It’s now 13 years since I started as an Admin/Editor at Gwladrugby.com. What a lot has happened in Welsh rugby since the start of the millennium. Gwladrugby was a pioneering site in many ways. A blog before the word was invented. Social media before Twitter or Facebook came along.
The site doesn’t make a penny of profit. Aside from a couple of failed attempts at advertising, we’ve never been able to make any money out of the site. However the Gwladrugby charity fundraising rugby matches, now a regular fixture in the calendar, have made an impressive amount of money for charity and have contributed to the upkeep and maintenance of the website itself.
@gwladrugby now has over 6000 followers on Twitter, and the numbers are growing at a rate of dozens a week. This is amazing when you consider it’s all done in my spare time with just a smartphone and a list of rugby news feeds.
So what’s this New Year’s Resolution all about then?
This year I’m going to be running the London Marathon in aid of Whizz-Kidz, a charity which does amazing work for disabled children and their families and carers. I’ve pledged to raise £2000 for this great cause. And you, dear readers, can help me. You can make a donation over on my Justgiving.com page, or even easier, just send a text message containing “GWLD77 £1” to 70070 to donate £1 to my target. I know this time of year can be difficult financially, what with Six Nations trips and detox products to be paid for. But if each of you lovely 6000+ followers gave just £1 each, that would smash through the target straight away.
If you want something in return for your donation, I can promise some exclusive Gwladrugby.com merchandise, which will soon be available to buy on the interwebs. Stay tuned for more details of that.
In the meantime, please donate whatever you can, if you like, and tell your friends on Twitter, Facebook and in the real world about my New Year’s Resolution.