A Request of Readers

Glory to God for All Things has been in existence since October of 2006. Nearly 1500 articles have been posted, with over 28,000 comments (which have been read and often responded to). Many readers have spoken of the role the blog has played in their lives (for which I give thanks to God). The community of comments has always been an evolving group of people – but the conversation has many times been as important (or more so) than the posts themselves.

The blog is in need of a face-lift and a technology overhaul. The developments over the past six years in WordPress (my blog platform) have been phenomenal. There has also been an evolution in other networks (most notably the social networking sites).

Glory to God for All Things is in need of a small capital infusion. The site will soon be overhauled to bring it up to date (with some improvement in appearance). It will particularly have a well-designed means of locating articles on important topics in an easy and user-friendly manner. 1450 articles is a lot of work to lie largely inaccessible or unorganized. The primary work of the blog – articles and comments will remain unchanged.

My parish (with the blessing of my Bishop) supports the aspect of my ministry that creates and maintains the blog – though its expenses (minimal) have been covered by myself alone. The face-lift and overhaul require a different approach.

The cost of the work will be around $1,000. I have located an excellent developer to do the needed upgrade. I am asking for readers’ support to make this possible. We are not, at present, adding a donations button on the site (maybe later). Instead, if you would like to support this next step, send a check to:

St. Anne Orthodox Church
560 Oak Ridge Turnpike
Oak Ridge, TN 37830.

Mark the check, “blog” in the memorandum. Excess gifts will support the parish’s ministry.

I apologize that we have no premiums, t-shirts or coffee mugs. All I can offer is the work that has been done and will be done and my thanks to God for your prayers and support.

Glory to God!

20 Responses to “A Request of Readers”

  1. AlyssaSophia Says:

    But of course! A worthy cause!

  2. fatherstephen Says:

    Thanks! Very encouraging…

  3. PJ Says:

    Could you set up a PayPal account for those of us who don’t have a checkbook?

  4. Bethany McDaniel Says:

    I don’t know, I mean, I really wanted the tshirt. It will be an honor, Fr.

  5. fatherstephen Says:

    PJ,
    I’ll see what I can do. It’s kinda high tech.🙂

  6. fatherstephen Says:

    Bethany,
    My major moment will be when I negotiate the movie rights for the blog. It’s getting much more interesting since my dog, Gable, became a blog consultant.

  7. Kyra Bradley Says:

    Check’s in the mail, Father…all I ask is a hug the next time I am in town…

  8. fatherstephen Says:

    Kyra,
    My joy.

  9. Orthodox Collective Says:

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  10. ecollage Says:

    As a web developer and an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I would do it for free. I think $1000 is outrageous.

  11. Drewster2000 Says:

    Fr. Stephen,

    Even though I know it’s a hassle, I would second Philip Jude’s notion. I’m in Canada and am unsure of whether or not you could deposit my check. (or cheque, as they say here).

    Even if you could, PayPal is a great way to make money transfer universal – without you having to set up with a credit card vendor. I’m sure the web developer you hired would be able to help you with a PayPal setup. Consider it a trial exercise on his/her part to demonstrate the quality of the rest of the work that will be done. (wink!)

    Having PayPal in place would also allow you to keep the funds all “on the web” (unless they’re needed elsewhere) and you wouldn’t have to run to the bank and all that. Since this is all in support of something on the internet, that makes sense.

  12. fatherstephen Says:

    Ecollage
    I’ll contact by email. Best offer all day!

  13. Sasha Says:

    Completely agreed on PayPal. And it’s easy to set up: registering for the account and then verifying the link with the bank account – all done online.

  14. Drewster2000 Says:

    um….I’m getting a 404 error on the next posting, When Taking Cover Is Not Enough; I’m I the only one?

  15. Drewster2000 Says:

    Looking at the address at the top, I see that “enough” was spelled “enought”. Could that be part of the issue?

  16. fatherstephen Says:

    Drewster – yeah. The only way to fix it, it seems, was to delete the post and re-post it. Should be fine now.

  17. Drewster2000 Says:

    made it to the next article through the link at the top here….

  18. MauriceCyril Says:

    Hi Abouna Stephen, Father Bless.
    Would readers be able to contribute to via paypal?

  19. fatherstephen Says:

    MauriceCyril,
    Paypal is indeed coming shortly.

  20. MauriceCyril Says:

    Thank you Abouna🙂

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