Newsnet Scotland has just recorded its best ever month by attracting an astonishing 120,000 unique visitors to the site.
This beats our previous best by almost 5000 and makes us, we believe, the biggest non-traditional online news site in Scotland.
Our daily readership now sits at over 11,500 and we are regularly in the top six news sites when searching Google under 'Scottish News'.
Our team has increased and we also commission articles and features from two freelance journalists - Lynn and Angela - we hope to add to the team very shortly.
Our efforts include the 'We are Scotland' series, featuring ordinary people from across Scotland giving their views on independence. We are also pleased with the positive feedback our cartoon character 'Duggy Dug' has generated – another animation is underway and we expect to release it in November.
We are currently looking into the possibility of launching a hard copy in early 2014 and are in the process of looking at the logistics involved. We have also taken on board suggestiond from readers and have made a PDF of our promo-flyers available for printing.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has visited, donated to and promoted the site since we emerged back in March 2010. We have come a long way from the days when the term 'Newsnet Scotland' was banned by the BBC.
The BBC is central to the independence debate and the revelations from former presenter Derek Bateman are further proof of an institutionalised malaise that needs addressing. Whilst Mr Bateman's view is that the corporation's woes in Scotland are in the main due to poor management and a lack of investment, we at Newsnet Scotland believe that this alone cannot fully account for some of the highly questionable political coverage.
The circumstantial evidence that something else is at work is compelling. Too many stories are suppressed, too many falsehoods lie unchallenged, too many pro-Union bodies have reports headlined and too many interviews of pro-Union politicians end with weaknesses unprobed.
Newsnet Scotland's soon to come 'The Dirty Dozen' which will highlight the twelve worst examples of BBC Scotland political reporting will, we hope, lead many more people to question the impartiality of BBC Scotland.
Newsnet Scotland will continue to publish stories that articulate the views of a great many Scots, views that are regularly ignored or marginalised by the traditional media outlets. We will also continue to scrutinise BBC Scotland political output.
Oh, and a special congratulations to Wings over Scotland after the online site also broke through the 100,000 total for unique visitors.
[Newsnet Scotland relies heavily on the generosity of its readers in order to exist. We are grateful for each and every donation and would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have placed their trust in us. We would encourage those who can to please donate in order to ensure we continue to provide an alternative news service that is now enjoyed by over 100,000 people each and every month.]