Ken

Website Fundraising

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This is in the blog section as it is an optional item, I am going to be expressing my personal feelings here and it's a topic that seems to bother people in the club.

Last year we ran into the problem that Ning's services were no longer going to be free. They pulled back a lot of options from us and they limited the number of members we could have. Being an open and all inclusive club, I felt this would not work for us, so I started researching new solutions. This website is the solution I came up with. I brought this idea forward to a limited number of people: the founders of the club and the creator of the Ning site. After dealing with the limitations of the Ning site and the Facebook Group page, they gave me the green light to move forward.

I renewed the MileHighMonks.com domain name, purchased webhosting space and purchased the vBulletin software out of my own pocket. I did this because it was something I knew how to do and something I wanted to do. I have no problem doing this as webhosting is a hobby for me, and we all know that hobbies are not cheap endeavors.

I have not asked anyone for money to pay for the website, although a couple of people have offered to donate and suggested ways to fundraise for it. I think fundraisers for the club in general is a wonderful idea, there are all sorts of ways the money can be put to use, even without thinking about the website.

Since the time has come to show my cards, I will reveal all. My plan was to wait until the website got a decent following and then offer a PayPal link which people who felt like pitching in a dollar or two could use to add to the kitty to pay for the server fees. There would be no push or requirement to do so, just a link. That link will be provided in the coming weeks.

I did have a second idea of setting up a 'premier" member who by paying a annual amount could be a "bishop" in the club or something silly. This would pay for the site, along with anything else and also provide that member with extra benefits: a mug, a t-shirt, whatever. Due to recent conversations, I have now thrown this idea out and will not revisit it unless enough people express interest and feel it will not harm the club.

Please do not worry yourself with the cost or expense of the site. It is my contribution to the club and I only hope that you will find it useful and help others brew better beer though the use of the bulletin.

Thank you,
Ken Heaps

Paypal donations:
http://www.milehighmonks.com/content...site-Donations

Updated 11-20-2011 at 06:36 PM by monkadmin

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  1. kingof14ers's Avatar
    I know you're not asking for donations, but I've done it anyway because I have certainly benefited from this new site. I can appreciate it Ken that you have web site building as a hobby and view this site as your contribution to the club. It's the same reason I make a personal choice to donate to say simply, "thank you for your efforts". They don't go unnoticed without having a small token of gratitude returned.

    Again I know you're not asking for donations, I know this is a fine personal contribution, but to have it come solely out of your pocket is not right at all. For you to be the only one to pay on a personal blog site would be one thing, but on a site that anyone interested in brewing can enjoy, any associated costs should be shared. So there's my personal belief. It's still your baby and pride and joy and I thank you.
  2. bikernoj's Avatar
    Ken, my brother, I knew you were taking care of the website and all, but until the other night (and this post) I had no idea you needed help with it! Honestly, I don't spend as much time on the Monk's site as some of the other members do, so I'm out of the loop on occasion - I get most of my Monk info from Facebook, TBH.

    Whenever I can, I would be happy to pass you a few $$$ to support your efforts! Can you put the PayPal link up on the home page somewhere so it doesn't get lost over time in the blogs?
  3. Ken's Avatar
    Hey Jon, I don't necessary need help with it but various Monks have offered ways to assist with the funding, which I appreciate. There is an article posted on the front page with a paypal link. Eventually I will figure out how to put the link in one of the side columns, but I am not concerned with it right now. Until you find work and get back in the black, don't worry about it... the website can still use support in the future when the newness of it dies down and the contributions come in slower.
    Thanks,
    Ken

    Quote Originally Posted by bikernoj
    Ken, my brother, I knew you were taking care of the website and all, but until the other night (and this post) I had no idea you needed help with it! Honestly, I don't spend as much time on the Monk's site as some of the other members do, so I'm out of the loop on occasion - I get most of my Monk info from Facebook, TBH.

    Whenever I can, I would be happy to pass you a few $$$ to support your efforts! Can you put the PayPal link up on the home page somewhere so it doesn't get lost over time in the blogs?