UPDATEThe GOOD thing is that because of all of you readers and contributors, we raised $3,000;   That struck out sentence is now wrong – it is now $4,000; a thousand dollars came in overnight!!!!  I can’t tell or express myself well enough to tell you how grateful this ordinary schlub from central NH is for all of you.


You will be seeing that image quite a bit, perhaps, in the near future – a new website is coming as I’ve just “pulled the trigger”. Why?

We are getting exploited by known hacks in the older version of WP (at least, that’s what I’m being told) that we are on. Our hosting company has looked and scanned things over and we did even a did database RESTORES in trying to move backwards to get rid of the malware.  Unfortunately, nothing we’ve tried has worked.  Add to that, I don’t have the skills to crawl over our WordPress CMS (Content Management System that drives GraniteGrok) to hunt down and kill the crap that need killing (I could have when I built GraniteGrok 1.0 on Moveable Type but that’s long gone now).  The base problem is that we need a rebuild of the site to get it up to rev again.

The GOOD thing is that because of all of you readers and contributors, we raised $3,000; I am humbled by the responses and generosity of you all in that you all thought we were worthy of your hard earned cash and your open hearts.  That amount was reached in a relatively short time to boot!  That’s enough to start the redo that our designer, Perception Studios, says that is necessary to come up to the current rev.  That would give us access to a more stable platform and better tools as readers and ours as writers. It is also better hardened against these kinds of attacks.

So I pulled the trigger to start the process. To be honest, I’m still unemployed otherwise this would have been done a while ago; however, $2K is still needed to reach the necessary $5K.   That’s it in a nutshell – hard place and rock. That said, I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the ‘Grok go down over this even if it means ramen noodles for a while.

I apologize for any inconveniences you folks have had to endure (the redirects et al) during this time – I ask for a bit more indulgence as we try to get this better and get it right.  My pledge to you is that I will see this working right again.

by Skip

Co-founder of GraniteGrok, my concern is around Individual Liberty and Freedom (and how Government is taking that away from us). My fight, from a Conservative (with small “L” libertarian leanings) and evangelical Christian perspective, is with the Progressives that are forcing a collectivized and secular humanistic future upon us. As TEA Party activist, citizen journalist (and pundit!), my goal is to use the New Media to advance the radical notions of America’s Founders back into our culture again.