Moving on

As most of you will know by now I’ve been charging you to read my blog since the beginning of March. It’s not been without problems along the way, a learning curve but one that has made me come to a fairly big decision.

I’ve used WordPress as a host since the blog’s inception over three years ago and steadily increased by plan level as it’s success has grown in that time to the point of wanting to accept payments for what I write.

There is no issue with people playing and I’m not silly enough to think it’s a million pound maker, never been my intention and never is, but that happens then I’ve hit the jackpot.

What is more important to me is having options available for all, you the reader is what gives this blog its success and with that in mind I’m moving away from WordPress to Substack over the next couple of weeks.

The reason for moving is quite simply this. I want to be able to charge for people to read a single piece, I completely understand that not everyone is interested in everything that’s written, it’s not their club, level or any other reason and I fully respect that hence why I don’t feel everyone should pay for a monthly or yearly subscription unless they want to.

I have been offering a single piece subscription so far but the issue that comes with that is I have to then delete the sub for each person before I put the next blog up because it automatically allows them to see the one they subscribed to plus any before and any after which defeats the object. While it’s manageable to do that, those who maybe started to read and then needed to step away wouldn’t be able to view again if I added another blog and deleted their subscription.

There is another way to do it which involves putting it behind a paywall password which I then email out when someone buys a sub, the problem there is if that someone wants to read it there and then and with me being at work Monday to Friday I can’t keep stopping to send it on, so that isn’t an option.

Add the major issue to that is if I want to offer single subscriptions then WordPress require me to upgrade my current plan by £156 just for this year and then a yearly amount of over £240. Regardless of the fact I can claim the cost back against my tax return I would be doing that just to make the site able to let you view a single piece.

So SubStack will become my new home and I will keep everyone abreast of when exactly you can start reading on there and the new site address, I will be transporting the whole site across so no pieces will be lost and you’ll still be able to access everything as it was before.

There will be single piece access prices along with monthly and yearly subscription plans, for a month cost of £5 my guarantee is 8 blogs minimum which is what I do now and there will be odd one’s thrown in for free too, the yearly cost is £48 which actually works out cheaper or discounted. If there is an option for bi-monthly or quarterly I will also add those in so you can pick exactly what you want and what suits you. If you’re looking to get one of these then I suggest holding fire for a few days as that part won’t transfer across to the new site.

Thank you for reading and I hope you continue do so.

What next for me…..

Sums it up nicely, had an idea, searched out my market, found the niche, aim for the bullseye, take the next step.

After the past two years of growth on it’s now time to take it to the next level. The last 24 months have been tough for freelance writers like myself who have seen websites they wrote for disappearing during the pandemic.

I lost two such sites that were paying me for my words and when you look through a Google search many haven’t had any articles uploaded for months suggesting they too have bitten the bullet.

My aim when I started this blog around three years ago was to set up a website solely for Sussex non-league football and that hasn’t changed, I’m just a year behind where I want to be but in the meantime have built a respectable brand and a growing contact book from all levels of the game.

I also have viewings consistently from all over the world and at times it really does surprise me where these words are read and I hope they continue to be a source of information and debate for everyone in lots of different countries.

With that in mind I need to make it work moneywise and from 1st March there will be a charge to read each piece I write. Now I’m not looking to make a million from this, just enough to get away from full time work again and into making football work for me.

The cost is going to be a simple 50p for each piece, you can’t even get a cup of coffee for that these days! I appreciate people might pick and choose what they read, I can’t argue with that but then that’s my job to keep the articles entertaining and with debate.

It will ask you to subscribe to read a piece but it’s set for a one time only 50p price so you aren’t tied into monthly or yearly pricing, you read what you want when you want.

As mentioned I do have a growing contacts book which I will delve into as often as I can to get some interviews out there as well to keep it fresh and different just to keep you coming back for more and then I can hit that aim of providing what I wanted when I first set out to do so.

I’m always open to ideas of topics to write about, feel free to suggest something at any time that takes your fancy, any piece can be a winner and I hope to expand my blog network to further work which might mean I am able to run a fully free and a paid for blog side by side but that’s for the future depending upon how successful this will be.

Thank you for reading and I hope you continue to do so.


Who would be a football manager

Who would want to be a football manager? Certainly not me despite my love for the game, but there are plenty of people out there wouldn’t turn down any chance.

Watching the fall out from the Premier League to non-league in just the first few months of this season has been quite astounding for managers leaving their jobs. With covid last year affecting the game in a big way there was very little movement, mainly due I believe to clubs not being able to afford sacking the top man and paying them off along with a set of coaching staff.

Some clubs did go ahead to save their season, barring the National League non-league wasn’t really affected with the culmination of the season at the beginning of November.

This season though I’m sure some clubs aren’t prepared to wait around having lost two seasons worth of time to make progress and you can’t blame them either. I’m sure that thought has been in the minds of managers and players too since the beginning of the summer.

You can understand the frustration and the wanting or need for a new challenge and I don’t think you can blame people. It can be a short career in the game either on or off the pitch and having lost those years you’ve got to make the most of it.

Last year was definitely tough on those out of the dugout, unable in most cases to even attend games to keep themselves in the public eye the lack of jobs about meant a lot of sitting around and waiting, waiting for almost nothing to be coming along.

What is frustrating the higher up you go into the Football League it’s the same old names and faces trotted out instead of clubs investing in talent from the lower levels. Success is wanted yesterday and there is very little room to build anything at a club these days, sometimes taking a step backwards to rebuild is needed but it’s not always seen like that.

Sometimes however the change in manager and a different voice in the dressing room has the desired effect and it all looks like the right thing to do especially if the team start moving up the table.

It must be though the most unstable job in the world but also one of the very few that rewards failure. Get sacked for not doing a good job and the pay off can be very lucrative, that certainly doesn’t happen for the likes of you and me in our everyday jobs. Maybe on the other side of that though is there are so many candidates to go up against, it’s no surprise to see 100 odd apply for a vacancy in non-league especially if the club is one with a good reputation now or previously, the love of football is like a drug, it keeps you coming back for more whether you’re a manager, player or a supporter.

I know some reading this will be chomping at the bit to get back involved and some might even be looking over their shoulders in case their job is at risk, but sometimes you can think you’re doing fine in the main job and still end up on the dole, I mean who would want to be a football manager……..