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Here are the facts. My compy is now over 5 years old. It’s a HP pavillion ze5000 Pentium 4 2.0Ghz with 512MB of ram 40G hard drive, a crappy video card, a CD-RW/DVD drive that doesn’t burn anymore and gets REALLY HOT when you play things in it, especially DVDs, the screen flickers and is about 1/2 as bright as it used to be, the internal wi-fi (802.11b) doesn’t work anymore, I have to use a PCI card, the buttons on the touch pad don’t work (so I always use an external mouse (thank goodness it’s wireless)), and the batteries (I had 2) hold charges for about 5 min (and no I’m not exaggerating), which means I ALWAYS have to be near a plug and lug around the power brick. On top of that all it weighs in at about 10-13 lbs. C-H-U-N-K-Y!!!! It’s been a great lappy and I’ve appreciated it ever since I got it. It’s just time. It’s starting to get to the point where I’m getting slightly more and more worried that one day it’s just going to go kapoot on me and that’s it.
At this point it’s not even worth it to put money into it to upgrade it. It would be at least 200-500 to bring it up to speed, but that’s just really memory and hard drive and maybe a new CD/DVD drive, but that does nothing for the board and processor, which to say is a HUGE part.
On top of that, I’ve been coveting the elusive MacBook Pro. Yes probably more machine than I need, and I could get away with just a MacBook, but hey it’s my computer and I’ll do as I wish. And I’d kinda like the bigger screen. Portability is not my #1 factor in choosing a machine.
What to do?
Well as most of you know, I’m not exactly in the position to fork over bucco bucks for a Mac.
Here comes my 2 part plan.
Part one involves me finally getting around to redesigning this blog. From head to toe. Maybe even hosting it myself, but that’s still up in the air. But for sure a full redesign, cleaner, not black and a little more web 2.0, more like web 1.8323. But still an upgrade from the current state. My biggest hangup besides the whole design part is whether to keep “Doogie Howser Did It, So Why Not Me” or just move it all over to andrewseely.com. The pro to doogie, is that it’s memorable, but I feel that I started with that title just as something fun. andrewseely.com has a bit more of professional tone to it and it goes along with my domain name. (Here’s where you get to chime in on that part, use the comments as usual.) I hope to have the redesigned site up by the middle of Jan (but maybe don’t hold your breath too much), but realistically I’d love to have it done by the beginning of feb maybe in time for my blogaversary (feb 4th).
Part two involves raising the nearly $3000 it’s going to take to get me my new lappy. Yes I know that’s a lot. Yes I know there are other “suitable” laptops out there, but everyone’s entitled to something a little nice. So either you can help me out or you can conscientiously object. I’m not asking for “handouts” here. I have a plan. And that plan is “THE DREADED AD SPACE” dun, dun, dunnn!!!!
I’m hoping on the generosity and friendship of the blogosphere out there. It’s not something for nothing, it’s something for something. I fear that I may get the better of the two, but I’m hoping there’s some generous people out there.
OK here’s how it’s gonna work. I’ve decided to sell 15 (fifteen) ads on the blog each lasting 10 months, for a total price of $200 (broken down that’s $20/mo for you math wizzes). I know that’s a bit high for ad space for a blog that isn’t THAT popular, but again here’s where your generosity plays a part.
The ads are going to be 150px by 50px which would look like this (you create a banner and I’ll put it up):
I would really like to be able to sell ads to people/sites/organizations that I support and know, but I will be a bit discriminate about what ends up on the blog, I won’t just take ads because it means revenue for me.
Here’s a partial list of dream people/organizations/websites that I’d like to buy ad space from me (feel free to suggest more or ask others for me):
-youth specialties (nudge, nudge Marko)
-YMX (youth ministry exchange)
(yes I know my subscription has expired, I plan on renewing soon) (all paid up)
-Any of my Emergent friends who have a book(s) coming out soon (wink wink Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Brian McLaren)
-the movie Once
-google (or any of their products)
-apple (since it’s to buy one of their machines) (or you could be SUPER cool and give me one and I’ll give you all the free ad space you want or you can laser engrave anything you want into the cover)
-any of YOUR blogs/websites
Please help out if you can or pass the word if you know of any of the people mentioned above or if you know of any good organizations/people out there who might want to buy some cheap ad space that will go to a good cause. Let’s harness the power of social networking.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at [ andrewseely at gmail dot com ]
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