Annual Pledge drive and State of the Union

A reader sends this Note: “You might want to add some directions for those who want to donate via PayPal.
When they sign onto their PayPal site and click “Send Money” .. it automatically puts them on a PURCHASE site .. if they click PERSONAL next to purchase .. they will move to another screen allowing them to choose gift, payment owed, etc..
They can then send the amount they choose.
The object of that one extra click is to avoid all PayPal fees for both sender and receiver .. it costs them nothing and you receive the full amount they send with no deduction for fees.
This only works within the USA.”

Things are happening here at headquarters.  You may have noted the arrival of our new apprentice: Rufus.  He’s still a little too new to the world of Giulietta’s to be much help, but we’re teaching him as much as we can between naps, feedings and diaper changes.

The site is getting a lot of traffic these days.  At the start of 2011, daily average visitors were about 600.  They have grown to about 1100 for this first quarter of 2012 -I guess my efforts to post daily are paying off.  It’s hard to believe, but I have written close to 700 posts since inception four years ago -with 400 of those being write-ups of cars on the market.  There are probably 18,000 pictures of Giulietta’s matched to models and vin numbers in the Flickr sets now with more added daily -for your reference pleasure.  I have noticed these pictures being linked to around the web when people are looking for parts, matching colors etc.  This makes me happy -my work is helping people out!  Total page views for the site should reach 700,000 by the end of this coming week, and may reach a million by the end of the year.

Giulietta Sprint prototype?

I recently signed up for pretty serious hosting for the site, with the aim of making some much needed changes to streamline, simplify and organize things here.  In a word -everything that I have been doing by hand in the registers will be used to create a database for easier access to the different models, vins, and cars.  My goal is for each car to have it’s own page, with pictures, history etc that the owner of the car can take ownership of and add to if they want -basically each car will have it’s own mini-blog.   I will be adding a lot of resource pages and tools to the site to help with restoration activities and parts buying and selling.  This all sounds very lofty I know, and I don’t anticipate it happening all at once, but I should have most of it built by the end of 2012.  I just need to learn more coding skills and hire some database development help.

On that note, if the site is a help to you, you enjoy it, and you would like to see it grow to its full potential, I would be very appreciative of any donations you can make to help keep the lights on as things are now, and make the described changes.  Just click on the button below or the ‘Support Giuliettas’ tab above and then the Paypal ‘Donate’ button, you don’t need a Paypal account to donate.  I’d appreciate it a lot!

Last -have a look at the form below.  Please give me some feedback! Want me to add Montreal’s, 1900’s or Alfa assembled Dauphine’s to the Market Reports?  Let me know.


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