I'm calling it a success.
Our fundraising goal for the first half of 2021 was $3,500.00 — according to my calculations, we raised $3,499.56 or 99.987% of our goal!
We missed our goal by... $0.44, yes just 44 cents!
We received 15 subscriptions on 2021-06-30 alone. When we asked the community to support[*] the site, you did!
But wait; there's more! As of the time of this writing, here were 6 more subscriptions (which netted us $113.82) that came in after the 2021-06-30 23:49:49 UTC cutoff. These will be applied towards fundraising for the 2nd half of the year.
[*] Support is more than money. A big thank you to those who submit stories, write comments, moderate comments, and freely give their time to edit stories and support the systems which, together, make this a community!
Yes, we faced some challenges, but we've met them. And, through the adversity, I'd dare say it has pulled us together and made us stronger!
NB: I'll leave up the fundraising status (which show our) end-of-first-half totals for a few days, so everyone gets a chance to see them.
Lastly, I count it a privilege and distinct honor to serve the community as its Editor-in-Chief. Thank you for your encouragement and support!
Site Fundraising Status -- Almost There -- Today is Last Day of 2021H1 [UPDATES: 4]
I've been tempted to short by 1 cent fees I regard as unfair, punitive, and motivated, by greed, see if I can get them to look stupid for going way over the top with further punishments. And you know they would. Waste 100 times that in paper, printer ink, handling, and postage to mail me a letter saying that I still owe $0.01. Though, maybe more fun would be to overpay by $0.01.
I agree that 0.013% short of what all know to be an arbitrary number picked in large part for its roundness, should be regarded as a success. Another time, maybe pick a number that is round in base 16? $3840, with stretch goal of $2160? "Close enough for government work" is routinely expressed for a lot sloppier target reaching than that. Congrats SN!
No longer a few cents short :) I upped my subscription again