It’s my birthday this weekend, and I have some news for you.
Please don’t buy me flowers or chocolate. Flowers wither. And, if you don’t know about the fact yet – I don’t eat chocolate.
Over the past 3 years I’ve worked very hard building Chandler’s Ford Today as a community website for Chandler’s Ford.
The reason? Because we need one interactive, vibrant online community website.
Chandler’s Ford Today takes me tens of hours a month to research, write, edit, and source great content from local writers and contributors. This site remains free (and ad-free) for the joy of your reading.
From March 2013 to December 2015, this site has cost me one thousand pounds to sustain.
In the past 3 years, this site received no public funding, community funding, or donation.
In 2013, £500 was spent on setting up the site. I went on a course to start everything from scratch, and I faced some teething problems, which cost me a lot of money. Lesson learnt.
In 2014, the site became stable and the running cost was £220.
If you value what I do, or find any joy reading the website, please consider supporting me with my work for Chandler’s Ford Today.
Where will the money go?
In 2015, the site cost £220 to run, including:
- web-hosting fees
- domain renewal
- Flickr account
Your donation will help me cover the cost of 2015.
In 2016, the running cost of this site may rise to £400. This includes a switch to a powerful theme builder Dynamik (US$79) to improve the site.
I also would like to buy a mini-recorder to help me record interviews.
I also would like to upgrade to the Royale account (US$33) of Photo editor PicMonkey, the free online photo editing, where I edit the majority of photos for Chandler’s Ford Today. An upgrade will give me more tools to enhance image quality and improve visual impact.
I love working on Chandler’s Ford Today. The site contains local history, personal stories, events, reviews, interviews, and news. Chandler’s Ford Today connects people. To show your support, please consider a modest donation, to help me keep this site running, and to help this site remain clean and ad-free. I truly appreciate your support.
Contact me today to send me your donations for Chandler’s Ford Today.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll give you the bank details (for bank transfer), or an address where you could send your cheque to. Thank you.
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