Over the next five years the cost of hosting kiamagic.com will be around $2000USD. That assumes current site activity levels remain constant. Because the site is free to join and advert free all of this cost comes directly out of Anton’s pocket. However it is important we remain advert and fee free so the only option available is to ask those who value the site, wish for its continued existence to help support its future in whatever way they can.
This means if you can afford to donate cash, please do so, however small the amount. If you can’t, please volunteer to help out with the fund raising campaign team so we can discuss ideas of how to fund our future, and help implement those ideas.
Whilst direct donations are probably preferred due to us getting a larger cut, Anton has also started an experimental funding campaign on IndieGoGo. The goal is to raise $4000USD by the end of this year. Small and large perks have been allocated to those that can contribute certain amounts, ranging from being publicly thanked on the KIA Twitter feed, through to getting hold of a special pre-release ‘Thankyou Edition’ of Anton’s forthcoming book ‘Chemical Serpents and getting a printed credit in the final version.
If we raise enough we can run kiamagic.com as a secure site to protect traffic with a certificate. For each $600USD we raise we can fund this for a year. The $4000USD target also allows for upgrading the server to allow for increased bandwidth if we can exceed what we need to maintain current levels. If we don’t reach the target though, anything we do raise will help keep us going, so please get involved in any way you can.