We’re stoked to be listed as the top blog in Scotland (just ahead of Celtic Quick News) – and in the Top 50 in the UK. Earlier in the year we got listed as one of the Top Ten Political Blogs in the UK.

Thanks to all our new readers.

Vuelio tells us that they figure this out by a methodology that “takes into consideration a number of factors including social sharing, topic-related content, post frequency, social media influence, traffic, design and interactivity.”

Bella is booming with our Facebook group in the last month having 137.9k posts, comments and reactions – 2,280 of which were posts and with 13,023 active members. Our Facebook page reached 128, 614 people in one month, our Twitter account has over 50,000 followers now and our readership for the website for the month of June 2017 was over 363,000 – our largest for several years.

We say all this not to show off (well okay a bit!) – but to respond to people who say that new media doesn’t have traction, doesn’t reach new audiences or is on the wane. None of this is true. This shows that on a tiny [tiny] budget we have impact and, crucially, we have a growing readership. Reaching new audiences and engaging with a wider political group is essential.

We really need your support to develop though and we’d like to ask you to support us by donating to us here.

We’ve got big plans to launch our new site (just saw the wireframe), to launch new publishing and events projects, and to extend our platform of writers – but all of this needs your support.

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