My apologies for yesterdays quick Rant - and to the moderaters who were ready and willing to start deleting! LOL don't blame you - but knowing you all I know you gave me the benefit to fix my nasties!
OK - so here it is (if I believe everything I hear)
KIVASHOPPINGCLUB.com, KIVASHOPPINGCLUB.org, and KIVAClub.com or org was owned by me - our group of KF's would use the KIVASHOPPINGCLUB.com "EMAIL" service mostly from me owning these domains. The website in the beginning was a pretty much simple marketing tool that I failed to keep up and really keep going.
The real loss here was the email system that worked in the background where the people I chose to administer the KSC accounts would communicate in regards to new loans to fund.
The domain was expired for 2 days (my fault - I chose to have a medical procedure done instead) and then it was scooped up by some company (what I'm told) that buys recently released domains for one year in the hopes the owner will pay a $70 service to find out who they are and then offer to buy the domain back at a premium - and you have to put your low and high bid in .... if they don't accept it - you have to do it again - ... bunch of hoopla and the bad side of my brain still thinks "Godaddy" my hosting company and the domain registrant? is the new owner. Regardless ----- I don't want it back enough to go through additional expense which the club does not have, nor do I want to reward a company that does this type of stuff. I totally understand and appreciate their creativeness to do this and make money on it, but I don't have to reward them!
I'm not sure what would have happened if I had not been able to change the emails on the account yesterday prior to what I believe was a shutdown of the email system - I tried to email the admins last evening and got an email error returned. I think I still could have gotten my accounts back- but have not put much more thought into the safety of them - i think all was OK - just a panic response to a fear at the time.
Because of the low income each month into KSC these days and the tremendous work involved in keeping the accounts active and working..... and when I say TREMONDOUS some admins will agree others might say 'no problem' however - I know it's hard work - and WE ALL - those of us on the side really owe them a huge APPLAUSE!!! and pat on the back for doing such a fantastic job over the past two years.
As for the future of KSC - I'm calm now, I'm not so bothered about the loss of the domain (as much - since I don't believe an individual took it ), and I'm going to take some time to figure out what to do with the KSC funds and Accounts.Statistics for KIVAShoppingClub c/o Henry Pittman
Listed Since: Sunday, July 01, 2007
4 plus years from people doing ordinary shopping we have managed to some good things and with the help of everyone keep the money fairly safe and revolving inside of KIVA.
Those of you who know me on facebook have a little insight into some health crap I have going on now - and it's a priority one in my life. Nothing life threatening - unless I let the pain take over and my mind wonders that direction - but I'm stronger than that and have the support of the best man in the world (Doug) with me along with my Mother. KSC is going to take a back burner until there are some answers to my medical issues and hopefully some fixes. If any of you actually know a 'Dr. House' I'd be interested in his phone number!!!! 8 different doctors so far - and very very few 'good drugs'
I end this with the suggestion that anyone who is still contributing to KSC through IGive - log into your account and look for a local charity in your area and start allowing the money your able to raise to start benefiting them. There is also a P2P igive I think? Maybe even some type of KIVA account on there.
Soon - when I'm up to it, (will not happen in a few weeks) I'll get back in touch here and give some updates.
Please - because my personality makes me feel I have to respond - don't go sending me ideas and suggestions - I just don't need them now - I'd be happy to entertain some thought out ideas that you guys come up with via messages, post here etc - and send to me after they are thought through. (meaning - don't send me something next week!) One last shout out to Kerry, Jane, Queen (and anyone I overlooked) for management and to everyone who picked loans at what an amazing job you have done! and to those who contributed!!
HenryEDIT: oh my ... and to JOE for whom without him - none of us might ever have met!!!!