|Posted on September 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM|
Hello everyone! As you may have guessed by the title, I'm dropping by the blog to let you guys know that everything is going well and that I'm still very much maintaining Faio, even if it's not quite as often as I used to. When I started Faio, I was just a kid looking for a way to reach people and offer a useful service. While that is still very much the intention, it's fun to look back and see how much Faio has changed and grown just as I have.
I want to thank everyone that has been sending broken episode reports. Some newer users of Faio don't realize it, but since I'm the only one running Faio there is no way I could possibly be on top of every single link to make sure they're all working at all times. Without users like you taking the time to report specific broken or missing links, Faio would be a whole lot more cluttered and difficult to navigate. Although I'm not able to make changes to Faio on a daily basis as I once was, I still make it a priority to update Faio whenever I can.
Some of you asked about when to expect future giveaways and contests. Unfortunately the answer is that there aren't any planned at this time. Some may remember the “cleaning house giveaway;” the point of which was to give out all the prizes I had on-hand in order to go on indefinite prize hiatus. HOWEVER, although it's very unlikely for physical prizes to be shipped out, there's always a possibility of a Christian Book Gift Certificate giveaway, so keep an eye on this blog for random and spontaneous giveaways of that sort!
As for Faio's episode count, many long-time users are accustomed to fluctuation. Episodes often go missing, and new ones are eventually added. Sometimes Faio has only a few episodes, other times we have quite the archive to boast about. [Remember back when Faio had every single episode available for streaming? Those were the days...]
I'd like to use this opportunity to remind newer users that Faio's goal has always been to provide all legal streaming episodes whether there are a handful available or whether there are hundreds, NOT to promise every episode in existence. The reason I point this out is because I still receive a lot of complaints from highly entitled individuals that think I'm somehow in the wrong for not having their favorite episode, when in fact I have nothing to do with the episodes you see on the list. Every episode is hosted on another site [usually Whit's End] and I have no control over them. As many of you know, this is due to copyright reasons.
In other news, brand new episodes of Odyssey are coming! Head on over to page 6 of the episode list and keep an eye on album 58. You just might be able to listen to a new episode before it even airs!
Faio is rapidly closing in on it's fifth birthday, and boy has it been an amazing ride. We've had ups and downs, but together we have remained a dedicated community standing up for internet freedom and supporting an organization that is doing good around the world. Over the years and thanks to Faio's increase in use, I have been able to donate thousands of dollars to Focus, give out hundreds of dollars worth of prizes to users, and share the good news of the Bible through the joy which is Adventures in Odyssey. I would like to remind everyone to keep up the great work by continuing to report found/missing episodes and by donating directly to Focus on the Family in order to show your support for the show. Thank you everyone, and here's to many more years of Free Adventures In Odyssey!