Apologies that this post should have appeared last night. We seem to be having one of our periodic shortages of posts, and as a result things are running a bit late.
Having spent some time thinking of what to write about, it ocurred to me that the most obvious thing is to write a post begging for more help with this blog.
All the people volunteering to write posts do an excellent job keeping the show on the road, and we have just about managed a post a day for almost a year and a half, but it is a struggle at times.
In particular, a lot of people have left the Labour Party, or active involvement in the party, in the past year. For all the talk of Labour’s massively increased membership, there is precious little sign of it in terms of contributions to Labour Teachers. As the party has become more divided, there has been decreasing interest in contributing a site that remains open to all Labour supporting teachers, regardless of what wing of the party they are on. It may also be that as we require our writers to be Labour supporters rather than members, the plummeting level of support for Labour in the country is a better measure of our potential pool of contributors than the size of the party membership. On top of that a number of contributors have left teaching (although in most cases people have moved to exciting new jobs in education, rather than leaving because they have had enough).
So, I will ask again for the following:
- If you are a Labour supporting teacher, could you write for us? The details are here and we try to publish everything we get that fits the basic criteria of being roughly 700 words from a Labour supporting teacher that has not been published elsewhere.
- We have a schedule of regular contributors. Would you like to be added to it? It can be as few as one post every 2 months. It makes a huge difference if people can blog to a deadline, as our biggest problem is the huge variation in the quantity of posts. Some weeks I have enough posts for the next 5 days, some weeks I’m having to ask around every day or write my own posts just to keep things going.
- If you are a scheduled contributor and you have missed a deadline recently, can you please get something to us as soon as possible? Most of the time being a few days late makes very little difference, but some weeks we have relatively few scheduled contributors, and if everyone misses their deadline in the same week it creates an immediate emergency.
Finally, Labour Teachers is hosted on a paid for server. The current funding for this is due to run out at the end of the year. Obviously, we could move the blog to somewhere where it will be paid for by advertising. Alternatively, we could seek to raise money to keep it where it is (the advantage being that we’d keep the current URL and all the statistics). Any suggestions about what to do would be gratefully received.
Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you.