Help Keep The SFF Blog Running

It’s about time for annual bills for running TheSFFBlog.com to start coming in.

These costs are all privately funded by CreationEdge (Grayson Lei

gh), and he’s started a GoFundMe to help offset some of those costs.

Check out the GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/SupportTheSFFBlog

Now, to be clear, the continued existence of TheSFFBlog.com is not dependent upon the fundraiser meeting its goal. It’s merely an easy, transparent way for readers to help with costs. There’s no expectations attached. And there will _never_ be ads used to offset costs.

For ease of reading, the full text of the fundraiser is below.

Update: 2020 is fully funded, and use of funds are tracked on the Funding Paper Trail page. Donations are being accepted for future costs, but at the current moment I encourage people to donate to another cause, such as Australian Wildfire Relief, Puerto Rico Earthquake Recovery, a creator’s Patreon/Ko-Fi, etc.

After Stack Exchange, Inc. discontinued the Blog Overflow domain and stopped hosting blogs for individual Stack Exchange Network sites, a small team of users took over handling the blog. Read about some of the history of what happened here.

We were provided all the original assets for official blog, which was a WordPress.org site.

In order to continue operating the blog with minimal impact to its functionality, access to its previous content, and its appearance, it was necessary to continue using a privately-hosted installation of WordPress.

I have been privately funding the entire cost of the blog, as well as maintaining the server configuration and WordPress installation. The maintenance requires 1-2 hours per month to keep the site secure.

However, I’m only looking for help for the hard costs of keeping the website up.

  • The web hosting is $131.88 USD every year, so about $11/month. The next bill will be due in late January 2020.
    • This cost is a little higher than the previous host, but we had many reports of poor speed/responsiveness from readers, so I migrated to a faster and slightly more expensive host.
  • The domain name (thesffblog.com) costs $13.16 USD every year. This is standard ICANN pricing.

I’m asking for up to $150 in order to cover the costs ($145.04) of another year. The extra $5 covers the transaction fees that are processed from each donation.

In the unlikely event that I raise more than a single annual cost, any additional funds will simply be used to pay for future costs of maintaining the website, and nothing else.

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2 thoughts on “Help Keep The SFF Blog Running

  1. I apologize in advance if this is the wrong place to inquire about asking for a mention of our non-profit organization which I believe would be of great interest to your members. In the event that you are unaware of 826LA, let me tell you a bit about us. 826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. We are part of the largest youth writing network in the country, and all of our programs are absolutely free. Founded in 2002 by Nínive Clements Calegari and author Dave Eggers, 826 now has 9 official chapters nationwide and over 50 organizations nationwide inspired by us.

    826LA has two Time Travel Mart brick and mortar storefronts and all proceeds go directly into keeping our programs free for students. As can be expected in these unusual times we have had to temporarily suspend our in-classroom teaching and tutoring as well as close our storefronts. However, you can still shop the Time Travel Marts online, many of our programs are continuing remotely, and virtual fundraising events are being planned, but we need help to sustain our efforts. And this is where you come in.

    We are looking to expand our customer base with like-minded individuals who up to now had no idea where (or when) to go to purchase items such as Primordial soup, Robot toupees, Time Scouts merit badges or ‘What Happens in La Brea Tar Pits’ .’ t-shirts. Well, they need search no more.

    Just drop in to our online Time Travel Mart and take a browse. If you like what you see and what we are all about, how about a mention on your site? Perhaps a brief endorsement of 826LA, a review, a listing, an ad, a product mention (or two) or even a link? Any one of these would be very much appreciated and go a long way in helping a worthy cause.

    Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you.
    (PS We have just launched a Time Scouts Time Travel online book club)

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