Holding out the cup

Holding out the cup

In the thread below about the slowness of the site recently and about how I was thinking about moving to a hosting company to serve it, Zita comments that I should ask for donations to help defray the cost of the move. The last time I rattled the tin cup was last spring and you were all very generous, and I wasn’t planning on doing it again. Frankly, it didn’t seem necessary at this point.

But it’s looking like if I want do this move right I’m going to have to pay a guy to do some of the backend programming (I want to upgrade to the latest version of the software running the site, which is a non-trivial task, preparing it for many years of blogging to come.)

Now, I’m hesitant to ask for donations right now for one particular reason: Mark Shea has just begun his quarterly pledge drive today and I really don’t want to siphon donations from him. He’s asking for donations to support his family; I just need help maintaining this site.

So here’s what I’m proposing. If you are able to give only to one blogger now and are inclined to give to Mark, then I would urge you to do so. If you were not planning to give a donation to Mark or if you’re able to make two donations, then I’ll gladly accept whatever help you can give. If you can’t make a donation at all, then your well wishes and prayers are just as welcome.

I don’t want anyone to be made to feel that if they don’t give a donation that they aren’t welcome to read or post comments. That’s just not true. Everyone is welcome here regardless and I make no account of whether they have given or not.

So if you want to donate, you can either click on the “Make a Donation” link at the top left of the main page or you can drop a check in the mail, made out to me, and send it to:

Bettnet Enterprises, Inc.
203 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli