Work has begun on getting this place back up and running...
... and one of the first things that had to be done was the renewal of domains and certificates... *shudder*
This led to a good look at how this place is doing financially and it seemed like a good place to start asking for help. (and yes, we really need help) So it's time for the annual, please give us some money speech. (sing along if you know the words).
This site is financially supported by Renee and myself along with viewers like you! Since we have had no real updates in six months, I'm assuming that if you're reading this, you are one of our die-hard LIL family. Your support is not only appreciated right now, but genuinely essential.
As of this writing, we have 12 people, who every month contribute a small $10 (or in few cases $20) donation. Many of these subscribers have been doing this for years and years. These are essential to keep this place going, and I think we all owe them a debt of thanks for their dedication and generosity. There have been many months where this site would have closed had it not been for their ongoing commitment.
Every month we get an occasional one time donation generally ranging from $10 to $100. Combined with our monthly subscribers, we are currently generating around $225 / month currently.
So some general info about this place... bear with me M&R girls... this is real math, not that silly stuff we teach you.
If you average across an entire year the cost of running this community, adding in all the bits and pieces including: domain names, certificates, server cost and add-on modules (such as the chat feature), it costs us just shy of $5000 a year to keep this place going. That's approximately $416 per month.
As you can see we're falling about $175 short every month.
The good news is, we're more than halfway covered by donations. The bad news is, the difference is starting to hurt quite a bit. Right now, Ren and I are investing $2000 a year to keep this place here for all of you to play in. We've been doing this for quite a while now and I have no regrets. Unfortunately, we can't keep up that level of support for very much longer. Our family dynamic is getting ready to change in an expensive way... (possibly more on that in an upcoming post and good Goddess is it expensive)... and we just can not continue to provide that level of support.
...and so we turn to you... our LIL family... asking you: how important is this place to you?
Subscriptions to this place make all the difference. Single donations are awesome, but we rely... we DEPEND... on those little recurring $10 or $20 monthly funds. They're dependable and they make this place self sufficient. So again I ask, how important is this place to you? How much time do you spend here? Do you use it more than Netflix? Pandora? Playstation Plus? Or any of the countless other little monthly subscriptions that these other entertainment technologies use to survive?
It only takes a handful of this community chipping in together to make this place completely self sustaining... but it DOES require that handful.
Please remember, we're not trying to make money off of this place. As nice as it would be to have this an extra income source, that is not the purpose. All donations towards this site go right back into paying for this place to exist and always have for over a decade now. If you care about this place, please really think about contributing on a monthly basis.
Love you all and stay tuned for some update info.