I have been most remiss in not putting up a Welcome post months ago to a few people: various Aussie bloggers who have been Guest Hoydens extraordinaire here for some time now have their very own Hoyden author accounts.
So, a very merry Welcome to Beppie, Mindy and Helen as designated Hoydens!
We’re also keen to see more Guest Hoyden posts so that even more of our regulars can have a front-page voice here. If you write a post elsewhere that feels like it could fit in here at Hoyden, please do contact us about a cross-post. If you don’t have your own blog but you’re burning to write something, let us know. The more the merrier!
Now, onto more mercenary matters: as you may have already noticed, the blog now has a Donate button over in the far right sidebar. If you weren’t part of the previous discussion about fundraising to cover the running costs of the blog, I was initially wary of asking for donations but was persuaded that some people would prefer to donate rather than buying merchandise through various affiliate programmes for T-shirts/mugs/books etc (apologies to those that are keen for a besloganned T-shirt or mug – I have not yet had the time to implement this).
So, for those who have offered donations in the past, and who still want to do so, the button is now there, and any contribution, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated.
I’m in the middle of implementing rather large changes in the webhosting situation – I’m now a web-domain registrant who will shortly have a webhosting business of my own. This will obviously mean that I can control our bandwidth allocation more easily, but it still costs money to run. So, another way of supporting Hoyden that gives you something in return will be to choose to host your website on my server, which will be competitively priced (although not super-discounted as I don’t have the resources to offer some services as loss-leaders like the big companies do).
I’m certainly not asking anyone who is currently satisfied with a free blogging host to move to my paid hosting arrangement. But if you are already paying someone, consider paying me instead?