FULL TIME KOPTALK.TV & DKB.TV!
I'm the founder and editor of the Liverpool FC fans' website KopTalk ®, one of the most successful (and controversial!) fans' websites in the world. I also run a popular YouTube channel for Liverpool fans called KopTalk.TV .
I provide free content to tens of thousands of subscribers on YouTube, hundreds of thousands of followers across social media and have updated millions of people all around the globe that have visited my KopTalk website over the last 2 decades.
KopTalk has been a full-time job for me since the late 1990s. I have never received a set wage (although I have obviously benefited along the way) and I receive no financial backing from any partners as I have none, through choice. I have resisted offers of 'selling out' thanks to optional paid-for memberships and subscriptions to my additional content from those who support me. This means I am truly 100% independent!
Although I don't understand why people ask for me to churn out even more videos (I do really, I just wanted to play it down!), I do what I can in the limited time I have available to make them happy. I really enjoy making the videos and keeping people entertained in a light-hearted, informal manner. It's not just Liverpool fans that enjoy my videos either! Supporters of various clubs including the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham love my videos too! The continually push me to make more and more content. I am happy to do this but I can't commit the time and justify the investment without support from those who enjoy my work. I could cut back on written articles for non-members and use that time to create videos instead if I went full time. Meet me half way and I'll step up!
The people who follow my video content at KopTalk.TV (and DKB.TV where my extra video content can be found) have backed my suggestion of going full-time with the videos. This would mean producing multiple videos on weekdays, instead of a video here and there when time currently allows. I would aim to produce a video for every major news topic surrounding Liverpool Football Club instead of publishing a text article which is what I have done for the last couple of decades. Instead of churning out a dozen videos a month, I see no reason why I couldn't churn out a dozen videos a day when it's busy.
I currently work from two offices. One is for my video and audio productions, the other is for writing. They are at the same address but on different floors. Several years ago I ran a successful Crowdfunder to raise money for a new iMac for video production because at the time my existing iMac was old and failing (a bit like me!). The Crowdfunded iMac is what I use today for my video production. The old iMac is used in my other office but it is no good for video production. It overheats and crashes. It is only suitable for basic computer jobs such as browsing and editing documents although even then, it often becomes non-responsive. I invested £500 of my own money recently on 2 new HD cameras for the 2 iMacs but the old iMac just can't handle the external camera so it's currently unused which is pointless.
To go full time I would need to record and produce videos from both offices so I would need a second iMac for this. It is just not realistic to disconnect the better iMac and move it from room to room each time I want to produce a video. When news break I need to be able to record new videos from either location, immediately.
I have priced up the iMac I would like to purchase and this comes in at around €2486 (approximately £2500).
Specs: iMac 27", Intel Core i7 quad-core, 8GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive.
This is not their best machine but with additional RAM it will be perfect for producing video content.
This would be purchased from Apple in Spain and proof of purchase would be provided. I would want to expand the RAM to it's maximum and I think this will cost around £600. Apple want an additional £1468 to do that via them but I think I can buy from Crucial for around £600. This is something I will investigate further if I raise enough funds for the initial machine. If you can advise with this, please reach out to me.
Why an iMac? Because they just work. I have used Apple computers for around 8/9 years now. They are widely used and preferred for video production. I have previously purchased expensive Mac software that I can continue to use, the same with Mac compatible devices. My older computers are also Macs so to change to PC would create a number of problems.
Over the last couple of years, I have invested thousands of pounds of my own money on a new office/studio for my video and audio production and thanks to those who subscribe to DKB.TV I have been able to buy additional devices here and there. We have worked well together as a team.
I will send a written thank you note to anyone who supports this campaign providing you send in a postal address and give you a shout-out on KopTalk.TV, unless of course, you wish to remain anonymous.
I will adjust the campaign as it progresses if necessary. For example, if the cost of the memory is more or less expensive I will adjust the target to reflect that.
100% of any funds received from this campaign will be invested into equipment for the production of video content at KopTalk.TV and DKB.TV. If I exceed my target I will invest in 'Apple Care' as that would just make sense.
Are you a KopTalk member? If so, you will be pleased to know that by going full time with my video content this will generate additional funds for the members' website. I believe that the additional revenue KopTalk.TV and DKB.TV will generate, will far exceed the revenue generated from web-based advertising and will enable the members' website to remain ad-free and secure in the future. This change in direction can only benefit the members' website and community.
Thanks so much for your support. I hope I can go on to provide those of you who enjoy my work even more content.
Should the campaign be successful, I will continue to terrorise the politically correct snowflakes and ask the questions they others daren't! I will always remain 100% independent and free of influence thanks to those of you who support me.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email support @ koptalk.org