Okay. Deep Breath.
I've been running this blog for almost 4 years now (started September 2001), and have every intention of continuing, in some form or other, until I drop or The Next Big Thing Comes Along.
And during that time, I've been rather proud that I've never asked for specific financial support of the blog. The main reason has been that I wanted freedom: I wanted the freedom to stop blogging at any time, and not feel as if I'd ripped people off if something came up and I decided to stop.
All I've wanted you guys to do is buy my books, and spread them about the happy land. That's still the most important thing to me, because I believe every word I say, it's my main ministry (besides my family), and it's why I do what I do.
But here's the deal - my computer is driving me nuts. It's on its last legs - I do all of what I do on a Gateway I bought in 1998, with a dial-up connection. To be honest, it still works fine for word processing, and if all I was doing was writing and email, I wouldn't complain. But blogging is something I really like to do as well, and it's taking up too much time because my computer is slowing down, I have to restart it all the time, etc. I could do a lot more blogging - and a lot more substantive blogging - if my computer were faster and didn't require pep talks several times a day. The past month, it's just gotten worse and worse. The breaking point was last night - I had three substantive posts I wanted to do, and could have done in fifteen minutes, except for the blasted computer, and then I lost one of them when the computer froze, and..aaargh.
If you'd like to contribute to The Open Book Computer Fund...Click on the button on the left there.
Any money received over $1200 will go to
(And if we get $2000 over that...
(would that be the first house built by bloggers?)
(Actually, I'll pull the button as soon as I can after the goal is reached - it's just that if I'm not online for several hours and we go past the goal...that's where the extra money will go.)
I am deeply, deeply appreciative because you know, this isn't just my blog - it's your blog, too. It's only as interesting as it is because of your contributions.
The button is up there on the left. I'll leave it up there for a couple of days and see what happens. (I tried to do this earlier, but for some reason, the button wouldn't work within the post. Let's see if this is better.)
Ad Multos Annos!