ChristianBlog.Com has made the decision to decrease the total limit of blogs that members with free accounts are able to publish, effective June 1, 2010, from a total of 50 blogs to 10 (ten) [updated: 25 (twenty-five)] blogs.
This change will affect less than 210 of our 14,000 members and realistically should only effect around a dozen or so active members.
The purpose for this reduction is simply to help encourage a growth of our Pledge Partner system, which helps funds the day-to-day operations of the ChristianBlog.Com Services. Sadly it will affect a few existing members, as we attempt to have a greater impact on our newer members considering their continued use of the ChristianBlog.Com Services. This change is not being put into place to target our existing members, but rather future members. Unfortunately, however, this is one of those "it has to affect everybody" situations.
For those dozen or so active member who it will affect, this notice allows you two full weeks to consider your options.
Your options are:
(1) Become a Pledge Partner - it is only fair to support the ministry that is ministering to you.
(2) Cease Publication of Blogs.
(3) Petition us for an exemption. To do so, contact the owner of CB and inform him you are simply unable to cover the expenses of being a Pledge Partner and he will consider each petition on a case-by-case basis. Those who have previously been a Pledge Partner (or Premier Member) or those who have previously donated to ChristianBlog.Com will receive a higher chance of getting an exemption, as it will allow us to persue additional legal options to help cover your expenses.
Also please note that in addition to a decrease of Blog Publication, there will be a number of other reductions that will affect those with a free membership, such as total gallery uploads, total friends, and so on.
Over the last 12-16 months ChristianBlog.Com has continued to increase our limitations in hopes it would encourage additional members to become Pledge Partners, as that has failed to work, we are pursuing other options in attempts to cover our monthly expenses. Making these changes probably makes us feel worse than it will anybody that it will affect... trust us on that one.
There seems to be some mis-understanding on this part of this blog:
[quote]Petition us for an exemption. To do so, contact the owner of CB and inform him you are simply unable to cover the expenses of being a Pledge Partner and he will consider each petition on a case-by-case basis.[/quote]
Perhaps "mis-understanding" is the incorrect term.
The owner of ChristianBlog.Com ( John B. Abela (@abelajohnb) ) would like to make it clear that this [b]does not[/b] apply to new members. This exemption is intended for those members who have been around ChristianBlog.Com a substantial amount of time - typically known as a "grandfathering" of features - that is, a way for those who have been around before a major change, to not be effected by the change.
So, please, note: If you have joined ChristianBlog.Com during the 2010 year - he will not make an exemption for you. He feels that if you have less than six months of membership, you should step-forward and pay your dues and be fair to him.
He would also like to express that he has received a few very moving messages from people who have only been a member of the ChristianBlog.Com website for a few days. While he is very touched by these messages, expecting a free membership when you haven't even had time to truly become a part of "the fellowship/family" is simply not going to happen. It is a matter of fairness to him and if he hasn't seen your name around the website, if he hasn't gotten to know you from you blogging, if he hasn't had a chance to chat with you in the chatroom, or other things that he considers "being apart of the community", he would like us to let you know, he is simply not going to make an exception for you. He is not trying to be mean, he is just trying to be fair.
[quote]Those who have previously been a Pledge Partner (or Premier Member) or those who have previously donated to ChristianBlog.Com will receive a higher chance of getting an exemption, as it will allow us to persue additional legal options to help cover your expenses.[/quote]
He would also like us to remind you of this point. This is very important to him. If you have sent him any financial support over your 6+ months of using the ChristianBlog.Com website, there is a "[i]very very good chance[/i]" he will make an exemption for you. It does not matter if it has been a $10 donation or a lot more. His ability to make things "[i]easy on the business end of things[/i]" if he already has you logged into his accounting software, is "[i]pretty much the key to getting an exemption[/i]". While he is not looking for you to continue to support the ChristianBlog.Com ministry in times that are already hard for you, it is only fair that he first consider those who have made at least some financial commitment to the ChristianBlog.Com ministry at some point in the past.
With the arrival of June 1, 2010 we have now made the reduction in total blogs that our free members can publish.
However, we have decided to change our reduction from our previously indicated "10 blog limit" to a "25 blog limit".
The vast majority of our members who have 10 (ten) blogs have never reached the 25 (twenty-five) blog limit - so it seemed to us to be a fair middle-ground for both ChristianBlog.Com and those who decide to continue to be a fairly active blogger.
This also greatly increases the number of people it will affect. We previously stated, [i]"This change will affect less than 210 of our 14,000 members and realistically should only effect around a dozen or so active members."[/i], and with the increase from 10 (ten) to 25 (twenty-five) allowed blogs, the number of people it will affect goes from "210" to "50", with a more realistic number of people it will affect [i](when you consider that the vast majority of the 50 people are no longer active members)[/i] is closer to 5 (five) to 10 (ten) people - and probably fewer than five, to be truly realistic.
If you are one of those very few people who this affects, and you know there is no possible way you can afford our very small [link=http://www.christianblog.com/pledge/]Pledge Partnership[/link] subscription, we would encourage you to consider applying for a "Pay-It-Forward" Pledge Partnership. If you meet the requirements be sure to contact [member=abelajohnb]the owner of ChristianBlog.Com[/member] with the details listed on the [link=http://www.christianblog.com/payitforward/]"Pay-It-Forward"[/link] page.
Dear John--Changing the limit from 10 to 25 is a very gracious and generous move, my friend. Thank you. Numbers 6:24-26. Ron
Just read and caught up with this news. Sorry to say I'm new, and out of work, without a means to pay even all my expenses in life. Therefore, in the spirit and letter and your decision, I'll sign off from posting until God gives me the means to help. Thanks.