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webmaster
09-14-2006, 10:37 PM
OK folks, those of you who read, but haven't yet become patrons, I'm issuing a challenge.

I need $600 for the next round of hosting, and for software to automate some of the admin aspects of the site so I can free up some time to work on site content, and I need it by the end of September. Thats 2 weeks.

That means I need 24 new subscribers in the next 2 weeks. I'll put up a counter to clock 'em down.

Those of you that have *already* subscribed, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Some of you are old-timers, and some of you are total newbies. All y'all are heroes to me.

Those of you that spend your time here, but haven't contributed yet: The site needs funding. I don't have a regular income, and can't foot it all myself. A site this large takes lots of time and money to operate. Time to pony up, folks. To cover the costs of this site, I ideally need around 2,000 subscribers, which I hope someday to reach. But right now, the site needs funds.

Thanks to the following for their contributions, both monetary and manual labor-wise. Words cannot express my gratitude:

JamesP
The Honey Farmer
greenblood
Scott Horner
hedgehog
mouko_yamamoto
wrathwilde
mcfeeley
stevet
jaysbrew
mynx
mainedruid
angus
jab
Holiday
matt_maples
byathread
Miriam
mikespens
darkstar
David Baldwin
neadmead
memento
BrewBoy
Oskaar
lugh
kace069
richard lambert
winethief
EllenK
sokushi
onwardtothestars
storm1969
c0bra
beeman
yabodie
pearlheartgtr
wjohnson0013
mazerrob
GrantLee63
jmattioli
insanity
Yarmur
safiyayaya
dalburns1
jayh
pyrofx
Wolfie
Chesley
Malachai
Pamela
MSTazs
seeGarzz
Little Mick
tyrithe
alden
ucflumberjack
Pewter of Deodar
Tsuchi
Leonora

Y'all rock, and thanks again for your Patronage!

Vicky - preparing to spend the night working on programming

webmaster
09-14-2006, 11:49 PM
:wav:

A BIG HAND for Cargirl, who was the first person to respond to the Subscriber Challenge!!!!!!!

Ha! 80% of the posters here are big, tough guys, and a *girl* is first out of the gate. So, the rest of you guys gonna let that go by?

The count will be updated in the subscription box in the right column :laughing4: and kudos given here to those who respond.

:::::::::::::::CHICK POWER!!!!!!!!::::::::::::::::::

Vicky - thanks, sister. You rock!

webmaster
09-15-2006, 02:26 AM
::drum roll::
:icon_thumright:

Please welcome Ibiduin to the ranks of Patron! Thanks, dude, I appreciate it!

Vicky - creating a pool hall site

WRATHWILDE
09-15-2006, 02:41 AM
Vicky,
I Figured it was time to renew, since it was right around last years Pennsic that I got the Subscription/Donation bandwagon rolling. I'm now on the automatic renewal bandwagon.

Wrathwilde

webmaster
09-15-2006, 02:45 AM
:icon_salut:
..........And the crowd goes Wilde....Wrathwilde, that is. Wrath *extended* his subscription another year!

Thanks sweetie! You rock my world!

Vicky - re-programming Zen cart....

kace069
09-15-2006, 02:55 AM
WELCOME NEW PATRONS!!!!

I personally thank you for your help!

Gotmead.com has imporved my meads 10 fold, along with the great commradier here. Your investment in this site is appreciated by all the other patrons and those who come here to learn about mead. You are helping to spread the word of this one time nearly extinct drink with its vast historical influnece. You are helping keep history alive!

The webmistress runs the best forum on the web.

Not everyone sees this site or has even heard of mead. I love my GM gear. Everytime I wear it I get to educate someone about this important part of history. Get some gear and enlighten the off line world.

webmaster
09-15-2006, 09:11 AM
:notworthy:

Thank you Recluse for signing up as a patron! Welcome to the ranks, and have fun with the new toys!!!

The User Home Pages function for Patrons comes up later this month, the latest in the Patron Privledges.

Vicky - operating on 3 hours sleep

webmaster
09-15-2006, 12:27 PM
:notworthy: Thanks to several generous folks, we're 1/6 of the way to our funding goal to pay the hosting for the next 6 months, and put some automation software on the backend to free up time for expanding the site.

:toothy9: If you really want to impress me, enough of you subscribe to cover *a whole year* of hosting, which would bring the funding goal to $900.

We're at just a hair over $100.

:sad11: Please, if you read here, lurk here, post here, or spend more than 2 days a month here, then help support the site you spend your time on. Over 60 of you have, and stand high in my estimation because of it.

:nono: What about the rest of you? Think there's a free lunch?

This place is a money pit, and 1,000's of hours a year go into making it so you can play. Take pity on the programmer and help me stop having to pay for it out of my home budget.

So c'mon - support the site. You're here anyway, whether you're posting or just lurking. Dontcha think that merits a mere $25/year?

Vicky - pushing, 'cause I don't have the money to do it and the family threatened me if I take it from the house budget *again*

webmaster
09-15-2006, 01:36 PM
:cheers:

Welcome Deltogre to the ranks of Patron! Thanks dude.....

Angus
09-15-2006, 01:57 PM
Time for me to chime in....

Take a peek at the Members (http://www.gotmead.com/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,183/action,mlist) list. Check out your member name. How many posts do you have? If it is over 100, and you have not become a paid Patron yet, don't you think you should? Come on, join us happy members. It's worth it!

Angus

yabodie
09-15-2006, 02:16 PM
I would almost drop it down to 50 posts. Honestly, if folks have used the mead calculator, asked a few questions and have gathered a shred of info from this site to improve their mead, sign up.

$25 bucks is very little if you really think about it.

Besides once you sign up you can see what Oskaar did to win BOS at the CA state fair with his mead!!

Come on, you know you want to knowÖ :headbang: :headbang:

Pewter_of_Deodar
09-15-2006, 02:36 PM
Besides once you sign up you can see what Oskaar did to win BOS at the CA state fair with his mead!!


What? No link?

What was her name? Was she a redhead?

webmaster
09-15-2006, 02:55 PM
Pewter, please don't make off-topic comments in this thread. This is for fundraising, not speculations on someone's love life.

On topic, there are *57* people with over 50 posts who have not yet subscribed. I won't list them (though I have a list), you can see it in your own post count.

You valued the place enough to post that many times. Please consider supporting the site you post in and read.

If you haven't gotten any value, then why are you here? If you have, then please support the site and the resources required to maintain it.

Am I pushy? Yep, I've a couple grand in site costs on my American Express card, and its 30 days overdue. Hosting comes up in a month. If I don't pay Amex, they'll come get me, and the site goes bye-bye.

I had hoped that putting up lots of great patron benefits would help, but apparently that isn't an incentive to lay out just over $2.00 per month.

This site makes about $1500/*YEAR*. It *COSTS* over $10,000, and that figure increases every year (that doesn't include me getting one thin dime). At the rate we're growing I'll have to move us to a dedicated server next year, which increases our hosting about 500%.

Do the math.

Vicky - they don't pay me enough to do this job (oh, right, they don't pay me *at all*)

webmaster
09-15-2006, 09:34 PM
As an added bonus/incentive to encourage you to sign up between now and midnight, EST September 30, we offer the following bonuses:


All Subscribers for this period will get a free copy of 'The Mead of St. Winston', a meadly work of fiction by our own Miriam Kresh
Your name will be drawn from a hat October 1 to get a free hour of consultation with Oskaar on meadmaking/winemaking/beermaking/name your poison, at Oskaar's expense


....so step up and see if you can win input from Oskaar.

Those of you who *have* had the opportunity to talk with Oskaar on meadmaking, don't you think it would be a valuable hour? I know it helps *me*.......

Yarmur
09-16-2006, 11:07 AM
Vicky,

Just wanted to let ya know that I just sent you two 25.00 donations through Amazon. Don't extend my subscription as I will renew next year when due. Thanks for all of your hard work and personal money spent here, hopefully the 50.00 will help you reach your goal.

Yarmur

yabodie
09-16-2006, 05:01 PM
Vicky,
I just did the same as Yarmur, except through Pay Pal. Maybe the other Patrons can pony up to the bar and make a donation as well...

Come on folks, help out...

:cheers:

Yabodie

webmaster
09-16-2006, 09:34 PM
:notworthy:

What a sweet surprise after being offline all day! Thanks Yarmur & Yabodie! You guys rock!

Thanks also to Sander, Cyberpope, and Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery Corp for becoming subscribers today!

We're getting there.....thanks all of you!

webmaster
09-16-2006, 10:29 PM
Next Very Cool Person to become a Patron is 3BlindMice, a brand new arrival to GM. Thanks for the patronage!

akueck
09-17-2006, 02:52 PM
Happy Citizenship Day. :usa2: Amazon should be forwarding along your gift soon.

Hopefully the USPS will find NC, and my check will be there soon too. I sent it in August... :BangHead:

webmaster
09-17-2006, 04:01 PM
Found it! It must've come this weekend sometime. I'm upgrading you now, hon.

Please welcome akueck to the ranks of Patron!!!!

Oskaar
09-17-2006, 05:41 PM
Woo hoo! Welcome Akueck!! Now that you're a patron make sure to dig into the Patrons' Section for additional cool information about meadmaking.

We're putting up new posts and specialty mead making information and resources in that area that is not available to the non-Patrons of Gotmead.com.

Cheers,

Oskaar

akueck
09-18-2006, 01:10 AM
I was supposed to pack today, but instead I spent all my time reading St Winston's and all of the patron's posts. :icon_study: Oops. I think I might need a 12-step plan to get ready for my honeymoon...where there will be no internet. I hope my mead will be ok. ;D Or, I mean, woohooo! vacation! and other stuff... >:D who needs internet??

"See" you in October!

Aaron
(who finally has the batchelor party smell washed off... :occasion16: )

Maelduin
09-18-2006, 05:30 AM
*BUSTED*

OK, so this is my 66th post on Gotmead. Just back from Amazon, Vicky. Signed up for a year.

Regards,

Maelduin

webmaster
09-18-2006, 09:01 AM
Welcome to the ranks of patron, Maelduin! I am just sending you your welcome letter. Enjoy. You'll probably kill part of a day reading St. Winstons like I did. See if you can figure out who the characters are here on GM. I figured out *some* of them....

webmaster
09-19-2006, 09:33 AM
:wav:

...And the latest additions....::drum roll::

Strix_Varia and Syrinx! Welcome to the ranks of GM patrons!

Thanks to David Baldwin and Kace for extending their subscriptions! You guys are great!

Oskaar
09-19-2006, 01:20 PM
OK,

So Vicky is probably going to freak out when I post this but, as I like to say, forgiveness is easier to ask for than permission. So, here's the list of people that have over 50 posts, and have not yet joined. If your name is on the list in error I apologize in advance and shall remove it immediately upon notification from you.

Otherwise, here's the listing of those prolific posters who have not yet joined.

abejita
Aggie4You
ancjr
beeboy
Brewbear
briankettering
buzzardwhiskey
CheshireCat
Consul
CosmicCharlie
davarm
Derf
dogglebe
edacsac
exmoor_cat
Fortuna_Wolf
Fwee
Geoffrey Johnson
GntlKnght
Gonzo
Hidalgo
HomeBrew
IdahoSkunk
intothefray
JamesB
JoeM
Johnnybladers
kash
Lagerman64
MacLupine
Marion
mavityre
Meriadoc
Mu
Norskersword
palecricket1
Pawn
Riadfodig
Rurouni85Samurai
ScottS
scout
Skinner
Summersolstice
Suzy_Q_Brewmistres
Sveinne
Talon
teucer
toolboxdiver
Tylor!!
Val
WikdWaze

Peer pressure is always a good thing in my book! LOL

Vicky, adAPOLOGIESvance,

Oskaar

insanity
09-19-2006, 02:02 PM
Although I recognize a few names on the list, does the list take into account how active they are on the site. In the several months Iíve been at the site, there are several names that Iíve never seen log on. I guess they could be visitors now? But realistically, their inactivity to the site may be little more than asking for money from a ghost contingency. In simple terms, the pool of people that have posted more than 50 times may not be that extensive.

I agree with some of the other patrons - by sending additional donations to Vicky to help offset the costs. I sent a small donation by mail Monday. I only bring it up because if we as patrons sit back and wait for registered users to become patrons, the goal of keeping the site alive may fail. With that in mind, the patrons are a logical choice for supporting funds as well.

The Honey Farmer
09-19-2006, 02:57 PM
Nice list Oskaar,
I say, " If you want to play, you gotta pay " It's not fair to Vicky or to a handful of subscribers to buy a ticket for everyone else. So come on people, get off your wallets and help out the site like the site has helped you! :help: :help: :help: :help: :help: :help:

Dennis

webmaster
09-19-2006, 03:19 PM
Thanks, gentleman! I appreciate the acknowledgement, and the comments.

I am hoping that our fund drive, and all the great folks, both regulars and new folks, who have subscribed, extended their subscriptions, and who have encouraged, cajoled, or bullied their friends into doing it too will set an example for those who are *also* here pretty regularly, but may not be prolific posters.

We get from 75,000 to over 100,000 unique visitors to Gotmead every month. So, there are quite a few folks who visit, and might just use this as an info-gathering tool, and never really post. Nevertheless, they keep coming back.

Still, if that is you, then perhaps you might consider subscribing, both for the additional info like the AMA articles, which are patron only and the patron-only forum boards. Plus, we've several other patron-only tools and information resources in the works that will debut later this year (God willin' and I can clone myself a couple of times so I have the girlpower, LOL).

So, keep encouraging others who use this resource. And remember, you're supporting the site you use. Keeping it online is totally up to the visitors to the site.

Thanks again to all those who have subscribed this week, and over the last year. You've helped enormously!

Vicky - juggling about 12 balls today, and stopping for a second to post, and look at the cool winery pix Oskaar sent me

Tsuchi
09-19-2006, 03:29 PM
Is there anyone who knows those on the list that could personaly give them a nudge or let them know whats going on. I'm not encouraging mass e-mails...But..

Personaly I am an INfrequent flyer. Glad to help when needed, but I do have a love it and leave it relationship with my computer and the internet. It was pure chance that I coughed up prior to the main drive, It had crossed my mind but i just hadn't gotten to it.

Just a thought,
Tsuchi.

ps. Gang up nicely on you buddies

Muirghein Tarot
09-19-2006, 07:17 PM
If your name is on the list in error I apologize in advance

How about those of us who's name is not on the list by error?

I feel so over looked. :protest:

I may not meet the subscribers challenge date as for the next two weeks that 25 bucks might just be the gas money that gets me to work. But my subscription will me sent out as soon as I can swing a few dollars free. I apologize it's been a bad decade so far. :sad7:

Tarot. :icon_pirat:

webmaster
09-19-2006, 07:48 PM
Dude, I feel your pain. Thats why I have to push for subscribers. I'm self-employed as a web designer, and go months without any significant income to speak of. It tends to be a little money-no money situation for me.

I kind of go by the 'if you can afford to buy honey for mead, you can afford to subscribe if you hang out here' philosophy.

I tend to be broke as hell most of the time, but if I scrimp for several of my hubby's paychecks on other things, I usually manage to come up with the cash we need to go to civil war shoots, we just give up something else. Lately, that's been any money I might have for meadmaking. I defer to the family hobby vs. my personal hobby.

I have a spreadsheet budget that I check every day (sometimes several times a day) to see where I need to juggle this cycle. Its been like that for over 2 years, but I'm used to it now.

In the interest of the budget, I have given up renaissance festivals except for our family outing to Maryland once a year (which we saved for several paychecks to have cash for), I've given up making mead, except for a batch or 2 a year, 'cause honey is expensive and meadmaking isn't a family hobby. I've given up new clothes (haven't bought more than the occasional pair of jeans for 2 years), am selling most of my garb for fairs and any new stuff I need I make myself now from a stash of fabric I have from when I *did* have money years ago. But every entertainment we have as a family, I plan for months in advance and save pennies here and there to put aside. It's tedious as heck, but hey, its that or don't go, so I do it.

I get to go to Pennsic because my hubby graciously allows me to squeeze the $500 it costs for everything out of a couple months worth of *his* paychecks. I get to go the Mead Festival because I usually manage to find a Frequent Flyer ticket somewhere, get a free room because I judge, and get free tickets because I work. So, all I have to do is feed myself, and I save for months before to have that money. Last year I never left the hotel while I was there, to save gas. Now that its in Denver, I won't have to figure out a car, I can just shuttle to the hotel (thank goodness).

For the last 3 years, every penny of profit (and quite a bit of personal cash) from my website business has gone into building up Gotmead, so I don't collect any money from my own business, just live of my hubby (who has been *very* patient with this money pit...LOL).

So, believe me, I feel your pain, I really do.

Vicky - doing surveys to earn frequent flyer points for February

webmaster
09-21-2006, 08:25 PM
Please welcome kwatt to the ranks of patron!!!!

Kwatt has just 9 posts. And several of the new folks over the last couple months have signed up without *any* posts, a few that didn't even have accounts yet, they just paid up right from the start.

I'm very grateful to these people for giving Gotmead the benefit of the doubt that the site will be worth their while.

Thanks all who have signed up this Challenge, and all the people that signed up since we started the subscription porgram, you've kept Gotmead.com online.

Thanks. A lot.

storm1969
09-22-2006, 12:26 AM
Sorry I took so long. I've had a bit of family emergency and haven't been on the site much. I just sent you 2 Payments via amazon. Please don't count it as renewal. when mine comes up again sometime next year I will renew it then. and if you need more next week let me know. I can probably swing two more.

Love the site.

Sorry I missed you at the MD Ren. Fair this year. Maybe next year.

Brian

webmaster
09-22-2006, 12:29 AM
Hey Brian! Thanks *so* much!!!! :icon_thumleft:

It's patrons like you that keep this dump going, LOL. I appreciate the donation, and will find some *other* way of rewarding you for your generosity, since you won't take a renewal......

webmaster
09-24-2006, 11:00 PM
:cheers:

Welcome our latest members, new both to Gotmead and to the Patron ranks: norsebill and DKeen111253.

Welcome to Gotmead, and thanks a heap for subscribing! Your contribution goes to keep Gotmead online, and help us continue to expand the site and add lots of new mead content for everyone.

Vicky - just back from a weekend camping with my family

Angus
09-25-2006, 06:06 PM
Bump.

Just 7 more to go. Come on people. Let's pony up and find the $25 keep this site rolling.

Why? Well that's simple. I am sitting here drinking a mead from a recipe I got right here on GM. Delicious! Worth $25 though? Absolutely. I have learned how to make mead, some beer, and now some wines from this site. Troubleshooting. Recipes. Advice. Camaraderie. I will also add that I got a private chat with Oskaar a few months ago, and believe me when I tell you that the info I gleaned from his experience was a tremendous help to this budding mazer. Trust me when I say that his offer for 1 hour of personal time is worth it's weight in Orange Blossom.

Hell, to me this site is worth $50. And I will stand by that statement!!!

So join us. Support the site. Become a Patron TODAY.

GrantLee63
09-25-2006, 07:50 PM
I made my first batch of mead on February 18, 2006. I followed the Papazian 'Antipodal' mead recipe found in his 'The Complete Joy of Homebrewing' book. It was the same mead that I sampled back in January of 2006, and gave me the inspiration to "try a batch".

On February 19, I found this site. Since that time, I have made 11 additional 5 or 6 gallon batches:

- Joe's Ancient Orange
- Joe's No-Age Sweet
- Tri-Berry Melomel
- Joe's No-Age Sweet (batch #2)
- Holiday Cyser
- White Grape Pyment
- Acerglyn
- Vanilla Mead
- Joe's No-Age Sweet (batch #3!)
- Basic Braggot
- Blueberry Melomel

EACH AND EVERY ONE of these recipes were found on this site. Invaluable information was provided to me by members of this site to ensure the batches I made came out like they are supposed to. To say that I could have had the success I've had as a rookie meadmaker without this site would be the understatement of the year!!!

Recently, I got into All-Grain Beer Brewing and would'nt you know it .... I'm getting OUTSTANDING information and feedback for that as well! MAN!!!!!!!!!! It just never stops here at GM!!!!! :cheers:

This is a GREAT site by any measure! The 25 bux a year it costs to become a Patron in order to keep it up and running, is a very small price to pay for the amount of knowledge you get in exchange.

THANK YOU VICKY ROWE! :notworthy: THANK YOU OSKAAR! :notworthy: THANK YOU WRATHWILDE! :notworthy: THANK YOU DAN MCFEELEY :notworthy: THANK YOU ANGUS! :notworthy: THANK YOU KACE069! :notworthy: THANK YOU PEWTER_OF_DEODAR! :notworthy: THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE PROVIDED ME WITH FEEDBACK ON MY POSTS! :notworthy:

But most importantly of all ....

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE PATRONS OF THIS SITE FOR WITHOUT YOUR UNSELFISH FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS, NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE !!!!! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

OK. Back to sipping some of my (still young - but good) vanilla mead ..... - GL63

kace069
09-26-2006, 01:47 AM
How much mead will $25 buy you?
Well commercial meads 2 bottles if your lucky, more like 1 bottle and some change. Not much more than a 1/4 gallon.

How much mead can you make for $25 after you invest in keeping this site on the web?

Gallons of custom made mead! :sign13:

That is always improving!

Sure you have to put out some dough for equipment, but if you think about how much a bottle of mead costs your first batch will pay for itself at least 2 fold. If you start by making 1 gallon batches which is super cheap to get into, Look at the cost comparison at the start of my post. You will pay $25 for a quart of mead, why not pay $25 dollars for an ounce of knowledge and make a gallon of mead for less than $5?

webmaster
09-26-2006, 05:14 PM
Gosh, such glowing reviews! LOL. Thanks guys, I really appreciate it, and am glad the site helped. Keep watching, I'm working on lots of new articles, recipes and reviews.

Please welcome Johnnybladers to Patrons! Jon, thanks a lot for signing up, you get us one closer to being solvent!

Johnnybladers
09-30-2006, 10:30 AM
Hello,
I'm one of the ones from Oskaar's moochers list. I thought surely there's been a mistake, I couldn't have posted anywhere near 50 times. I was wrong. I guess its one of those things you just don't realize how much you use until someone pokes you in the ribs and points it out. I was planning a subsricption as a Christmas present to myself (I want Oskaar's recipes!) so I guess X-mas came a little early.

Ya think Oskaar can find it in his heart to put a big red slash through my name on the list? LOL
Thanks all, Jon.

Oskaar
09-30-2006, 11:39 AM
...snip Ya think Oskaar can find it in his heart to put a big red slash through my name on the list? LOL
Thanks all, Jon.


Done!

Thanks for becoming a patron!

Oskaar

webmaster
10-02-2006, 02:02 PM
:wav::wav::wav:

Thanks to all who subscribed during the challenge:

abigailshoney
deltogre
ibiduin
recluse
Rezzin
3BlindMice
CyberPope
Sander
cardinalwinery
akueck
maelduin
Strix_Varia
Syrinx
Alex Nauda
kwatt
DKeen111253
norsebill
Johnnybladers

....and just today....

Regal74
Riadfodig

Y'all helped us on the way to our goal, and even though we didn't make it, I'm *seriously* grateful for your patronage and support of the site. This year Gotmead will run less of a deficit than it usually runs, because of *YOU*, and that will keep my family from breaking my kneecaps when I snake cash from the budget next time! (I hope, LOL).

Thanks again everyone!!!!!!!!