What gap in the market does Oggy Bloggy Ogwr fill?
The Glamorgan Gazette and alike are doing a stand-up job in the difficult circumstances currently facing the Welsh print press, with declining sales and fewer jobs for reporters.
Oggy Bloggy Ogwr attempts to fill a gap by reporting on news from Bridgend Council as and when it happens.
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 Oggy Bloggy Ogwr reach?
The highest estimates put it at anything between 9,000-12,000 unique visitors a month and as many as 60,000 monthly page views. The lowest estimates are between 7,000-10,000 unique visitors a month. It varies heavily from month to month and post to post, with visitors spending up to a minute per visit on the site.
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?
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. State of Wales may only be updated with a few posts a year.
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?
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.
The site’s Donations Policy is available here, READ IT CAREFULLY.