Arseblog News turns 9 today. We usually get the date wrong, so it’s a novelty to celebrate on our actual birthday.
Usually, at this time of year, we’d be reflecting on the successes/failures of a recently-ended campaign and wading through the usual silly-season transfer rumours.
Obviously, things are a bit different this summer. The world we knew when Arsenal last scored a goal feels like a distant memory and while we’re edging closer to a semblance of normality, the challenges presented by 2020’s events are likely to have long-standing ramifications for the game we love and it’s associated parts.
It’s hard to say whether this site would have survived or not had coronavirus hit when it was in its infancy. We love covering Arsenal and most, if not all of us, would continue doing what we do for free. Getting paid to write stuff we’d have read elsewhere has always felt like a bonus.
That said, it’s hard to grow if you don’t have any income. Revamping the apps, upgrading servers, bringing in new writers…these things all come at a cost.
Had we relied on the original model – cash generated via advertising revenue alone – the last couple of months would have been a bit tricky.
There’s no denying it, with very little happening in the last eight weeks, there’s been a significant downturn in our output on Arseblog News.
Thankfully, due to your support on Patreon, we’ve been in a strong enough position to maintain our editorial standards. At no point have we had to go chasing click-bait hits and it’s a huge relief.
Patreon has been a bit of a game-changer, so if you’ve signed up, we really owe you a big high-five.
Patreon member or not, we’re also incredibly thankful that you’re all so eager to engage with our work. The comment section on Arseblog News is one of the funniest places on the internet and that it (pretty much) polices itself, is a massive bonus.
It wouldn’t be a birthday post without our annual ‘State of the Arse’ address, so here we go…
12,450 published posts on Arseblog News
104,489 followers of the @arseblognews Twitter account
6,835 posts by @arseblog
5,290 posts by @AAllenSport
619 posts by Academy aficionado @JeorgeBird
427 posts by Arsenal Women expert @Stillberto
65 posts by stats guru @oh_that_crab
381 posts by master baker @7amkickoff
40 posts by super sub @chatwithhat
We’ve also had recent guest posts from Edward, Hugo, Will, Edward, Tom & Graham Dougan.
I’m not entirely sure where nine years have gone, but it’s nice to be celebrating the occasion knowing that football can’t ruin the day. On my actual 9th birthday, Arsenal lost 2-1 to Wrexham in the FA Cup 3rd Round.
From the entire team, thank you again for your support and we look forward to ramping things up again as Mikel Arteta’s boys return to action in the next couple of weeks. ?