Here I sit, cap in hand…

OK, my hosting provider has just emailed me to let me know that I just exceeded my monthly bandwidth limit. That means I’m had a lot of downloads from this site. This is good and bad. It’s good because it means that more people than I realised are listening to this podcast (listening to it at my site has the same effect on my bandwidth usage as downloading it). I will never discourage that, of course. In fact I’d like to see my listener base increase greatly.

On the downside, this means I’m going to have to upgrade to a more expensive hosting plan. The benefits of hosting podcast files in space that you rent yourself are significant, so that’s what I did. But you know what I’m discovering? Hosting plans with decent storage and bandwidth limits aint dirt cheap.

Now (listening to my own show, I realise that I use that word a lot. I have cut out so many instances of it), I’m not even thinking about wimping out – not likely! I’ll just meet these costs as they arise. What I’ve decided to do, however, is to add a donate button to this blog. At the main blog site (www.beretta-online.com/wordpress) you’ll see some buttons on the right hand side. The one at the bottom is a PayPal donate button. If you have a paypal account (and you really should, it’s a fantastic way to make international payments online), you can click on that button, which will take you to the paypal site where you can make a $5 donation. Nothing is expected, everything is appreciated. If it were ever to generate a profit I would remove the button until hard times come again.

Think of it like the collection plate at a poor church you’re just visiting. No obligation whatsoever, but if you like what they’re doing, you might wanna help them out a little. 🙂

We now return you to our regular programme.

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