Donation drive

At the end of every second month, this site rattles offers a gentle reminder to its valued readers that it relies on their patronage to survive and prosper. Donations are gratefully received at all times, though perhaps especially during the lean periods between elections, like this one (though minor relief is on the way in the form of Queensland and Northern Territory by-elections and the Brisbane council and lord mayoral elections). They can be made by clicking on the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons that appear at the foot of each post. If you are having technical problems with the donation facilities, which have been known to crop up from time to time, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com.

Donation drive

At the end of every second month, this site rattles offers a gentle reminder to its valued readers that it relies on their patronage to survive and prosper. Donations are gratefully received at all times, though perhaps especially during the lean periods between elections, like the one we’re enduring at present (things start to perk up with Queensland and territory elections in the second half of next year). They can be made by clicking on the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons that appear at the foot of each post. If you are having technical problems with the donation facilities, which have been known to crop up from time to time, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com.

Donation drive

At the end of every second month, this site rattles the tin to gently remind its valued readers of its reliance on their patronage. Donations are gratefully received via the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons that appear at the foot of each post. If you are having technical problems with the donation facilities, which have been known to crop up from time to time, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com.

Donation drive

At the end of every second month, this site rattles the tin to gently remind its valued readers of its reliance on their patronage. If it tugs at your heart or (better yet) purse strings to know, ad revenue has fallen nearly 90% since the election – although the starting point was low enough that that’s probably not as big a deal as it sounds. In any case, donations are gratefully received via the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons that appear at the foot of each post. If you are having technical problems with the donation facilities, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com.

Donation drive

I hope you will forgive me for burying the lede on this of all days – if you’re after a shortcut to the real action, you can find my latest review of the campaign situation here, and a thread devoted to discussion of the life and legacy of Bob Hawke here.

To the matter at hand: it’s time for my bi-monthly rattling of the can for cash. I normally do this at the end of every second month, but I’ve been holding back for the last fortnight and a bit, for hopefully obvious reasons. As a quick look around the place should make clear, I have devoted fairly substantial energy to this place in recent times, assembling a federal election guide that must be running to about 100,000 words by now, along with 55 blog posts (give or take) over the 35 days of the campaign, and maintaining the BludgerTrack poll aggregate that hopefully won’t be looking too silly 48 hours from now.

In and of itself, this does not bring immediate financial reward – advertising, even at times like this, barely covers the coffee consumption required to keep the whole thing going. So, if you have found any of this stimulating and/or informative, and doing so is within your means, your donations will be gratefully received.

You can do this through the PressPatron “become a supporter” button that appears in the blue bar across the top of the page, and the buttons that appear at the foot of each blog post. If you are having technical problems with the donation facilities, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com and we can work something out. Whether you can or can’t, do or don’t, I thank you all very much for being part of the Poll Bludger experience, and hope you are able to enjoy tomorrow evening, win, lose or draw.

Donation drive

NOTE: The main discussion thread has fallen down the page a little, to here.

At the end of every second month, this site rattles the tin to gently remind its valued readers of its reliance on their patronage. Among the things you might think I have done to deserve it lately:

• Published a super large guide to the March 23 New South Wales state election, which will only get bigger between now and polling day – and will soon be surpassed by an even bigger and even better guide to a federal election that will surely be held in May. Work on this is currently at an advanced stage.

• Covered the Cheltenham and Enfield by-elections in South Australia. Yeah, I know, boring — except for the invaluable opportunity it provided to further fine tune my election results reporting system, which moved one step closer to becoming the serious election watcher’s go-to source for live results on election night. See here for Cheltenham and here for Enfield – or better yet, see the full gamut of results from the Victorian election in November.

Donations are gratefully received via the PressPatron button at the top of the page, or the “become a supporter” buttons that appear at the foot of each post. If you are having technical problems with the donation facilities, please drop me a line at pollbludger-AT-bigpond-DOT-com.