Thursday, February 22, 2007

There Have To Be Easier Ways To Make A Living.....


On the whole I don't get many callers here and I like it that way. I have my regulars(y'all know who you are....)but on the whole it's fairly quiet. The last few nights however have seen my hits treble and I have to say, the referrer tracking doesn't lie. I wrote a slightly bemused piece about a story in The Digger some months ago and to be honest I thought nothing more of it. A few nights back, a documentary aired on prime time TV about the very same local Glasgow magazine and it would seem that the world and it's wife has gone "Digger Mad" and guess who comes near the top of the results for "The Digger, Glasgow"?


I hope you found what you were looking for.......

In a day and age when most amateur publishing is done online(blogs, live journals etc)it's almost disturbing to find someone publishing A5 pamphlets and actually flogging them fairly successfully in small newsagents around a city. Scandal sells though, and whilst every other one man band publisher has perished under an avalanche of indifference(see: football and music fanzines), The Digger seems to be thriving on it's notoriety. It also helps that the chap who writes it seems to driven in his desire to expose crime, corruption and general wrongdoing. He won't get bored and give up one day, he doesn't strike me as the type who craves the quiet life.

There are problems with this approach. Everyone hates yr guts. The gangsters, the Police, the courts......There is an element of minor celebrity to be gained from appearing in the 'rogues gallery' section of the mag, but on the whole I don't think he's out to make friends......


So, three cheers for The Digger. God loves a masochist.

4 comments:

SzélsőFa said...

I can't relate as I don't buy scandal papers. I read them online instead :)
There used to be a paper however that did NOT covered any scandalous items, crimes or celebrity news. It was generally about folk and schools events, street and traditional festivals, nice achievements, great people of our present times such as good actors or sportsmen, well, it was about peaceful life in general. It made us believe that life is nice.
It was NOT related to ANY erligion os church!
And it was free. I liked it.

Guess the fate of this paper.
You're right.

May said...

What a pic!

iLL Man said...

Szelso Fa- It's about keeping the customers satisfied. The Digger does this brilliantly.

May - Thanks May. Quite proud of that one myself......

SzélsőFa said...

You see, that paper I was talking about, kept people believing they live in a normal country with lots of happyness around.
It still had to go, bc/ there wasn't any scandals in it.