Top 10 List: Why Kickstarter Loves Potato Salad But Not Military Kids

Surprised girl

When life gives you lemons….

Social media is not like ebola.  Even Alex from Target cannot predict what goes viral.  High fives to Zach Brown and his quirky potato salad campaign that raised $55,492 on Kickstarter in August 2014 for a $10 pitch make potato salad.


Here at the 6 Million Kids Campaign, we’re still puzzled why Kickstarter celebrated the potato salad campaign, but would not give this project for military kids the opportunity to go viral.  You can read more about that on the “Controversy” page.  It would be nice to get an answer but we know that’s not likely to happen.

After getting over the initial shock of being rejected days before we launched on Veterans Day, I began to get angry at how military kids were being overlooked.  There’s Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter co-founder, telling everyone he wants passionate people connected with Kickstarter and signing his Tumblr page “love Yancey.”  But then his organization won’t show any love to America’s military kids.”

After fuming with family and friends over the holidays, anger has given way to humor and my improv theater training took over.  It’s not often that I get a chance to be humorous in talking about military transition.  So, here’s the Top 10 List of Why Kickstarter Loves Potato Salad But Not Military Kids.  You can follow this on Twitter (#SpudsOrKids) and contribute your own ideas!

  1. Making potato salad only costs about $10; raising a kid costs more than $300K.
  2. Potato salad is predictable, kids are not.
  3. A potato salad party is fun but a kid’s party usually involves someone wetting their pants or barfing.
  4. Potato salad will never tell grandma her meatloaf is yucky.
  5. If you don’t like potato salad, you can throw it away. Try it with a kid and you wind up in jail.
  6. Potato salad will sit quietly in your fridge all night long. No guarantees with kids.
  7. There are recipes for perfect potato salad. Perfect kids don’t exist.
  8. A great potato salad may get you on Top Chef. A great kid never will.
  9. Potato salad never wants to borrow the car or increases your insurance rates.
  10. Potato salad: an hour of work, 15 minutes of bliss. Kids: 15 minutes of bliss, 18 years of work.

I would love to get this on Letterman.  It’s a lot to hope for, but not too much to ask on behalf of 6 million military kids.  Anyone have the inside track to David Letterman or his producers Eric Stangel and Mike Buczkiewicz?

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