It has been almost 2 months since I launched Mental Geek. When I started this project, I had a slight idea of what I wanted to do with it, but I thought I would just let things happen organically.
In this time, I have launched a new website, shared some excellent stories submitted by fellow geeks in the community, shared projects you guys are working on, and have been working on growing our presence on social media.
Over this time, I have been developing my vision for Mental Geek, and right now I am keeping my focus on goals for 2019. Here is what is in the pipeline at the moment:
- The Podcast! This is going to be an important part of Mental Geek. I have the format in place. The show will feature me and a new guest each week. It will be a light and upbeat conversation, but we will of course touch on some heavy topics. We of course will also be discussing geek related things in the conversations, because that is a big part of who we are.
- Conventions/Festivals! As of now, I have Mental Geek booked to have a booth set up at 2 different events this year. One is at a music festival in St. Louis, and the other is a Gaming/Anime/Cosplay convention in Tampa this fall. The plan is to have information booklets to hand out, as well as a comprehensive list of mental health resources in that area, some Mental Geek merch for sale, and also have different items for sale that were created by Mental Geek members.
- Expanding our content! I have no limit in mind of how often there will be a new post on the website. I want anyone to feel comfortable to be able to share their story. I am slowly adding authors and admin members to the website. I am also working on a storefront, where we will have Mental Geek merch for sale, as well as an opportunity to sell and promote different works from community members. I am also in contact with some mental health professionals to offer some input and advice columns in the future, as that will be incredibly important.
- A Mental Geek book! Well, there are a few ideas floating around. I am working on a small booklet. I am writing up an in depth story of Mental Geek, and also getting some stories that people want to share for the book. Also, I am working with someone on writing a comic book based on mental health. This one is going to take a lot of work, so it is not at the top of my list of things to work on first, but something I am very excited about the ideas.
The things I have listed above are opportunities that I see as important ways to connect with more people, and to see our community grow, which is always exciting and important. I want to use this community as a beacon of hope for people who may feel lost or broken, to know that they are not alone, and they do NOT have to go through their battles alone.
There is a catch to all of this…
I NEED HELP!
Right now Mental Geek is completely run by myself, with the exception of the stories being submitted. My goal has always been to get others involved. I would love to have a team of people who want to help out in any capacity. There are plenty of things I could use some help with, and if anyone is interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a message on instagram or facebook. The opportunities include:
- Content writers. We are always looking for stories. They don’t always have to be personal stories. You can write about a various topic, including something geeky and how important it is to you, or lessons that can be learned from it, etc. I am also looking for people to help add to the book, and throw in ideas for information we can distribute at events.
- Designers. I suck at design, terribly. I have been fortunate to have someone offer to create the logo I have, but I know nothing about design and editing programs, so if anyone would ever want to help design more content for social media posts, merchandise, or even get involved with the comic book, let me know.
- Spreading the word. Yep, something as simple as sharing our blog posts, social media posts, etc definitely help. I’ve been getting a lot of positive responses from our content, and how encouraging the stories and community have been. If you think people would get something out of a particular story or the community as a whole, definitely help spread the word. It helps a lot more than you know.
- Volunteer at events. Yep, as more events get set up, I know I will need some help running the booth. You would of course get free admission to the event and breaks to enjoy your time there. I will also have special merch available to give to community members who help out at events.
- Podcast guests! Yep, I want to chat with all kinds of people. Artists, authors, musicians, collectors, gamers, movie fanatics, mental health professionals, and anyone who has an interesting story to share. I am also looking for ideas on what you guys would like for the podcast. This is for the community, and I know the show will be evolving over time, so your input will be important. If you are ever interested in getting involved with this, let me know.
- Surveys! Yep, I have set up a surveys page on the website. Right now I just have one survey on there, but I will be adding several more over the next few weeks. These will be on different topics, as well as seeking feedback for Mental Geek. These are anonymous, so if you are ever interested in contributing a story, but don’t want to feel overexposed, this is a good opportunity. I may use the responses in future posts, podcast discussions, social media posts, etc. This is going to be a big part of Mental Geek, and a way to keep the community interactive and engaging. So if you are interested in filling one out, check out the surveys page.
I am missing quite a few things from that list, so if you ever have any ideas on how you would like to help, let me know. It can be as much or as little as you are able to. I love having people involved with this, and making it truly a community project.
The final thing I am bringing up is financial support. Since this is voluntary, I can only do so much financially to get some of these things off the ground. I have just launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise some funds for Mental Geek. You can check out the page here – https://tinyurl.com/yyj9ecpy
The funds raised will help me purchase 2 good quality mics and an input to record the podcast properly. I have a few in mind, so once I hit the $300 mark, I will be able to move forward with getting the equipment and getting the show off the ground. After that, the funds raised will go toward printing informational brochures and other resources for our events. After that, the funds will go toward convention and festival fees. These fees can cost anywhere from $50-$500. I am starting off with smaller events, because there are some great ones, and financially it’s the best option. I need help securing booth space for future events, so the rest of the funds raised will go toward these events.
I will be sharing updates on the GoFundMe page as well as social media, to keep supporters up to date on exactly where the funds are going. I believe full transparency is important in this, and I will make sure everyone is up to date. My goal is to never charge money for our content, including official Mental Geek books (I would only sell physical copies to cover cost and fundraise)…so fundraising is the best change would help make sure this would be possible.
Thank you for taking your time read through this. Also, thank you so much for being a part of Mental Geek, and if you ever need to chat and vent, or need some direction on where to get some help, do not hesitate to contact me. Remember, take care of yourself. You are worth it.
Founder of Mental Geek