What does this mean for TheOneRing.netª? You will notice just a few physical changes to the site. We will now carry the IGN logo with its link to their larger world of entertainment-related sites. There will be a wider variety of ad banners, on our main site that will open your eyes to many new science-fiction and fantasy related sites. What about the small business ads? Well, we will still be carrying very low cost or free ads for Tolkien-related small businesses in our sister sites like Gaming Havens, Green Books, Fan.TheOneRing.netª, etc. Last but not least, don’t worry! We won’t be changing our web URL or anything drastic like that. TheOneRing.netª will still be hosting on our server and will still be run by the same group of 20+ volunteers.
With our partnership with IGN, TheOneRing.netª realizes it is likely that expenses will be more than covered. We don’t intend that personal profit will now become our main objective, and we have investigated a number of charitable causes which we will support. TheOneRing.netª is proud to announce that we are in talks to become co-sponsors of an online environmental education program for schools which is run by the Worldwide Fund for Nature. We also will be supporting an educational program in NZ called Books in Homes, a scheme which is doing a great deal to ensure that coming generations will continue to read and feel as comfortable with books as we are; it is our hope that many children will discover the magic of some of the books we have loved and learned from.
We are VERY excited for this opportunity to support these various charities. More information on these charities and more will become available as plans are finalized. We would like to thank IGN helping us to be able to help others.