Thank you everyone for your patience with the hosting system. I know the site has been down quite a bit lately, and I am working adamantly on creating a permanent fix. To make a long story short, we are using more bandwidth than the unlimited service account our hosting company offers. It is our goal to have the site transferred to a dedicated server as soon as possible. You should not notice any downtime with the migration, just a faster site and no error screens coming shortly.
To those of you who's kind hearts and generous spirits are offering to donate to the expenses of our site (and yes, things are getting very very expensive), I thank you, but I am so happy to say, I will no longer accept any donations. The goal of what I do is to help you save money, not take your money. Now that we have partnered with an advertising agency, I ask instead that you click over to our sponsor sites, shop those sponsors that you see advertising on our site, and thank them for paying the bills. A big thank you to The Home Depot for being our main sponsor at the moment. And a huge thank you to everyone that has donated, even small amounts, and has helped pay for the site expenses up to this point.
For those of you taking your time to submit plans and brag blog posts, I cannot thank you enough as well. I know the form sometimes picks on some of you due to a spam protection system (in four months, we've received 17,000 comments from spammers), and we are working on a system that will resolve this. I do apologize, and I can't tell you how grateful I am that you are contributing. Not only are you sharing your stories and inspiring others, but you are giving me a little more free time to do things like make dinner, play dolls with my daughter, and talk on the phone with my mom without typing at the same time. Also, when you submit a plan, it gives us a different perspective on how things might be built. And I'm such a fan of diversity, especially when it comes to ideas.
And finally, thank you to everyone that offered to build this bench for me.
When I build something that I personally don't need, the Ram is tasked with donating it to charity. I hope we have found a means to instead donate projects that I personally don't need to our readers. So look for more giveaways hidden in posts. I will not be advertising these giveaways, as the intent is to give to our loyal readers.
It is purely random (thank you Random.org for making this decision, what a horrible task, to have to choose between all 934 deserving entries!) that this bench is going to be built by another Alaskan . . .
"We live in Anchorage alaska. With two special needs kids, we have lots of stuff to corral..."
Congrats to Amy in Anchorage, Alaska. Amy, your gift card will be sent out today, and we all want to see your bench when you are done!
Again, thank you for being my friends, for being patient, for being supportive.
Have a great weekend!