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A Decisive Moment, A Simple Request

Posted by Elwin Green on March 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

On April 1, 2010, I launched the Homewood Nation website as the successor to "My Homewood," the Post-Gazette's first blog, which began on October 3, 2005.


So, Homewood Nation is close to finishing its fourth year; and I have been writing about Homewood for nearly 8 1/2 years.


Today I posted a status on Facebook inviting people to make greater use of Homewood Nation - specifically, by using "Homewood Happenings," the community calendar.


This post is an alternative to that one. Here, I ask, "Should Homewood Nation continue at all?"


THAT'S A REAL QUESTION. The domain name, www.homewoodnation.com, expires at the end of this month, and I must decide whether or not to renew it.


I want to keep Homewood Nation going, especially since it has expanded to include a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, and a YouTube channel. Especially since Homewood Nation has sponsored events, both live and online. Especially since Homewood Nation has been the first news outlet to cover some stories in Homewood, and the only news outlet to cover some others. I not only want to keep Homewood Nation going; I want to keep it growing, for a long time.


But without help, I can't afford to keep it going, much less growing.


That's not because it takes a lot of money. It's because it takes a lot of time. Time that I could otherwise devote to a J-O-B.


I know that by doing this work, I have earned some people's respect, appreciation and even admiration. But have I earned any money?


Yes - about $1,100.


Over four years, that's less than $1 a day.


I have staked my economic life on Jesus' command and promise, "Give, and it shall be given unto you." In recent months, I have concluded that I need to link that to another command-promise: "Ask, and you shall receive."


So I am asking: If you appreciate Homewood Nation, if you want to see it continue, please help it to continue by using the button to the right to make a contribution via PayPal.


How much? A $10 contibution would be great, but the real answer is, "Whatever Homewood Nation is worth to you and whatever you can afford." ANY AMOUNT WOULD BE APPRECIATED.


Please do it now, while you're thinking of it.



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Reply Bram R
9:37 AM on April 4, 2014 
I hope HN continues, and becomes more and more worth your time investment. You should consider employing a Kickstarter or one of the several other Internet crowd funding utilities. I understand there is even a new one that caters specially to Pittsburgh-area ventures.

My experience has been, they can be helpful and reasonably user-friendly.

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