As regulars will know from our several appeals for donations, finding the money and time to keep Slugger in the fashion to which it has become accustomed is a perennial issue for us at Slugger Central. Even so, it is still currently one of Ireland’s largest and most well read independent news and opinion sites. Our statistics for last months for instance stand at: 40,562 unique visitors; 114,965 visits; 1,016,190 page views; and 1,536,620 hits. Larger, we suspect, than some smaller newspapers.So far, we’ve been able to keep ahead of the curve by some hard work on the part of our bloggers and generous donations from our readership and by getting the best deal from our hosts. We’ve also defrayed costs by using standard advertising tools such as Blogads and Google ads. But we have now acquired the means to offer our own bespoke ads, available on a weekly or monthly basis to Northern Irish businesses, professional organisations, and voluntary associations who wish to promote the ongoing debate.
We are not looking to be taken over, nor to be subsumed into a larger brand. Indeed Slugger’s single strongest credential is its determination to remain independent whilst attempting to give voice to all sections of Northern Irish political and cultural societies. We’d rather not compromise those values nor would not wish you to compromise yours either. But if you think Slugger could make a good partner for you or your organisation, and you have a budget to spend on supporting what we believe is a vital public good, why not drop me line at: mick.fealty [at] gmail [dot] com.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty