What is State of Wales?

A quarterly magazine-style blog focused on the major challenges facing Wales at present, as well as what Wales could and should become in the future.

Why was State of Wales set up?

The old site (Oggy Bloggy Ogwr) was becoming inadequate in terms of how information was presented and how effective it was in separating neutral/objective posts on Welsh politics and Bridgend, from posts outwardly supporting independence. It might’ve been confusing for readers and gave a sense I didn’t know what I wanted Oggy Bloggy Ogwr to be.

Switching to a quarterly magazine format not only gives me an opportunity to take breaks every now and again, but also have an unashamedly nationalist platform – where I don’t have to worry so much about trying to fit in independence-related posts around humdrum posts on the Senedd or elsewhere.

What specific topics will State of Wales focus on?

The primary goal of the site is to support the Welsh independence movement by providing well-researched articles going into detail on the ifs, whats, whys and hows of independence – listed at the Independence Index.

It would be boring if it was just that, so State of Wales will also include in-depth pieces on the big talking points and challenges facing Wales now, helping everyone make sense of them and trying to add a bit of depth to political discussion – so you could say the site covers the state of Wales as well as the future (Nation) State of Wales.

What do you mean by “edition”?

As mentioned, the site will be updated once every three months. The preliminary schedule is January, April, July, October (starting in July 2017). The intention is to publish a new edition on the last Monday in each of those months, with each edition having anything between 10-15 articles.

Will you publish posts outside the quarterly schedule?

Yes. Election coverage will be based here and, as you well know, elections aren’t bound to any particular timetable. If there’s a serious breaking issue that needs to be discussed and doesn’t fit in with the sister sites (the new Oggy Bloggy Ogwr and Senedd Home) those posts will be included here too. Links will be posted on social media.

How do I make sure I don’t miss an update?

Follow Oggy Bloggy Ogwr on social media (more details here), or sign up by email for the newsletter (at the bottom of the page). Newsletters will contain all the new posts in one place and will be sent out to subscribers the same day an edition is published.

Do you accept guest posts?

In principle, yes. Email me for more details (here), but remember the quarterly schedule – your post might not be published for weeks or months. I also accept (and have accepted in the past) invitations to write for other publications and sites – again, email me.