RedState has a real need for your help
Imagine the power of a fully armed and operational RedState
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When we started RedState in May of 2004, we used a website program called Scoop — the same program a lot of similar sites on the left used. But, as the number of visitors to our site grew, Scoop kept crashing on us.
If we’d been a liberal website, we would have been able to fix the problem quickly and relatively cheaply. The online left loves Scoop. Unfortunately, there weren’t really any conservative Scoop developers out there to help us. We kept crashing and were out of money. We had to close down or take drastic action.
Well, we didn’t close down. We ditched Scoop and moved to the best alternative at the time, a program called Drupal. But, in accomplishing the switch, budget constraints forced us to sacrifice some popular site features in order to alleviate the strain on our overused servers.
Needless to say, we always regarded those “downgrades” as temporary, and we hoped to restore the eliminated features – and to add new and even better ones – as soon as we could afford to.
Unfortunately, we still can’t afford to. But we’re convinced that America can afford even less to have us operating at anything less than our absolute peak potential during the coming presidential election season.
So we’ve decided to move ahead with our upgrades without delay, and despite not having the cash on hand – hoping and praying that RedState.com readers like you will help us make up the shortfall with a generous donation.
Please read on for a preview and more begging . . .
Here, specifically, is what we’re planning to accomplish with your generous financial support …
In February, we will be launching RedState v.3.0 – a complete website overhaul that, instead of relying on third-party providers like Scoop or Dupral, will this time be our own specially-created platform designed to give us all the capabilities, power and independence to serve you, our readers with everything you want and deserve.
Here are just a few of the features that we'll be adding to our website – or bringing back by popular demand:
- ★ improved tools for state and local blogging
- ★ online activism channels
- ★ enhanced social networking
- ★ a conservative job/volunteer board
- ★ special tools for easier posting
- ★ tools for tracking new comments and total comments
- ★ user access to comments
- ★ ability to track recent activity on the site
Upgrades and improvements like these will immeasurably enhance the RedState.com experience for you and other readers – and help to attract new readers and thereby extend our influence during this crucial election season.
But the v.3.0 upgrade will not come cheap. And to make it happen, we need to raise an additional $25,000 over and above what we have available in our budget.
And that’s where loyal readers like you come in. We figure if just 1,000 of our readers respond to this appeal by donating at least $25 each, we can cover the entire shortfall in one fell swoop.
Won’t you please help us out by making a donation today? And please be as generous as you can afford – much as I hope that we’ll get 1000 donations, that may be too hopeful on my part, so your additional generosity will help compensate for those who can’t even afford $25.
And, if at all possible, please make your donation immediately by clicking here. We’re already financially committed to this upgrade, and the bills for it are already coming due.
I’ll be blunt: I hate asking you for money. But I hate even more to imagine what America will be like if someone like Hillary Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama wins the presidency in November. RedState can help prevent that nightmare from coming true – but only if we’re offering the best possible web experience to the widest possible audience.
That’s what RedState 3.0 will enable to us to become. Please help make us the website that you’ve been asking for, that all our readers deserve – and that America so desperately needs.