I realize not every reader and subscriber regards himself/herself a member of this virtual parish, but on my “About” page I promised to treat you as one. That is, you hold all the same privileges as any other member; the only limit of my service to you is your involvement.
Today I’d like to ask for just a tiny bit of involvement from any and all of you.
As you might expect, some members are pretty active and we carry on conversations via email (try firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and other means of communication. A topic that naturally comes up is the background administration of our virtual parish. It’s virtual, so that means the bulk of that work is online. Right now we are all using common carrier type services: this is a free WordPress account, those are free email addresses, the ebooks are published by someone who charges no fees for free books, etc.
Do you suppose it might be advisable to self-host some of this? That is, do you think it would work better if Brother Ed ran a server from his house and hosted this blog with full control, and maybe offered a free parish email service, etc.? Which services would you like to see that I might add to our parish if it were possible?
Be aware that this is something that would not happen tomorrow even if we had the money for it. We would have to obtain a good server box, and then I’d have to learn more about systems administration (Linux, of course), and eventually I’d have to pay for upgrading my Cox broadband account to a commercial grade connection, because standard home Internet service blocks almost all of that stuff. No, I can’t promise it would be quick, but I’m quite willing to try for the sake of this parish and my ministry to all of you.
Even if some of you would pony up some donations for it, I still need some assurance that a portion of my readership gives a rat’s patootie either way. So come on and speak up; I need to know if it will bless you to, say, get rid of the ads that show up on this blog.