I hope you were able to read the email I sent last week. If you’re like me, chances are it got lost amidst hundreds of others. If you didn’t see it, you can read it here. That being said, as part of its promised updates, I believe I have a solution to make our correspondence a little easier. More on that below, but first let me catch you up on a few things.
Go Fund Me Campaign
First, I was blown away with everyone’s support in the GoFundMe drive. I had resisted asking for donations for so long, I was afraid people would have become disinterested. Nonetheless, within a couple days we reached 10% of our goal, and we have already begun implementing some much needed improvements. However, we still have a long way to go.
I appreciate the emails many of you sent this week informing me of how you have benefited from our community. Without our strict site rules, the size of Nexus would surely be close to 100K. However, since our primary aim is community, I’m much more comfortable communicating with a handful of friends than being in a packed coliseum that contained a few jerks.
Likewise, I want to say thank you to those who contributed to our campaign, but rarely (or never) visit Nexus. One of the things I didn’t mention in my previous email is possibly one of the most important things we do. The details will never be known publically, but we host several private groups that are invisible unless you are a member. These are made up of individuals from countries that would be at great risk if their nontheism were known. The interactions I have with them are most humbling, and truly help me keep my life in perspective.
Please donate if you are able. Remember, we have never had any paid staff, and our goal is to remove all outside forms of advertising. Therefore, it cannot be accomplished without your help: http://www.gofundme.com/atheistnexus.
I must admit, that I was somewhat surprised that the complaints about the new membership structure were almost nonexistent. As I write this, a couple dozen of you have chosen to support Nexus in this way. This will go a long way in assisting us in achieving our goals, and it will help to guarantee that basic membership on Nexus will always be free. Very soon, I will be announcing an online event that will have a few perks for those who have upgraded. It’s just a tease right now because I am still waiting to hear from a few people.
For details on how to upgrade your membership, please go to: http://www.atheistnexus.org/page/membership-options-1. Options start at $3.00 a month. I know this does not seem like a lot, but collectively, it has a huge impact.
Also, because a few have asked, I want to explain that you can donate through PayPal without having to set up a PayPal account. This page has the information: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=xpt/cps/general/OptionalAccount-outside
Finally, as to the before mentioned way to make our communication much easier, I have set up a new email system. I have never been a fan of the way emails are handled on Nexus, and I always wonder if mine only end up in your junk mail. It may take a little while to complete the switch, so bear with me a bit if you receive duplicates.
To sign up for this much more secure form of correspondence, go here: http://eepurl.com/brCZOz
When you follow that link, the sign up page will have the following three options:
Regardless of the list choice you choose, here’s my promise to you concerning your email: “No Frills. No games. No spam. 100% privacy.”
So, there you have it. Thanks for your time.
(AKA: Brother Richard)