David Wilkinson is a 12-year-old tech blogger who runs Techzi on Blogspot. Blogging at such a young age has already got him featured on BBC and now influenced by WordPress like I was, David is looking to buy a server and get his own domain name (bought Techzi.net), and wants to run WordPress.
Since David 12, and his co-bloggers Caitlin 12, and Timmy 11 cannot raise enough money, he is asking for donations and has set up the Techzi Fundraiser to do this. He says that a special page on the new site will list and link the donators (in spite of how much you donate) as long as the site is run. With Blogger allowing custom domain names, he can easily switch to Techzi.net from Blogspot and keep all the Google juice. But if he needs to get WordPress, he has to import from Blogger which is easy too. (worked out fine for us at 6 months review).
Repliqa has interviewed David Wilkinson and reveals that he blogs for Profy.com as a Web 2.0 correspondent, writes for several other blogs, guest blogs for b5media and TheBlogJoint.com and has an internship at Gadgetell.com. Mark Seremet at Repliqa is helping David raise $5K to buy a server, update his blog, and replace Blogger with WordPress will match his donation for every dollar you donate. Even Problogger Rowse has praise for the little guy.
If you do not wish to buy your own dedicated server (you can always upgrade later), then it’s not too expensive to start a blog with WordPress. Get Dreamhost Webhosting for $7.95 a month (or chose pay as you use hosting or lifetime webhosting for cheaper deals), domain name at Godaddy for $8.95, and even lower with promo codes. And of course, WordPress is free!
As I write this he has already collected over $1400 with 17 contributors. There is the cool Techzi fundraiser widget which you can embed in your blog. You too can support a young ProBlogger in the making…