I really have to say a big “thank you” to all of those many readers of this blog who have helped it along, and for all of the many ways you’ve supported my efforts to get some provocative and hopefully entertaining articles out there on an almost daily basis. The support I’ve received has actually been phenomenal- in line with the hits on the blog (which will shortly pass the one million mark.)
In the first place, people have actually troubled to read the pieces I’ve written – I can now usually rely on at least 500 reads of any article, and more often the views run into thousands. I’m grateful too for the respondents – those who take the time and trouble to write replies to the articles and indeed to reply to other respondents; this has frequently resulted in some rewarding debate, which makes the blog feel like a livelier place. I can’t say how much I appreciate the kind comments that I get as well – at least they offset the other sort! But it’s impossible to describe just what it means to me when I read positive and constructive feedback – suffice to say that, as much as anything else, this keeps me going. There are also those who have been kind enough to share articles via Twitter or Facebook etc – and sometimes even by re-blogging them. That all helps immensely to build a regular readership – which, I’m happy to say, we’re well on the way to having.
Last, but clearly not least, my grateful thanks to all who have contributed financially to Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything – this has made possible much faster progress on the Leeds United book I’m working on – I’m even getting some way towards deciding upon a title! There have been big contributions and smaller ones, but each is equally valued and appreciated. It really is the thought that counts where this form of support is concerned, as much as any other.
Some people have indicated that they would like to contribute, but have found that the site’s PayPal button is not working for them. I’ve no idea why that might be, I’m afraid – but if it’s been a problem for anyone who does wish to donate – and if you’re set up to pay by PayPal – then simply use the email RobofLeeds07@aol.com – and all should work properly. I will, as I’ve previously made clear, be distributing free copies of the book when it comes out, to all donors who have contributed £10.00 or more. Sadly, there has to be this minimum level, otherwise the entire print run would be gone before I sold one book!
Thanks again – huge thanks – for everything. Please keep reading, commenting, arguing and sharing. It’s what makes the blogging world go ’round.