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HGO Administration => HGO Information => Topic started by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 09:00:11 am

Title: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 09:00:11 am
It's that time again.  The time when my web host starts thinking that they should get paid... (http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/th_TFRD323.png)

If you're new to HGO, you may have noticed something;  There is no advertising.  None.  Zilch.  Nada.  Not even when you are browsing the site as a guest.  That is because I pay for my web hosting package, so that you can have a reliable response time when you visit HGO, and so that we are not inundated with advertisements.  I also have chosen to disable all advertising related modules of the forum software to keep things as focused as possible.

I also do not regularly accept donations.  I have enjoyed building HGO from the ground up, and it is a pleasure for me to be able to post and fellowship with all you fine people.  I have put a lot of man hours (at last count, about 500 hours) into the backend of HGO to make things easy to use, customized to our needs, and unique to our forum.  But I don't think of it as "work", nor am I seeking any compensation for it.

However, every 6 months, I get this little email notification that tells me it's time to pay up again.  It's really not much at all; $49.99/6 months is the cost for our hosting (In the interest of full disclosure, that $49.99/month also covers my other site, rtechsupport.com).  That means it costs us just $8.33/month to keep the lights on here at HGO.  Our web host is an outstanding Christian company that offers us an incredible value.

Still, an extra $49.99 is an extra $49.99.  So the way we do things here is a bit different than most sites.

Once every 6 months, I hold a "pledge drive" in the form of a thread like this.  The last time we did this, it took just a few hours to acheive the $50 mark, and then the pledge drive closes for another 6 months!  Simple!

So here's how it works.  If you want to help support what we're doing here at HGO, just post your pledge here in this thread, or if you prefer your pledge to remain anonymous, you can PM me your pledge, and after we've reached our goal, I will PM you my PayPal information for you to make your donation.

Thank you for helping to support HGO.  Let the pledge drive, BEGIN!

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Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: flaglady on January 03, 2009, 09:07:29 am
I'm in for a ten spot! I'll send it to you now.
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 09:13:11 am
Thanks so much!

See?  You were so upset that you missed the last pledge drive, and now here you are the first one to pledge this time!

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Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: churchlady on January 03, 2009, 09:17:40 am
Pete do we have to have Paypal ourself to pay to your Paypal?
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 09:19:41 am
Quote from: churchlady on January 03, 2009, 09:17:40 am
Pete do we have to have Paypal ourself to pay to your Paypal?


You also have to have a PayPal account, but if you don't have one, it's free to set one up.
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: flaglady on January 03, 2009, 10:19:22 am
 
Quote from: Pete on January 03, 2009, 09:13:11 am
Thanks so much!

See?  You were so upset that you missed the last pledge drive, and now here you are the first one to pledge this time!

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Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: Hisgirl on January 03, 2009, 11:49:45 am
Flaglady, considering the weak dollar...does that tenspot translate to a twenty across the pond or did you actually mean a ten which would then have you sending a five?  (http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/th_scifD36.gif)  (http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/afro.gif)


Put me down for fifteen, Pete.   Can you send an email reminder...something like "where's my money?" so I won't forget when I pay the bills later on?



Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 12:06:45 pm
I'll have Guido give you a call when it's time to collect...


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Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 12:07:55 pm
$25 is the total of the pledges so far.

We're halfway there in only 3 hours!

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Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: sharonl on January 03, 2009, 12:20:35 pm
put me down for $10
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 12:22:21 pm
Awesome!   (http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/afro.gif)

Only $15 more to go...
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: lovesblessing on January 03, 2009, 12:42:08 pm
Consider the drive over Pete......$15.00 on the way to you! (http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/winkcheeky.gif)
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive
Post by: Pete on January 03, 2009, 12:49:01 pm
Wow!  It only took 2 hours and 42 minutes to be fully funded!  Nice!

Thank you all so very much for helping to support HGO.

If you haven't already sent the funds, I will PM you my Paypal information.

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Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: lovesblessing on January 03, 2009, 12:52:09 pm
You should check your email Pete!(http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/winkcheeky.gif)
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: DianeL on January 03, 2009, 01:37:35 pm
So, this morning instead of going on-line I washed floors, cleaned up the house, watched the Hillsong One Heart DVD, took my dog for a walk, had lunch and missed the pledge drive..........(http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/noidea.gif)

So, the next one is in July? I'll be there.............(http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/th_TFRD323.png)
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: flaglady on January 03, 2009, 03:29:11 pm
Dana, I meant $10 so whatever the exchange rate is was immaterial!

Well done Pete! See what a grateful bunch we are ~ grateful for this forum? We are blessed to have it and to have you in charge. God bless you.
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: sharonl on January 03, 2009, 06:44:59 pm
Pete - do I use the e-mail address for HGO?
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: map4 on January 03, 2009, 08:28:25 pm
Sorry I missed it! I'll try next time.
Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: Pete on January 08, 2009, 02:41:03 pm
Well, you'll all be happy to hear that all of your PayPal donations have cleared my account, and I have just paid the hosting bill for another 6 months.  Thank you again!

In fact, due to a few extra donations after the close of the pledge drive, I may even have enough left over to take Sarah out for a Big Mac and fries!  w00t!

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Title: Re: The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)
Post by: flaglady on January 08, 2009, 02:55:09 pm
And well deserved! Enjoy!





(But surely you could find something a little  healthier than a Big M and fries! (http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/doh.gif))