paul ****UPDATE****** 2/11/08
We're getting a new look...
I'm really excited to announce that I will be putting together a new website for 8 Wishes. I'm going to be moving the site from Blogger and I will be hosting the site myself. Blogger has been great but I will be moving the blog to a new platform that will add a bunch of features are give us more control of the design to help deliver all the news in a more developed way.
Also since the main video hit YouTube's front page I got a ton of emails -- at least 1000-- from people around the world. I also have around another 1000 emails from other avenues of media that 8 wishes got coverage for. It my top priority to respond to all the emails.
I'm going to be saving up funds to launch my new site. I also want to take a few weeks off to recharge my batteries (the 88 days took a lot out of me). My hope is to have the new site up in a month but it may take up to 3 months. Rest assured that I'll be working extremely hard to get everything up and running for 8 Wishes 2.0.
In June, we will be accepting applications for the donations we received. We will be giving away the $8,297 to one individual. The funds will be sitting in the ChipIn account and DARC will also be overseeing the whole process. You will notice that the donations are redirected to my PayPal account. This was the only way I was able to extend the deadline with the ChipIn widget. I will be changing it back to the ChipIn account as soon as I can. If you don't feel comfortable donating via PayPal, please just mail the check to DARC and make sure to write 8 Wishes in the memo.
I can wait to get back to work and grant all the wishes by 08/08/08
I have decided to make a new deadline. The new deadline is 08/08/08. Tell me if you think this is a good idea. I'm on the road right now so I don't have much time to write. My new sponsor Divx is going to make this possible. I'm thinking about getting Verizon wireless or T Mobil wireless so that I can have better access to the Internet when I'm on the road.
You maybe asking yourself why do I need to be on the road so much. Well I'm going to film festivals trying to network and get leads for my documentary. I believe that the film is going to raise a lot of funds for the 8 wishes project.
Please tell me what you think of the new deadline.
UPDATE! YOUTUBE FEATURED THE 8 WISHES VIDEO! So now the video count is at 212,615 views!
Also Remember that for every view I get at Stage6.com a penny will be donated to the 8 wishes cause: DivX Stage6 I also have new stats on the stage6.com video. It has around 9000 views.
Today I went around and counted up all our video views. The view count is very important because it' s what spreads the word about 8 Wishes. With about 65,000 views I was able to get over $5,000, plus tons of emails from kids around the world, and two wishes granted! (A wish for every 32,500 views... we only need 195,000 more to make them all come true!)
So what else did I get with all these video views? Well, I was able to get on national TV (Fox News), meet Paul Orfalea, connect with a ton of bloggers, go to Sundance and meet people that are going to help me finish the film solo ride (100% funds go to Charity) -- thank you to DivX for sending me!
Those are just the highlights but, basically, 8 Wishes has made a huge impact on bringing awareness to dyslexia and learning disabilities! The last 80 days have changed my life to say the least.
Our main goal for the last 6 days is to get YouTube to feature the 8 Wishes video in the next few days. At the end of the day, YouTube is the best bet to reach people because of their huge user base. I'm also going to be contacting StumbleUpon to see if they will give me a sponsor if they do that then that could also bring 1000's of views too.
Lets make a hard push for more views these last few days! Thanks for all your support guys!