Slugger: Help to keep him/her lit for another year..

So as the end of the year comes rapidly, and it is time to thank all you who have supported the site throughout the last year with some great conversation, ideas and, above all, your civilized engagement.

The site just about pays its way on the back of advertising revenue and the donations from its readers. Any shortfall or emergency payments are usually made up from my own earnings. And we have been fortunate enough in the past to have had generous investment from Channel 4 and NI Film.

It is our readers who have kept her both lit and fiercely independent in 2012. When everyone is losing their heads, we have tried to keep ours. And I think the last two or three weeks have proven that there is still role for some kind of open, plural space in Northern Ireland.

Whether Slugger is able to continue to provide such a space is really up to you. If you have enjoyed the service we’ve brought you in the last year (or even the last ten), then hit the donation on the side bar a consider giving as much or as little as you feel you can.

– £5 is a valued token of your considered support.

– A tenner will buy the coffee for a month…

– Fifty quid puts another coin in our expensive server slot…

– And five hundred will buy us a complete overhaul and a move to cheaper, better premises…

And any more than that will help take us well into 2013…

Your donations won’t go to paying salaries (no one who writes/draws for Slugger gets paid), but it will help us keep going. And it will help us to keep open new conversations and rattling old cages.

You can give via PayPal here

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

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