NaNoWriMo 2010: Looking Forward

Dear Wrimos,

What a month! With so much to reflect on and process (and so, so many naps to take), it's hard to look ahead at this moment. But it's also necessary.

As you likely noticed, we had a seriously slow site in the beginning of November. After some analysis (ahem…Sandwichgate), we discovered that it was not for lack of servers—we are using 23! Instead, we learned that our site's framework just can't support the kind of traffic that NaNoWriMo brings. Adding more servers won't help—a complete overhaul of the website's innards is the only option.

Rebuilding the sites on a different platform will be expensive and time-consuming. We want to start on it in early spring, and we need your help to make that happen! If you felt like NaNoWriMo was beneficial to you and you would like to see it come back better than ever next year, please take a moment to contribute.

Every year, we face the challenge of covering the costs of NaNoWriMo and the YWP, and also raising enough money to begin work on the following year's event. This year 5.3% of our participants have answered our call to donate. We're getting SO close to tipping past our break-even point for the year (thank you, donors!), but to fund a new site infrastructure and dozens of other off-season improvements, we need your help.
If you believe in NaNoWriMo and the Young Writers Program, please donate  today.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this event outrageously fun, wordy, and wonderful. And thank you to the many Wrimos who've already donated! NaNoWriMo exists because of you.
Stay tuned for a wrap-up email next week!
Warmest regards,
Lindsey Grant
Program Director
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