Yeah, it's that time. Sorry in advance for the commercial.
As you can probably guess, 2021 is not the most fun time to be hanging it all out there on the line as a 1-person small business. As much as I dislike doing this yearly pledge drive, I have to do it in order to stay afloat.
So, once more into the breech...if VAF and its forums are one of your online watering holes of habit, it's time for me to beg you to send in $25 if you haven't already done so this year. 2021 is coming to a close, and while I try not to pester much about the whole honor system donate thing, this site is no kidding how I do food, shelter and clothing (and college).* And this year so far has pretty much blown financial chunks. Interestingly, traffic nearly tripled during the lockdown, but it didn't turn into triple the donations.
If you have already sent in a 2021 donation, THANK YOU! If not, how to send in money can be found by clicking on the "Donate Methods" in the upper left corner of the page.
There are 31,500 registered forum accounts and tens of thousands of unregistered lurkers. As of Nov 28, 1,405
people have donated in 2021 - a little over $37K
before taxes. Thank you to those helping keep the lights on.
I'm not kidding when I say these donations really, REALLY matter. I won't give up and I'll keep trying my hardest to bring you a quality product that acts as a momentary distraction from the chaos that has become our current world.
If you're not already doing it, please help me keep this thing online.
Doug Reeves (your host)
*I do some occasional part-time seat support in a simulator that pays $10/hr (no medical benefits) - I've earned $5,727.36 so far in 2021 doing this (worded another way about 23 days of our son's college expenses). I earned a Phenom type rating in February by doing a hundred sessions, but have yet to find any contract work (I continue to try - some nibbles but the cork is still floating).