When I started the Brown Moses Blog one year ago I really had no idea how successful and important it would become. I started it more as a pastime, gathering information from a variety of online sources I thought the traditional media had overlooked. As I kept writing, I gained more and more followers, and started to collect an increasing amount of important information on the topics I focused on. Soon I was writing guides to the UK phone hacking scandal, uncovering the use of cluster bombs in Syria, and uncovering a wide range of information that would have otherwise been overlooked.
The Brown Moses Blog has now become a highly respected source of information, both on the UK phone hacking scandal and the conflict in Syria, with the following being just some of the news organisations that have mentioned me and my work
But you don't just have to take my word for it, here are some quotes about my work from the world of Hackgate, the Arab Spring, and social media.
The Brown Moses Blog is something I've always done in the spare time I get between work and helping my wife look after my daughter. Usually, I get a few hours each evening to sit down and really focus on the blog, spending much of that time looking through around 500 Youtube channels belonging to activists, civilians, and armed groups in Syria, looking for anything that stands out.
What I'm hoping to do with this campaign is to turn the Brown Moses Blog from a part-time hobby to a full-time job. Being able to spend my entire day working on the blog will mean more information gathered from a variety of sources, and more posts on the blog, giving a deeper insight into the subjects I cover on my blog.
As a result of working full-time of the blog my second goal is to begin producing regular videos exploring different aspects of the Syrian conflict, using my vast archive of videos to put together informative videos, along the lines of this interview I did with ITN's Truthloader.
The fund-raising target I've set is enough to keep me blogging full-time for the next six months, with money raised beyond that allowing me to blog for longer, purchase better equipment and software to work with, and translate my blog posts into Arabic using professional translators.
Who am I?
In recent weeks there's been a spate of articles about me and my work, so here's a selection of those articles for those of you who want to know more about me.
The Guardian - How Brown Moses exposed Syrian arms trafficking from his front room
Channel 4 News - Brown Moses: the British blogger tracking Syrian arms
CNN - In his living room, blogger traces arms trafficking to Syria
Deutsche Welle – Interview with Eliot Higgins
Here's some articles for non-English speakers
NOS TV - Britse blogger stort zich op Syrische wapenhandel (Dutch)
ARD TV - Gestern Kosovo, heute Syrien (German)
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Brown Moses – A Reliable Source Of Information On The Weapons In Syria (Arabic)
Sky Italia - Siria, il blogger che racconta il lato oscuro della guerra (Italian)
Vercernji List - Kako sam otkrio da Hrvati šalju oružje u Siriju (Croatian)
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