It’s that time of year again, time for the annual crowdfunder. So I’m opening it with a cute photie of the dug, because who can resist a cute dug right? Pro-independence websites can’t rely on big corporate donations like anti-independence campaigners can. The Laird of Nawbaggery isn’t about to give us a few grand. We rely entirely on individual donors putting their hands in their pockets to keep us going. We can’t rely on easy access to the traditional media either. Digital activism is the main tool that we have to allow us to get the message of independence across. I’m very proud of the fact that this wee blog, which started as a means for an isolated carer to participate in the independence referendum of 2014, has grown into one of Scotland’s most read politics sites.
This blog is a one-man operation, yet despite that it’s one of the most productive blogs in Scotland. Almost every day this blog publishes a 1000 plus word essay on a topical theme in Scottish politics, plus a shareable graphic, and a weekly podcast. It works out at over 300,000 words a year, that’s several novels’ worth. In anyone’s language that’s good value for money. Yet everything published on this blog is free to everyone, there are no paywalls, no adverts which benefit me, no subscriptions. In addition I do talks for Yes groups, SNP groups, and others all over Scotland for which I never ask for nor receive a speaker’s fee. This is the busking model of writing and publishing, and so once a year I set out the bucket in the hope of donations. It’s always an apprehensive time, asking other people to put their money where my mouth is, all the more so because you know it opens you up to the usual criticisms from the usual suspects.
As always, I am asking for £10,000 in order to provide myself with a basic wage. I do make a small amount of money from other sources, from writing in The National, the sales of Gaelic maps and books, but it’s not enough to live on. Writing this blog is a full time job. It takes up far more of my time than anything else I do.
As Brexit comes to a climax, it’s all the more important to have pro-independence voices in Scotland. The coming months are likely to be crucial in the history of Scotland. We are likely to face a General Election, which will be one of the most important in determining Scotland’s future. We could be seeing an independence referendum in the coming year. In these uncertain times, pro-independence activism is more important than ever. This blog will be here, writing, trying to uplift, to unite, to give a laugh, to give vital information, to debunk the lies and myths of our opponents. There’s naebdie mair loyal than a wee dug, and this dug is loyal to the cause.
Your support is of course immensely appreciated. All donations large and small are welcome, yet if you are unable to donate that too is fine. You will continue to enjoy full and unfettered access to all the contents of this blog.
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