A week ago I got a notice from the webhost, as I have from year to year, saying the domain registry fee was coming due, service would be suspended in a few days and the domain might expire about month after that.
I put up a post asking for help and telling a stupid story, something many of us do at times & moments of pressure. I hoped I'd get enough for at least a year's renewal, maybe three or five? I could not stand the idea of losing this website over a few bucks, but around here lately, that's a lot.
One reader followed up to make certain I'd received what was sent. Another reader expressed small but valid concern for the website's well being; was it hacked, could it be a hoax, a theft attempt or something else bad? Had the "Deep State" had gotten to me? (I digress and joke; nobody in a position to cause trouble because of TheAmendment.net gives a rip about me or this website.)
I could thank each of you individually however not everybody included contact information (but most did). In my state of shock, I briefly contemplated returning donations, then came to my senses and realized it would be the finest way to slap your generosity in the face.
Y'all had a collective effect, it wasn't just what each of you did individually.
It's what all of you, flung around the globe literally, did for me as a group. I am choking back tears as I type this, because I had no idea the damage I have done with this hobby, no understanding of the havoc I've wreaked in your lives, maybe large, maybe small. I've run amok and made a MESS, haven't I ?
Humbly and with all the gratitude I can muster, I repeat my reply to that one reader, to & for all of you who come here:
[Your generosity] hit me squarely in the forehead and knocked me to the ground. Almost literally, and the sum effect of what readers did was....not what I expected. I had no idea this would happen. I confess I wouldn't have asked for help and might have let the domain go into limbo & suspension, if I thought I'd be hit by a wave as large as what struck. I'm still sore from the impact. Thank you, I am only now regaining the ability to talk. It left me speechless.