Doing this is hard work. Very hard work. I don’t get paid. I’m not eligible for grants. The subject matter is often challenging and difficult to present in a way that people can understand.
I have to sift through over-lengthy speeches and some of the most mind-numbing grey literature you can think of to get down to the facts.
Think back to school or university when you had to do essays and/or a dissertation. Now imagine having to do 10-15 a fortnight and two dissertations a year. That’s the workload…..and there are no guarantees people will read it.
A series of posts (like the ones on currency) takes about 6 months on-off work, going through academic reports and government papers, having umpteen spreadsheets open at once and constantly drafting and re-drafting to get it as close to correct as I can without overburdening you with unnecessary information.
It takes a certain level of commitment which clashes with other commitments and leaves me out of pocket in both time and money.
Why keep doing it then?
This stuff – whether it’s read by 10 people or 10,000 people – is important. It actually matters (whether you realise it or not) and doesn’t get the coverage it deserves due to the lack of a strong and distinct Welsh media.
Having done it for so long though, it’s come to the point where I don’t want to be out of pocket anymore. It’ll be down to you whether this lasts another 5+ years, or I call time in a matter of months.
How much does it cost to do this?
At a bare minimum – electricity, broadband, hosting costs, computer upgrades/issues and other one-off costs etc. – it’s about £350. That’s roughly how much it directly costs to do this each year.
The main indirect cost is labour. I estimate I spend a minimum (that’s bare minimum) of 12 hours a week doing this for about 48 weeks a year. At living wage levels (£8.45), the labour cost rounds up to around £4,900 a year.
There are, however, many things I want to do which require investment. This includes advertising, the possibility of running polls, buying professional versions of products/add-ons for the site where I currently use free versions etc. Whether I do any of that depends on how much you’re willing to donate. Call that an additional £500 a year.
Yes, ridiculous isn’t it?
You all know I’m a realist; I’m not expecting to get anywhere near that figure every year so don’t worry too much about it.
Having said that, if every regular (once a week) reader of the old Oggy Bloggy Ogwr and these sites donated, for argument’s sake, £20 a year each I’d comfortably reach five figures.
Realistically, I can only count on less than 5% of regular/hardcore readers donating whilst getting nothing from passing visitors.
So as long as I hit that £350-a-year figure in order to not be directly out of pocket, it’ll be enough of a signal for me to keep going for another year at least. That applies to all three sites.
I don’t think I’m being greedy and I’m probably under-selling myself. Whether you think it’s worth it or not, or think someone else is going to do a better job if I stop, is down to you and your wallets.
I’m not going to give a running total of how much I raise because it would give the game away (some people have already generously donated, I’d like to add). What I will say is the “donation year” will run to 30th September 2018 (and each subsequent year) after which the counter goes back to zero.
How can I donate?
At the moment it can only be done via PayPal; click the link below.
You can donate via PayPal using a debit or credit card even if you don’t have a PayPal account (though it’s probably easier if you do).
As of February 2018 you can also set up a regular monthly donation via Patreon. For info on how to do that click the link below.