Hello Family, We've been here since 1997, and have never had advertisements, other than the promotions of Family Member's endeavors. I have resisted doing this, resisted soliciting for advertisers or setting them up here, because i've wanted our community to remain pure and innocent, free from the clutter of banners and such, and maintaining complete control over every aspect of our community. When dealing with advertisers, you don't always get to choose what is presented on your site. This will make us beholden to these advertisers, to some small degree, where we owe them nothing right now. It has always been my hope that we never have to deal with this. I have the nerve, as broke as we are, as much of a struggle it is to maintain this community ... i have the nerve to want the financial support to come from a specific area ... the Sisters and Brothers that frequent here. I feel that we need to support our own, and this community is a perfect opportunity for us to begin doing that. Members aren't forced to do it, but can move toward it in their own time, being led by their heart and Spirit to give. I love this concept, but it's slow to manifest itself in a manner that can fully financially support the community. In spite of this, i'm very reluctant to give up on it, and cross that bridge to selling advertisements on this site. I feel like once we go there, we're there, and there's no coming back to this place, this peace, that we currently have ... free from advertisements or obligation to others. We'll never be the virgins that we are right now, if we do this. Our community has grown to the point that it is in a position to yield some income from advertisements. My question to you all ... because i'm so torn ... is how do you feel about this? Would it bother you to see advertisements from corporate america, or anyone outside this Family, on this site? I'm considering these things Family, but am not comfortable with just going there, so i'm asking for your advice, suggestions, and support. A special thanks to all the Premium Members that have helped to keep this community alive, without outsiders supporting us. It is a beautiful thing, even with the struggle of not having many Members doing this. The few of you have been so much encouragement to me, evidence that we can and do support our own. Thank you! If you're interested in becoming a Premium Member, to help support our own stuff ... please click here. Okay Fam ... let me know what you think. Your vote above, and comments below, will help me make a decision. Thanks. Destee . . . VOTE IN THE POLL ABOVE ~ and ~ LEAVE COMMENTS BELOW . . .