Thursday, June 28, 2018

Update from Susan June 28, 2018

Hello GSoW fans and detractors. Update from Susan
June 28, 2018

You might have been wondering what happened to GSoW as we rarely post updates here on Blogger. Well here is what happened. This site has become problematic to manage as the traffic shows that nearly all the hits are coming from spam sites. More than half the comments are also spam. I didn't want to turn off commenting completely in case someone really wanted to comment, but it's just frustrating.

So here is what is going on. We received the JREF award for 2017 and with that donation we have set ourselves up as a non-profit. To become a non-profit we had to have a Board, with by-laws and all kinds of fees and insurance and bank accounts, and investments and PO box and all kinds of things I would never have imagined. Thankfully we had a non-profit attorney deal with the majority of the nightmare paperwork pro bono. If we had been a church in the USA we would have had far less paperwork.

Our Board is working on filling out the rest of the paperwork, filing it and paying the fees. We will be a fully functioning non-profit by the end of 2018. We have our tax-ID # and do take donations.

We have also changed our name to About Time and have opened up a website (not dealing with Blogger anymore) which shows all the organizations that fall under About Time. One of which is the GSoW project. Check us out to see all the things we are working on.

If you want to become involved in science activism, please reach out to us, we may be able to help or at least associate with your work. And we are always looking for more people to join not only GSoW but some of the other things we have in the works.

We are mainly using the money to allow us to travel and speak at conferences, as well as at smaller groups. We hope to in the future offer conference scholarships and we still are working on various stings and other projects that require funding.

We will rarely update this Blogger account.

At the moment though GSoW has over 130 people from all over the world working to rewrite stubs, and create new Wikipedia pages mainly focused on science, scientific skepticism and the paranormal. We also add thousands of edits in tiny and large ways to Wikipedia.

We have just added our 654th Wikipedia page. We only count pages that we created completely (no stubs allowed) or pages where we turned a stub into a fully written Wikipedia page.

Those 654 pages are mostly English, but over 100 are non-English pages. We keep track of the pageviews for those 654 pages and just hit 28 million views. That's a lot of educating going on.

So please find our tour schedule and all kinds of information on our About Time website (if you want me to come speak to your group, just let me know. I often will go to a bigger conference and then stay a few days and hit the smaller groups within a 5 hour drive, this really keeps the expenses down)

We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

We haven't gone away, we are growing, grow with us!