Convention update

Hi everyone, Rhonda here – not that it’s unusual for me to blog on a Monday, but it’s me. Anyway, I wanted to give a very brief update on convention plans. Many have asked us about it, and I want to be as clear as possible.

First of all, both Amanda and I would like to have a convention this year. Our friend Jason at the Hard Rock worked to get a very nice deal together for us, and we appreciate his efforts. At this point in time, however, we are struggling with two things: Money (for deposits) and time.

The money part is simple: it costs money for deposits, and while a few thousand dollars may not seem like a lot – I can assure you that it absolutely is when it is your money, you’re on a limited budget, and there’s some concern about whether or not you’d get it back.  We have had some discussion about doing a sort of Kickstarter where we offer various ticket packages and other opportunities so that we could earn the money for convention costs. We would offer everything from a way for people to support the convention, to VIP packages for the entire weekend. The hope would be to raise enough money where we could pay the deposits without Amanda and I having to be on the hook financially.

That leads me to the second issue: time. There is never really enough of that.  I’m finding that I have to devote my extra time to other personal family things right now. That may change in the next few weeks, or it may not. This is a time where I’d give my eye-teeth for additional help, but I know that most people just want to GO to the convention and not have to plan one. I just am not sure if I can devote all of the time necessary for it to be a success, and I can’t make that determination just yet.

This is not the update I would have wanted to give several weeks or months back. Life has a crazy way of changing and I sometimes struggle to keep up. I will be keeping Amanda updated with what’s going on, and from there we will make some decisions. That’s really the best I can do right now. No, it’s not where I wanted to be or how I wanted to do it – but it’s what I have to work with right now. I realize that some of you need time to plan for travel and so forth, and I apologize for not being able to give better answers right now.

-R

2 thoughts on “Convention update”

  1. Very understandable. Family is number 1 PRIORITY Family first over everything else. Suggestion….. How about a go fund me account for the deposit, We’re all benefiting from it.

    1. Hi Phoenix,

      GoFundMe isn’t a bad idea at all. We were thinking about using Kickstarter so that we could offer early ticketing packages and things, thinking that people tend to like the idea of getting something in return for their monetary support as opposed to just donating. (we have a donate button up on the front page of our site and it rarely gets much love) Personally, I think most Duranies are cynical by nature – which I certainly understand – so we were figuring that maybe by sweetening the “ask” with a “here’s what you’ll get in return” might help. If not, at least we can say we tried. We are definitely not going to be fronting the money for another convention, though. It’s too expensive and stressful without help. -R

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