Here at Daily Cannon, we’ve always tried to keep a relatively high level of women’s content on the site.
Still, we feel this isn’t enough and want to bring out a monthly (digital at first) magazine, hence this call for help. But we don’t want this to be just any old magazine, we want this one to make a real difference…
A little about me (Lee Hurley, site founder) and why I’m interested in doing this:
I’m a trans guy and when I actually started Daily Cannon I hadn’t transitioned. It started as ‘LadyArse’ and quickly gained a strong following. When I made the decision to transition to male, I felt the name of the site needed to be changed and that’s when it became Daily Cannon.
Throughout my life I’ve always written about LGBT issues and been a strong feminist. After transitioning, I was finding solely writing about Arsenal a little empty but wasn’t really sure of my new role in the world in relation to feminism nor how I could use the massive platform of millions we’ve slowly built at Daily Cannon. I have also been searching for a way we can do something as a site that would be fun, enjoyable and make a difference. Finally, it all seemed to come together in my head.
The idea we have for the magazine is ‘Women’s World – Arsenal football, life’ so while it will have a heavy Arsenal bias, we want to leave it open for coverage of other teams but, perhaps more importantly, other issues that affect women that we can perhaps influence.
We want to offer a loud voice for women, not just in football but the world. We want to provide coverage that is sadly lacking because those in power think there isn’t an audience for it. We know that there is, and it is huge, passionate and hungry to be taken seriously.
This isn’t about making money for us as a site, we hardly do that with DailyCannon.com and it gets millions of hits a month. This is about getting together a collection of talented writers who have something important to say, and getting that message out to as many people as possible.
This is about making a difference and making sure women are heard. It’s about forcing a game that’s drowning in money to treat women as worthy of a proper and fair share. It’s about highlighting the lack of exposure given to the women’s game that is then used as a stick to beat it back into place in the shadows.
In short, we don’t just want to change attitudes, we want to change the world.
Will we be able to do it? I don’t know. What I do know is that we certainly won’t if we don’t ever try.
We have been on the search for writers and have been overwhelmed by the response so far. Everyone who has replied has been unanimous in saying ‘this isn’t about the money’ and while it isn’t for us either, we want to make sure that the people who put in the work to make this magazine what we all believe it can be, get adequately compensated for their time, talent and brains.
There are a number of ways you can help, not all financial. The easiest thing you can do is tell people about us. Who should you tell? Everybody, really.
If you would like to help financially in the knowledge that every penny pledged will go to the people who produce the magazine, in an equitable way, as well as to the costs of running and producing the magazine, we have a few options.
Obviously, you can buy the magazine when it comes out at the start of January, but if you’d like to help us out before then, you can sign up to be a subscriber now. You can also pledge regular donations, or a one-off amount. Literally every penny will help, although with Paypal fees, anything below £0.21 will just get swallowed by them.
We’ve set out some rewards below although with a little time and some more thought I hope to improve those.
If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please send us an email (we seem to get hacked every time we have an email signup form so this is the easiest way). Your email will never be sold or shared and will only be used sparingly.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting us (and if think you have skills that could help us make this a success and you’re interested in being involved with the magazine, please get in touch).