November 1st 2014. Here we are with the new site!
UPDATE – November 12th – thanks to readers for many helpful comments and suggestions about the new site. We’ve used every single suggestion made. Keep ’em coming.
Hello to WordPress, where we hope things will run better than they did on Google, in fact our own website presented in a WordPress format. We should be able to keep out the wreckers more easily on here, and adapt the site as time goes by to enable progress. On blogger we were getting around 500,000 page downloads a month, which was fine, but many readers complained they couldn’t comment, page down, access posts and sometimes the site. Let’s see if this works any better. It should do so, and is doing so far.
The material posted comes in from different authors each day, some known previously, others not.
The readers are the writers are the blog. The Tap is open house, just as it was before.
I learn new things on here every day and that’s why I’m still active more than eight years on since The Tap started. The blog brings in the information needed to achieve a more informed world view, suited to living, working, and surviving in this period of time. The structures of power we once believed in are being exposed to be very different to anything we previously imagined. Once you know more, you can act more. Knowledge is power, and knowledge starts here.
We’ve added a Donate key, under ‘Support’ The Tap. The new WordPress environment has involved hiring an agency to do the work. We will have an ongoing relationship with occasional bills to be paid from hereon. The agency is run by a reader of The Tap, and I know he’s kept his charges to as reasonable level as he can. We would like to do a lot more in the way of campaigning and supporting causes, posters, leaflets, attending conferences, travelling around, influencing the course of events in the real world, as well as the virtual, making both more dynamic. Such things cost money. If you want to support growing activity financially, please send £20, or more, or less – from time to time. It will boost up the activity level, and raise our morale to challenge the system more often and more powerfully.
Nothing will be wasted, and all donated funds will go direct to the blog, its maintenance and its causes. This month so far we’ve paid out a little over £600 for internet services, and received a kind donation from someone for £20.
There is and will be no party political allegiance, although we will try to influence outcomes where we can, and politics and politicians will inevitably be a part of that process. If for example we could fund people to stand as independents, and get away from the party/media control system, that might be something else we could do. I might even stand as a candidate myself in Shropshire North against owen Paterson. Without money coming in, we’ll have to stick to the copy and paste keys, and pull in ideas and inspiration from around the world, playing more of an observer role than participant.
If you see anything not working, or have any ideas/requests about future layout, infrastructure, let us know. The site went live four hours ago, and so far seems to be functioning well. (After a week, numbers of page downloads is already higher than it was on google, and it’s still rising most days as people find us, two and a half thousand visitors so far today (5 p.m.) with the evening yet to come. Well done, Mike. Nice job!
UPDATE December 4th 2014 – Thank you very much to the first few donors to The Tap Blog. It really gives my morale a boost to have your help. The bills are coming in, and it’s great to have some help from the readers to meet some of the cost.
£1040 out so far, as at January 11th 2015.
And £95 in (3 donations as at 27th December 2014). It’s exciting to have such help and it keeps me going. Keep ’em coming. Thanks, readers.