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Thread: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

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    Default ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

    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
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    richard lambert
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    GrantLee63
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    insanity
    Yarmur
    safiyayaya
    dalburns1
    jayh
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    Wolfie
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    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
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
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    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
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    Making Mead since 1995

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    Default SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - First Responder!



    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 and kudos given here to those who respond.

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

    Vicky - thanks, sister. You rock!
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
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    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
    http://www.mead-makers.org
    Making Mead since 1995

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

    ::drum roll::


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

    Vicky - creating a pool hall site
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
    http://www.mead-makers.org
    Making Mead since 1995

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    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

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - Another subscriber!!!!


    ..........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....
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
    http://www.mead-makers.org
    Making Mead since 1995

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    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.

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding



    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
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
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    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
    http://www.mead-makers.org
    Making Mead since 1995

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    Default UPDATE: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - Keep it going!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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*
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
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    Making Mead since 1995

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

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
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    Making Mead since 1995

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

    Time for me to chime in....

    Take a peek at the Members 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
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    A feast is no use without good talk.

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    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 know…

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

    Quote Originally Posted by yabodie
    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?

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

    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*)
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
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    Making Mead since 1995

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    Default UPDATE: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - BONUS OFFER!!!!!

    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*.......
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
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    Making Mead since 1995

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    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

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    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...



    Yabodie

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    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!


    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
    http://www.mead-makers.org
    Making Mead since 1995

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

    Next Very Cool Person to become a Patron is 3BlindMice, a brand new arrival to GM. Thanks for the patronage!
    Wassail!

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
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    Making Mead since 1995

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    Default Re: ALL READ: SUBSCRIBER CHALLENGE - We need funding

    Happy Citizenship Day. 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...
    Want to see something added to the GotMead Glossary? PM me! Didn't know we had a glossary? Check the top row of links.

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    Found it! It must've come this weekend sometime. I'm upgrading you now, hon.

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

    Vicky Rowe
    Owner & Webmistress, Gotmead.com
    Executive Director, American Mead Makers Association
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    Making Mead since 1995

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