Ning is the web-platform that the ADDer World social network is hosted on. A few members wrote to me the last couple days concerned about the recent Ning price increases. So far I have never charged for membership here and I sincerely do not intend to, regardless of the announced price increases. However, with that said, many Ning sites, thousands of them, have closed down over the last year due to the new pricing and now the recent price increases will see more sites close down.
ADDer World was not created to make money or to charge for membership. The sole source of financial support for the ADDer World websites is the revenue from my books. When that is not enough, I pay the fees out of my pocket. I will not put the costs of running our ADDer World free membership website on you, the members. I am extremely proud that there have been members concerned and have asked me how they can help. You know as much as I do how rare that is nowadays. If you sincerely want to help, I still will accept no money from you; however, as always you can help by spreading the word about my print books or purchasing one and reviewing it.
Here are specific ways you can help, but only if you want to:
You are under absolutely no obligation to help ADDer World, or to spread the word about my books. Your help is absolutely optional; ADDer World is freely open to anyone and will remain so. I have been steadfast against accepting donations; however, if Ning continues to increase prices I may eventually add a donation button, but I am very much against doing that.
Once again, thank you very much for your concern. ADDer World will not be going anywhere. Ning is the most advanced social network platform with more features than are found on many other platforms, therefore, I will keep ADDer World on Ning.
It really stinks. I have TWO sites- ADD related, on Ning- so this new fee hike is really hitting me. : (
Oh, I wouldn't say that necessarily. Everything has a reasonable price. It's the user perspective of the internet that gives the 'feeling' that information and sites are free, or have abundant cash flow, but in reality that's not the case and most sites eventually disappear that are not hosted by a larger site. Think of the dot-com era. Anyhow, prices should be reasonable. Blogs are easy for the most part because they have a small footprint on the net, whereas social networks like ADDer World have a much larger footprint. I have always been willing to pay to host. That's not an issue and those that want to help can, but are in no way obligated and should not feel that way.
Thankfully Amazon has taken down one instance of my free eBook and I expect the other instance to be taken down soon as well :) Then I am going to find out who it was...
Yes, you have two excellent, helpful sites Terry! I have a feeling the price increases are just the start and by this time next year we will see the intended prices that they want to reach. The price hikes cannot be put on members, and shouldn't, at least not here, because there are too many places on the net and no member could ever hope to support them all. However, with that said, a few caring members can make a huge difference without donating, but by simply getting word out.