June 17, 2013
Thanks to everyone for your support for our Relaunch Xanga fundraiser! With a month to go, we’re almost half-way there (~45%)… with $26,879 out of $60,000 raised.
Thank you for your support!! It’s very exciting… and in the meantime, we’ve been hard at work preparing for the potential migration over to a new WordPress platform!
We’ve gotten a number of questions, so I wanted to come up for air and share some answers here:
Why haven’t you guys updated TheXangaTeam blog?
Sorry guys, I was going to post a bunch of updates last week but some crazy personal stuff hit me… I’ve gotten it largely squared away though, and will be posting a lot of updates in the coming weeks!
How is the fundraiser going? Do you think we’ll make the fundraiser?
We’ve been really amazed and touched by the progress so far! I really do think we’re going to make it. Things should really pick up this week too, I think (see next question).
How have you been marketing the fundraiser?
We’ve gotten a good amount of outside press on our fundraiser, and have also been promoting the fundraiser on the announcement portion of everyone’s private pages. We’ll be adding more promotional notices in the coming week!
We’re also adding more FAQs to the fundraiser (to answer the questions we’ve gotten so far), and will be emailing all of our premium members this week. We’ll also be doing some press outreach in the coming weeks!
How are you going to reach other members?
It’s going to be tough to reach a lot of our members from earlier years, since in most cases we don’t have their latest email address. So in addition to press outreach, we’re also working on a marketing campaign that will help us virally send out the word on what’s going on! More on that soon.
I can’t afford to donate $48… is there any way I could donate a smaller amount?
Yes, based on everyone’s feedback, we have created a $1 donation level. Many thanks to the several dozen people since then who have donated a dollar to the cause! You can give a dollar, or actually just type in any dollar amount you want… a few people have given $3, $5 or $10.
How can I download my archives?
We got a lot of archive download requests immediately after we posted about this, and we’ve worked to add a bunch of archive generators. We should be fully caught up now – I just created a new archive, and it was generated within a few minutes!
My archives are HTML… can you give me my archives in a database format?
We’re upgrading our archive generators to generate an XML version of your data! The XML version is WordPress compatible, so you can convert it into any number of formats from there.
Why did we do this? We just thought this was the best way to make sure that everyone could get a nice clean copy of their data. We’ll let you guys know as soon as the XML archives are available!
I went to the site to make a pledge and the charge has already posted to my credit card?
That shouldn’t happen! Your card will only be charged when we successfully reach our funding goal (of $60k).
In the meantime, it sounds like what you saw was probably an authorization on your card to check if there were sufficient funds available in your account to make your pledge. It shouldn’t be an actual charge.
I gave substantially to the campaign myself, and haven’t been charged yet.
Can I see some mockups of how the interface is looking?
I will work on getting some screenshots and/or videos made this week!
What can I do to help out?
If you’ve already donated and/or tweeted or liked the campaign on Facebook (thanks to the 1.7k of you that have!)… then you’ve done more than enough. (And a special thanks to edlives and myxldove for working with Marc on our Facebook page!)
But if you’re open to doing more, we’ll be creating some Relaunch Xanga buttons that you can add to your blog or post to other sites. More info on that soon!
Thanks again guys for all of your support… and if you haven’t already, we could really use some likes and tweets here!
John @ Xanga