First of all, thanks for clicking the donate link and coming to see what this page is all about!
Read and Find Out has now been up and running for almost 4 months, and Persephone, the server that the site is running on, has been set up since May 2009. Throughout this time, I've mostly been funding the site's operation myself (apart from a very helpful set of donations just before the site launched, at the end of August).
The current plan is for there to be two ways for the site to be supported as we move forward:
Premium Accounts: These will (hopefully) form the main source of support; for a small yearly fee, Premium Account holders will get access to more features and functionality than those without an account.
This'll be things like larger profile images, being able to include links in your messages, having more messageboard buddies, etc. Premium Account holders will also get access to the latest functionality, before it gets made available to everyone.
I'm also going to be adding adverts to the site soon; Premium Account holders obviously won't have to see them.
All money brought in through the sale of premium accounts will be directly invested back into the running of the site.
- Donations: This will be a way of "topping up" the account if Premium Accounts don't bring in the revenue I'm hoping/expecting them to. It'll also be a way for people to donate directly to me, if they're so inclined; I run the site out of my own time and make no money out if it, so if anyone felt they wanted to send something my way, it would be gratefully received! There's also my Amazon Wishlist.
Now, Premium accounts are still a month or two away and I'm again in a position where the hosting/bandwidth costs of the site have emptied out the budget I set aside for it. While I'm able to deal with the cost, if any kind souls felt that they could donate just a small amount to the running of the site, it would be much appreciated. Just click the donate link below!