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. It takes a certain level of commitment which clashes with other commitments and leaves me out of pocket in both time and money.
What gap in the market does State of Wales fill?
It’s not “filling a gap” as such, but it starts discussions on how independence would affect Wales and the sort of options available to the Wales through independence – the sort of conversations few people are willing to start. The Independence Index contains some of the most comprehensive pieces on Welsh independence done to date.
You can’t be doing all of this work by yourself, it’s impossible! Who’s helping you?
I’m afraid it’s true. It’s all my own work. Every single word. There are things I would rather be doing but can’t anymore because this has changed from being a hobby to an unpaid part-time job.
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.
Are donations your only source of income?
If it was, I’d starve! My biggest sacrifice is time. The donations are, in the main, to ensure I’m not personally out of pocket for doing this and to compensate for my time. Anything extra is a bonus, but donations are recorded as a contribution towards self-employment income.
Do donations actually help?
Yes! It covers hosting costs and contributes towards a whole range of direct and indirect expenses. I’ve used some of the money to advertise the site and individual posts on Facebook and it’s increased the audience and reach five-fold in the space of a few months.
How many people does State of Wales reach?
Because the site is only updated four times a year – and individual posts are rarely shared on social media – it’s obviously going to be lower than either Senedd Home or Oggy Bloggy Ogwr.
The highest estimates put it at between 3,000 and 4,000 unique visitors a month and around 15,000-20,000 page views (during months when the site’s updated) with a trajectory towards 700,000 hits for 2018.
What level of donations are you expecting?
Anything between £2 and month and £5 a month would be more than reasonable. I’d prefer to have lots of people donating a small amount instead of becoming reliant on a few big donors and benefactors.
The target for 2018-19 is to raise £50 a month (£600 in total) until 30th September 2019. If everyone who visits the sites at least once a week donated £2-3 a month, I won’t only smash that target but I’ll probably get close to a part-time wage.
What happens if you can’t meet your donation targets?
State of Wales may only be updated with a few posts a year.
Oggy Bloggy Ogwr is likely to continue regardless because it has the largest audience. Senedd Home takes the most work week-to-week and will probably be where I cut back – for example, switching to monthly updates instead of weekly.
What happens if you can’t keep blogging?
If – for whatever reason – I’m unable to continue or have to take an extended leave of absence you’ll be told in good time so you can cancel any donations yourselves.
I can’t donate but still want to support you. How can I do this?
Make sure people can read the posts. Share the posts, don’t just like them. Subscribe by e-mail and get others to subscribe and generally just spread the word – that’s just as important as money.
How can I donate?
To donate 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.
The site’s Donations Policy is available here, READ IT CAREFULLY.