A million, billion, zillion thanks to the 171 people who have donated so far to the second Scot Goes Pop fundraiser, which today passed its target figure of £5000. That means Indiegogo will deduct a much smaller administration fee (I believe it will now be 4% of the total rather than 9%). I never know what to say at moments like this, other than that I'm completely overwhelmed, and that I'll do my very best not to let you down. Barring unexpected calamities, I'll stick to the plan of keeping the blog going until the UK general election next spring. I'll probably continue to focus mostly on opinion polls, because I suspect Scottish voting intentions for the general election will be a neglected subject elsewhere.
The fundraiser will continue as planned until November the 18th - in any case the closing date is decided in advance and can't be changed. I'll make sure any further money raised is put to good use. There are three basic options...
1) I could use the extra money to keep the blog going beyond the general election (ie. without having to attempt a third fundraiser at that point, which I suspect would be much less likely to succeed),
2) I could do what I did the last time and set aside some of the funds for online advertising. That would have two aims - a) to draw new readers to the blog, and b) to generally spread a pro-independence/pro-Devo Max/pro-SNP message.
3) I could commission an exclusive opinion poll. I think it's pretty unlikely that we'll get to the point where that would be feasible, though, and even if we do, I'm not sure it would be the wisest use of the funds - it might make a big splash if we play our cards right, but it would be very much a one-off event that would be over very quickly.
I'll keep an open mind, but I have a feeling option 2 will probably be the best one.
Lastly, commiserations to our friendly neighbourhood trolls who tried and failed to sabotage the fundraiser from the outset by posing unconvincingly as 'concerned Yes supporters'. Please don't take this outcome as being any kind of reflection on your characteristically stirring efforts!