The 2009 Semi-Annual HGO Pledge Drive (is over!)

Started by Pete, January 03, 2009, 09:00:11 AM

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Pete

January 03, 2009, 09:00:11 AM Last Edit: January 03, 2009, 12:49:38 PM by Pete
It's that time again.  The time when my web host starts thinking that they should get paid...

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[/I]).  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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"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

flaglady

I'm in for a ten spot! I'll send it to you now.

Pete

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!

"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

churchlady

[SIZE=3]Pete do we have to have Paypal ourself to pay to your Paypal?[/SIZE]
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Pete

Quote from: churchlady on January 03, 2009, 09:17:40 AM
[SIZE=3]Pete do we have to have Paypal ourself to pay to your Paypal?[/SIZE]


You also have to have a PayPal account, but if you don't have one, it's free to set one up.
"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

flaglady

 
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!





     

Hisgirl

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?   


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?



"It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."  My Mama

Pete

I'll have Guido give you a call when it's time to collect...


"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

Pete

$25 is the total of the pledges so far.

We're halfway there in only 3 hours!

"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

sharonl

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Pete

"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

lovesblessing

[COLOR=#7030a0][SIZE=4]Consider the drive over Pete......$15.00 on the way to you! [/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][IMG]http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/winkcheeky.gif[/img]
[COLOR=#7030a0][SIZE=5]Faith is having a good opinion of God! [/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT]
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Pete

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.

"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

lovesblessing

[COLOR=#7030a0][SIZE=4]You should check your email Pete![/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][IMG]http://www.hisgraceoasis.com/Smileys/default/winkcheeky.gif[/img]
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DianeL

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..........

So, the next one is in July? I'll be there.............
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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
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By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13

flaglady

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.

sharonl

Diamonds From Heaven - help for the hurting heart
http://gentle.org/sites/diamonds/]http://gentle.org/sites/diamonds/[/URL]
Beautiful gifts - the men love them http://chopsknives.com

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Pete

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!

"There is no charge for awesomeness -- or attractiveness."

flaglady

And well deserved! Enjoy!





(But surely you could find something a little  healthier than a Big M and fries! )

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