A note to all LibertyGibbert’s readers…
Sorry to distract you briefly from your regular topics, but I need to share this with you all.
Over the last two months, I have found that LibertyGibbert, which began life as a labour of love, has started to consume more and more of my time. It’s happened, as fate would have it, during a period of leave from my day job, which I took in order to focus on my family following the birth of my daughter in June.
In a few weeks I’m due to return to work, and I realise now that as things stand, I won’t be able to devote as much time to LibertyGibbert as I have been up till now. As a private consultant, I’m often on the road, and either on the phone or buried in a computer when I’m not; and those times when I’m off work belong to my wife and children. For me to even try to do otherwise, would be to take my own life’s priorities exactly upside down. In the words of the seer, “something’s gotta give”.
That’s why, from today, I’ve included a Donate facility, accessible from the menu at the top of the page. I’ve discussed it with Mrs Oz, and we have agreed to give it a trial period up to the end of the year. If it’s financially justified, I will maintain LibertyGibbert in its present form, and even expand its scope to make “Ozboy’s Bar and Grill” bigger, more exciting and one of the best places to be on the internet. If it isn’t justified, LibertyGibbert will then become a hobby only for me, and I won’t spend any more time on a hobby than any good family man should.
I’m also aware that some time ago in these pages, I had a bit of a dig at the UK Telegraph’s James Delingpole for including a Donate button on his own website. Like me, James is doing the difficult balancing act between the demands of work and raising a young family. So all I can say to you James is, I understand a little better now just how difficult that balancing act can be, and I take back the jibe and unreservedly apologize.
The Donate facility is a PayPal thingy, and accepts Visa, MasterCard and a few others. If you’d like to support LibertyGibbert and don’t have one of these, contact me and I’ll give you some alternatives. There are some practical hurdles involved in keeping my name out of the public domain, but I’m sure we can work them out.
Once again, sorry to interrupt the usual fun, but I’m sure you understand.