Thank you so much for your patience with the transition over to the new blog page. I see that some of you have already made it along with e-mail subscriptions and all. I added a new subscription for anyone who had been subscribed to cotaforpatrickh.com. You should have gotten an e-mail from WordPress prompting you to confirm. If you got it right, then you got a notification of this post in your e-mail.
Anyway, I’ve been asked a few times a question that I want to clarify. Some people are wondering if the switch means that we are no longer fundraising with COTA.
The answer is, OF COURSE we are still working with COTA. They have been a wonderful support to us. We’ve raised $21,921.81 so far which is AMAZING! And they have still been an amazing resource for us. I can’t even put into words how kind and concerned they are every time I talk to them.
So why the change?
A couple of weeks ago, a COTA representative called me because the website domain was up for renewal. It has been 4 years since we started fundraising. Can you believe that? 4 YEARS!
4 years ago, COTA asked me to move our blog onto their web platform and servers so that they could help us make sure that our online fundraising presence followed all of the rules and regulations required by the 501(c)3 status. 4 years ago, we had a committee planning monthly fundraising events. We were new and required a lot of supervision.
But now, well, we’ve been at this for some time. We’re a little more seasoned. We don’t need someone to screen all the posts to make sure we got the verbiage for fundraising right. Our campaign has gotten smaller and a little less busy.
And so, we can follow a little bit more lenient set of rules. My personal blog no longer is required to be hosted on their servers.
If you remember, back in the day when I had time for personal hobbies, I was dabbling quite a bit in graphic and web design. I have been itching for years to get control of my own blog design back. To get features like tagging and categories and an automatic Facebook and Twitter feed. (And a smoother CMS to work with so that posting blogs would feel like less of a chore and I’d do it more often.) I am thrilled to have the option to post pictures and quick blog entries from an app in my phone. I think I’ll do a better job sharing with you more often. And, as icing on the cake, I could save COTA the cost of maintaining my domain and hosting so that that annual fee could go to helping another family with their transplant expenses.
So, long story short, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been backing up this blog for the past couple of years, but I decided to take advantage of having to sit up half the night waiting to give antibiotic doses and get the rest of the blog moved. Pulled it off in just a matter of days.
And here we are.
We have not given up on COTA and they have not given up on us. You can still make donations through the links on the top right-hand side of the page. We are still collecting used cell phones and ink and toner cartridges and other assorted electronic devices. And we are still open to putting together big fundraising events, if you have any great ideas. In fact, I’m thinking maybe it’s time for a new batch of “Got Guts?” shirts, since we’ve got a new domain. (That project may take me days, or weeks, or months.. but it’s in my little head.)
And I am SO VERY excited to be able to continue to share the story of our journey with you at this, our new blogging home.
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