Well, dear people, the blog-foundation fundraiser swooped past two milestones yesterday: we passed that halfway point and we made it to the one-year mark.
Thanks to you, Living Freedom blog will move to its own dedicated site. And barring unfortunate incidents with my Lamborghini, it will live for at the very least another year on what you have already donated.
Now, if we can make it all the way to goal, we’ll not only have two assured years of bloglife, but He Who Fakes It Well and I will add interesting new features that take advantage of the very best thing this blog has ever had to offer: you guys.
Oh wait. Perhaps that was an unfortunate way to put it. No, I don’t want to “take advantage” of you. But (big tease), if we make the full goal of the fundraiser, then I’ll know that there’s enough reader support to expand the new site, adding community-oriented features.
More than that I cannot say at the moment.
Except, of course, to say thank you.
A single donation put us past those two milestones. It came in the form of bitcoin. My very first bitcoin, actually. Half a bitcoin. Which doesn’t sound like much, but is one of the biggest donations of the fundraiser.
Now, what to do with it? The Wandering Monk won’t take it in payment for earth-moving or wall repair, but I’m sure I’ll find good uses. The donor tells me there are ways to use bitcoin for Amazon purchases, even though Amazon doesn’t directly take it. And Amazon has a fantastic regular price on 20-ton bottle jacks. I have four of those already, but four more will come in handy when the entire back of the house has to rise at once.
Much learning and experimenting ahead. Both on the house and on bitcoin.
Although I understand that the blockchain technology behind bitcoin is likely to be a worldchanger, I’ve resisted jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon. Partly because I got burned by egold (feddies, you stole my little half ounce). Partly because those who’ve most ardently promoted bitcoin at me have come across as True Believers — something that never, ever bodes well. And partly because I perceive bitcoin itself as a flawed product (if product is the word) with serious security issues.
Still, it does signal the future and I’m overdue to experiment with it. We may see the demise of bitcoin, sooner or later. But the blockchain is with us to stay.
So I’m grateful to the kindly rational donor who was not only so generous, but simply offered a couple of helpful links along with his donation and didn’t back me up against a wall and preach the Bitcoin True Believer Doctrine in my face.
Until now, He Who Fakes It Well has done most of the work on the new site. I’ve been hampered both by my limited online time and problems with my OS that temporarily prevent me from ftping files. Both problems will be fixed within the the next little while. But for now, thank heaven for hard-working and creative HWFIW.
For the blog, we first choose a free WordPress theme. Then at H’s suggestion, I purchased a pro version that allows all kinds of fun and attractive customization.
Well, attractive must be in the eye of the beholder. I finally put my hand into the blog-to-be last night, sitting on the steps of the closed library. Okay, maybe I went a little wild-n-crazy with colors just because I could. But I thought what I’d created was … um, lively and upbeat.
When I had to email H. for his help, though, first thing he did before checking out my question was blow away my color scheme so it wouldn’t melt his eyeballs.
I saved a copy, though. So what do your eyeballs think?
And don’t worry if it burns your eyeballs, too. We’ve got a long way to go before it’s ready for reading.