IrishCycle.com is in the middle of our funding drive to become a reader-funded journalism website — monthly subscriptions will give our journalism a dependable base of support.
As mentioned before, there’s a relatively short timeframe to get this working or to move on to do something else.
From the Dublin Inquirer to The Guardian to a range of podcasts, there’s loads of examples of the reader funding model working to support journalism. We just need enough of you readers to believe!
IrishCycle.com has an average of around 15,000 readers per month. After a week of our funding drive, 133 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers, giving an average of around €7.50 each.
That’s 0.88% of readers who have become subscribers. At the current average, IrishCycle.com needs around 2-3% of readers to keep going.
If you can, please subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers
It will help:
- Keep IrishCycle.com free and open to all to have the widest react and impact.
- Enable IrishCycle.com’s journalism to cover cycling, and related issues.
- Promote best practices in infrastructure and cover when things go wrong.
- Allow for the time needed to produce a mix of in-depth and shorter news and comment articles. For example, talk to more people, ask more questions, submit FOI requests etc.
- Aim to source guest articles from a broad range of voices.
- Fund a freelance budget and, hopefully, eventually a second member of staff.
- Seek to balance of coverage, ie more coverage outside of Dublin and about different issues.
Thank you very much to all subscribers so-far and to those who are planning to subscribe!
September subscription drive update: IrishCycle.com has reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October), but this is unlikely and so the new target is the end of the year.
If you can help push IrishCycle.com above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!
Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.
IrishCycle.com is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.
There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for IrishCycle.com, it just needs enough people like you to believe!
Monthly subscriptions will give IrishCycle.com's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year IrishCycle.com had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.
I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.
The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!
But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via ko-fi.com/irishcycle/tiers