On the day after the election, I very, very nearly set up another fundraiser for Scot Goes Pop to take the blog through to next year's Holyrood election, but I got cold feet - I felt like I was about to enter into a big commitment that I wasn't ready for. Fundraisers are a bit like a self-imposed prison sentence - you're effectively asking to be paid for an enormous amount of work you haven't yet done. After the second fundraiser in the autumn, I seriously wondered if I had bitten off more than I could chew - I had moments of despair over the referendum result, particularly during October, and wasn't sure if I could bear to carry on blogging about Scottish politics on an almost daily basis. As it turned out, it wasn't so difficult, but that was mainly thanks to the SNP's amazing poll numbers!
I've been toying with various compromise possibilities - maybe a fundraiser with the disclaimer that I'll be taking my foot off the accelerator until the Holyrood campaign gets underway in earnest, or a fundraiser that has a smaller target figure to take into account that my posting rate is probably going to drop somewhat, or even an unobtrusive donate button. None of them seem quite right for various reasons, although the dilemma is that if I hold off until the autumn, a fundraiser is less likely to be successful (because the number of readers will probably drop back significantly from the peak seen during the election period).
I'm going to keep an open mind and think about it some more, but in the meantime I'll repeat what I said a couple of years ago - if anyone would like to contribute posts to Scot Goes Pop, whether on a one-off or ongoing basis, you'd be very welcome. As many of you will remember, we had some fantastic guest posts in the run-up to the referendum (including the one from Alasdair Stirling which coined the now-legendary term 'Kellner Correction'), but for some reason I don't think we've had any since the autumn. I can't offer any payment, but on the plus side you'd be virtually guaranteed an audience of thousands. If you're interested, my contact details can be found at the top of the sidebar.
This might be a particularly apt moment to make the offer, because just to give you all fair warning - the Eurovision Song Contest is not far away!