Originally Posted by LittleFlower
Hopefully I get some donations soon.
I am not saying the following to be mean or discouraging, but to maybe let you see what things appear like to an objective viewer thinking of donating to your cause.
Your website is very nicely laid out and very professional. Seriously, I work in the industry, and the website is very good. I have gripes with many practices seen on many professional websites. None with yours. Pages not too cluttered, color, but not too busy, good organization, professional writing, no distracting moving graphics, cohesive theme, no music
(I HATE sites with music
...I got my own stereo, thank you very much), and I could go on and on...
Only problem is, there's no content. Maybe I missed a link somewhere? I hope so. If I did, please point it out to me.
Where does it say WHAT you are promoting? OK, "simple" lifestyle". But no details. What are some of the things we can do for a simple lifestyle? The closest thing I saw was some hints in the quiz.
A "Resources" tab that is empty is not a good sign. If you have really been working on this, surely you have some resources you have used you could share. Websites, books
... I have NOT been researching a simple lifestyle, but when researching wind
generators I ran into MANY websites on living off the grid.
. You list some types of events
, but no hint as to what you might present. No list of any previous events. Have you actually done any? Even just some topics might be nice.
The poem (1), story(1), quote(1) are from a 13 year old and two 14 year olds. It's great to hear from kids
, and what they contributed is by far the best stuff on the site. But only 3 contributions, all from kids
, doesn't make me think this is a serious enterprise. It just appears that you got a good reaction from 3 impressionable teenagers. A cynic might wonder if they are relatives or maybe you just made them up. (Don't get mad, I'm only saying some cynical people reading your site might think that.)
It's a nice idea and I enjoyed the poem and story. But after reading your entire website, I still have no idea what it is you are promoting and no idea what you plan to present at any events. The site gives the impression that all you've done so far is move onto a sailboat and forgo having a motor
on your dinghy
(and that's in your blog, not the website [a blog, I might add, that started just 10 days ago]). Just moving onto a sailboat in itself means nothing. Many people do that for many reasons.
You may have some really great ideas and have a great vision. You may have done a lot of reading and really be in touch with what you are promoting. But there's no evidence of that on your website.
An idea by itself is where you have to start. But simply posting
an idea on the internet
will seldom get you any donations. People need to see that you have invested your time in an idea and have accomplished something. They need some evidence that you have what it takes to actually get some results. 10 days of blogging and a mostly empty website does not accomplish this.
There are scads of people asking for donations. We've had people in here wanting donations so they could sail around the world and write about it. Cool idea, but they didn't have a history
of writing or a history
of accomplishing anything. They just sounded like someone that wanted a free trip.
I really do wish you the best. I think we should all be working towards a simple lifestyle. Hopefully you won't take offense at my comments, but use them constructively.