Jamie Stegmaier has this topic well covered on his blog and there is no way I could cover it any better than him.
In the interest of feeling like I am adding to the conversation, I will tell you what we do.
We go on Kickstarter everyday and we look for various projects to follow. We spend most of our time in the table top games section but we also like to look in the comics, publishing, and technology sections. I will go to almost all the sections of KS over the course of the month but the three I mentioned before I go to on a daily basis. If I find a project a really want to follow, I will pledge a dollar to the cause and get access to the updates and engage in the discussion. If I plan to up my pledge to a level where I want to game, I will engage on a level of replying to suggestions and voting on options for art or whatever the campaign might be asking backers about. If I am in it just to follow along and not get the game, I will stay out of the “changes” type conversation. I never felt that was fair to throw in my two cents when I am only pledging a dollar.
I will hit the remind me button for a fair amount of campaigns. Due to the volume of campaigns I look at over the course of the week some will fall through the cracks and I will forget about them. It is nice to get a reminder email near the end of the campaign so I can check out how the campaign went. Using Kickstarter in this way allows me to see what campaigns are up to.
If you plan to run your own Kickstarter campaign one day, you should be on there everyday. Get used to the “lay of the land” and how things operate. When it comes time for you to run your own campaign, you will be well prepared.
If you have any comments or questions, leave a comment here or email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have made it this far, would you like to go a little farther? We are thinking about starting a regular Google hangout with other designers. We can try to design a game together, we can talk about designers we are working on, you can ask us questions. We can make it whatever we want. What we really want to do is get to know the people that are willing to read all the way to the bottom of our posts. Please contact Chris on Twitter or send him an email and if we are able to get a minimal amount of interest, we can work on putting something together.