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2024 New Year's Contest

If you click on 2024-01 January - New Year's Resolution Story Contest above, you will see a list of the entries.

Contest Closed for entries.

Please post your choices for top three stories and possibly win $50.

Start the New Year right by participating in Jill, Emma, and Joanne’s writing contest!

Hatbox still short, funds needed end of month

We're short, for various reasons. In fact, we have about $90 in accounts with bills coming in.

In the meantime, we need some cash.

Thanks for any help you can send. All contributions are very welcome. Thanks a great deal to all who have already contributed or paid for a membership at Patreon or Hatbox.


Many thanks!

Paypal contributions come straight to our accounts.

Hatbox Funds Keep Us Online - Moving and Medical Expenses

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I had a medical bill for $995 for a procedure last summer that I thought the insurance had paid. I talked myself into a discount on this and paid that, and still may get it back from the insurance after running their obstacle course. Oh, me.

Next month, we will be going to Arkansas to finish moving Melanie out to CA. This will require about $1500 in funds we don't have at the moment.

A bed for Melanie and an air cleaner for me along with some other things for the house ran about $500.

Happy New Year! Not so happy new bills! Hatbox needs funds.

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It is the new year and the first in a bit where we haven't taken out a new loan to pay off last years bills. We're going to try not to do that this year; just try to get through month to month. But we do still have a couple of old loans to pay off and, of course, new bills. So it is necessary to post these appeals for help. All contributions are welcome and appreciated.


Many thanks!

Paypal contributions come straight to our accounts.

Hatbox funds needed - Today

Cash contributions from our members are how we keep BigCloset operating.

Company account was down to basically $0

If bills hit, we will overdraft.

Amazon is supposed to pay us tonight, but my stomach is cramping now with anxiety about this.

Please, If you can help, it will be appreciated.

Paypal contributions come straight to our account.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

Hatbox in a serious financial bind

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We're in a serious financial bind right now. Part of it may be a bank error which might be cleared up by Monday. In the meantime, we have bills and very little money to pay them with.

Please, if you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Amy, Jamie and the elves.

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We Aint Got No, algorithm....

Author: 

My apologies to Pink Floyd for the title. I definitely sang it in my head when I thought of it and typed it.

So this post has been one I've been thinking of in drips and drabs for a while now. It's based on things I've seen in blogs, comments, and even said to me in private channels. So please forgive me if it's not entirely coherent and a bit rant-ish.

Overdrafted, Funds needed now

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My rent is due today, ~$500, and the server bills just hit the company account, overdrafting us by over $1100. I can't do much because of my own rent bill. If you can help, now would be a good time.

Thanks to everyone who has already sent money. We really depend on you, more than you know. :)

Thanks for any amount you can send. All contributions are very welcome. Thanks a great deal to all who have already contributed or paid for a membership at Patreon or Hatbox.


Many thanks!

Here's a new link for those who don't want to use PayPal. It's through Stripe and allows payment by Credit Card, Apple Pay or Google Pay.

Contribute to HatBox

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat, Ashly, Rasufelle and the rest of the crew

Below are versions of the PayPal links.

Mid-month Bills and such - Funds Needed

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Thanks to everyone who has sent money. We really depend on you. :)

Besides the regular bills, we have some special needs that have come up.

I did get Melanie's computer replaced by tapping a savings account I hadn't touched in more than ten years. That's about the limit of my serendipitous funds, though.

The tax bill will likely wait till the new year, but a months late power bill has taken its place with more urgency. Ah, me.

Thanks for any amount you can send. All contributions are very welcome. Thanks a great deal to all who have already contributed or paid for a membership at Patreon or Hatbox.


Many thanks!

Paypal contributions come straight to our accounts.

End-month Bills - Funds Needed

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Thanks to everyone who has sent money. We really depend on you. :)

We're not desperate because Piper and I have backstopped the company accounts, but funds for end-of-month shocks would be appreciated.

Thanks for any amount you can send. All contributions are very welcome. Thanks a great deal to all who have already contributed or paid for a membership at Patreon or Hatbox.


Many thanks!

Paypal contributions come straight to our accounts.

Hatbox funds needed, New month, new bills.

Author: 

It's a new month and our hosting bills hit to the tune of nearly $2000, plus other bills.

Thanks for any help you can send. All contributions are very welcome. Thanks to all who have already contributed or paid for a membership at Patreon.


Many thanks!

Paypal contributions come straight to our accounts.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat, Ashly, Rasufelle and the rest of the crew

Hatbox Funds Needed - Still Month Left When the Money Ran Out.

Author: 

I just got a medical bill for $995 for a procedure last summer that I thought the insurance had paid. I'm going to find out what's going on before I pay them anything.

But in other news, it's the end of the month, there are bills due and coming due, and we have $150 in our accounts, company and my personal account added together.

Thanks for any help you can send. All contributions are very welcome.


Many thanks!

All stories should be back

Database repairs done.

All stories should be back in place.

I got the first notice something was wrong at 2:45 pm my time. I was at lunch and got the note on my phone as I walked in the door here.

Piper was unavailable, so I tried to fix it myself and had things back up by 3:10.

At the current time, there are no mods but ME. And occasionally, I do something else for a while.

Like now. I think I will take a nap. I got up at 430 after going to bed at 1215 last night.

Hugs,
Erin

Update: Thank You!

Hey everyone. This is an update and quick thank you (to be updated in the morning.).

As of right now we have met our immediate needs and that combine with a loan from a friend of BC will go a long way to some of us getting some needed sleep.

We aren’t 100% out of danger but we will likely be ok and have a better idea of what the immediate dilutive for BC looks like.

HuGs,
-Piper

There have been an awful lot of begging letters going out of late, and the most recent ones, I have to say, are solely my fault.

Hatbox In the hole again - please help

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We're down to less than $300 in company accounts with some bills coming up.

And I personally am down to about $150 with my bills ahead of me.

Piper has $1100 in expense to keep her vehicles running which may hit on Thursday if a plan is not in place.

In a few days we start getting money coming in from our regular places but we are in a tight corner here.

Please, if you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Amy, Jamie and the elves.

Hatbox Near Empty - Please Help

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Ten days left in May, and we're still trying to raise money for April. I've been covering some bills from my own accounts. We have currently less than $200 total in all company accounts.

Mid-month bills are due. Money from advertisers and other sources will come in at the end of the month but we need to get there.

Please, if you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Amy, Jamie and the elves.

Some Downtime Ahead. . .

This blog is intended to be a heads up.

TLDR:

  • Hardware Upgrades "soon" but actual date unknown
  • Database Upgrades even sooner, within the next 2 days

After the recent downtime where I had to do way too much data recovery, we put in plans for new infrastructure upgrades and improvements with help from a QnEZ Customer.

And we're broke! - Hatbox down to $10 - Money needed

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After recent expenses related to the downtime experienced Mar 29 to 31, and various monthly bills, we're broke. There is just less than $10 in our main bank account, and only $50 in my personal account. More bills are due as it is the beginning of the month.

We need money to get through the rest of the month.

Please, if you can help, we would like to continue operating this site. Thanks.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Amy, Jamie and the elves.

And we're back!

Author: 

Thanks to Piper's heroic efforts, BCTS is back online. We're getting so much traffic right now that things are acting a little quirky but it looks like that is clearing up as the buffers and caches fill up to take up the excess load. :)

Welcome back!

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Jamie and Amy

Sometime today, Mar 29, site will be down for an hour

Author: 

Sometime today, probably in the evening Eastern Time, our servers will be unplugged and the rack they are in will be moved to a new location in the server farm before being plugged back in and rebooted.

Piper has been to the server farm these last two days to help ensure this goes smoothly, and we are not expecting to be down for more than an hour.

Don't Panic. :)

This has been planned for months, but is part of the reason we wanted to be sure we had money in the bank, right now, in case Piper had to stay overnight or something.

BC Funds and the Hatbox

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We came up short last month, so we had to borrow some money. And that needs to be repaid but while we have some of it, we're going to do a few hundred or a thousand in upgrades. Back filling the shortage in January left us behind for February and it's already past the middle of the month.

If you can help us out, it will be greatly appreciated.

-Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Amy, Liam, Jamie and the elves

Hatbox funds needed VERY quickly - Please help

Author: 

We're pretty near broke. Less than $400 in our BigCloset accounts. A bit of month left too, and some bills, two due tomorrow (Friday) that total $480. We're still short on contributions in the new year by about $1800. If you can help us out, it will be greatly appreciated.

-Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Cat, Amy, Liam, Jamie and the elves

Now that I can breathe again...

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Hi there, wonderful Big Closet family. Jamie here, and I'm seemingly the one tasked with making the blog posts when shit happens to our tiny admin group here.

A few hours ago, Piper's brakes failed in her van as she was taking her NinjaPotato (nickname for her and her wife's young one) to dance class this evening. Everyone is alright, she was able to get the car safely into a Wawa parking lot and call for a tow and AAA....

But even with AAA, this is liable to be an expensive fix, on top of potential rental car cost. We could definitely use some help if anyone could send some Christmas funds our direction :)

Thanks to Contributors - Hatbox doing better but month -and year!- not over!

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Thanks to all the contributors who stepped up to help us out in the last week or two. :) It is greatly appreciated.

We can only do this with your support. You can see in the sidebar that we are in a much healthier situation for the month but there is still more needed to get us to a good finish for the year.

If you can help, it will be appreciated. And please, be safe.

Oh, and Happy Christmas! :)

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

We're Broke - Hatbox down to $70 - Please contribute

Author: 

Our bank account is empty. We're almost a month behind on where we should be for operating funds.

For the last four months, we have been short of funds at the end of each month and borrowed from the next month to keep going. That mule is dead and will not cross the finish line. I just put money of my own into the company account to cover for a few days

If you can help, it will be appreciated. And please, be safe.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

BC Staff-2 sick, 3 birthdays, 100% exhausted

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Hi there, Big Closet family. Jamie here, long time no chat. I've been extremely ill the last few weeks... months... something like that, and haven't been able to help out the rest of our team like I want to, so we've had to outsource some of my responsibilities and others have just been added to the huge pile.

We are in that tight spot where all of our bills are due, I needed help paying for a medicine my insurance refuses to cover, Piper's house has all their birthdays, I could probably go on for hours.

Hatbox desperate

Author: 

Contributions from our readers keep BigCloset operating. But we're very short for August, three days left and only 65% of our contribution target received. It's very tight.

If you can help, it will be appreciated. And please, be safe.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

Last days in July and Hatbox is short of goal

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Cash contributions from our members keep BigCloset operating. But we're very short for July, two days left and barely 60% of our contribution target received. It's always tight.

If you can help, it will be appreciated. And please, be safe.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

Five days to go in June - Contributions needed!

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Cash contributions from our members, including our Patreon, is how we keep BigCloset operating. We get Patreon mostly on the 2nd or 3rd of the month. We're down to about $600 in our bank account, so we're basically broke.

If you can help, it will be appreciated. And please, be safe.

Hugs,
Erin, Piper, Jamie, Cat and the rest of the crew

I hate to be doing this...

Hi there, Big Closet family.
I've finally managed to get the emotional help I need to kick the abusive asshole out of my life (I was doing the usual abused person thing of circling back to their abuser, hoping they will be better...). But as my housing was with him, I'm needing to find a place again. I'm sick and tired of depending on other people for my housing stability, so I am looking for a place for just me.

Recent Downtime

Just wanted to give everyone (that's not on Discord) a heads up as to what has gone on the last couple days.

About 2 days ago(?) I was told by others that the site was down. I went to investigate and found the "Front End" servers each with a "load" of 200+

I killed varnish, to let the front ends slow down, I did some maintenance, and then I edited the virtual servers to upgrade them from 4 to 8 cores of processing power.

Once rebooted everything seemed to be fine, and even a bit snappier so I was happy with this result and let it fly.

I am not an Author

I am not an Author only a reader who enjoys reading the work of those talented people who post on BC. Every time I go to BC's web site I notice the Hatbox status bar and wonder how few times it has obtained its monthly goal. BC's admin has posted requests asking for us to contribute to help meet the finical obligations that are necessary in running this site. I notice on the left side of the main page there are several options available to us readers to contribute to BC. I have used the "One-TIme GIft" a few times in the past but I am not a fan of PAYPAL so I looked into becoming a PATRON.

Sorry for the downtime.

Yesterday when beginning a new project, we introduced an error that caused intermittent errors over-night. We managed to track down the issue before noon, but decided to then do regular Drupal module updates. Un-beknownst to us, these updates introduced several new issues and errors that caused even worse outages that were not very apparent to us.

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