Get the word out: Whaleoil is about to change editors, again.
For those of you that have been enduring his absence, Cam is back on Friday and will have to hit the ground running as I won’t be anywhere near the blog during the weekend. Maybe.
It has been an interesting two months. I must admit to having missed his company and insights. By heavily leaning on Teknonym, Spanish Bride, and other regular contributors, we made it through without breaking too many things.
But I’m mentally tired after two months. How Cam did it for 11 years straight goes somewhat towards explaining how special he is. It amuses me when some people call him lazy. Having done just a little of what makes up his day (without Incite, without all the phone calls, without the courts, without the meetings), I honestly don’t know how anyone could ever consider him lazy.
The feedback has been kind in general, in the sense that we managed to surprise most people by keeping Whaleoil on track. Others have said it has been even better, more civil and with a new kind of humour.
But you know what? That may all be true, but it isn’t Cam Slater, is it?
So I’m sure you will be just as happy to see him back. To read of scumbags, scribble faces and mad women’s poos plus all the other favourites that give this blog such a unique flavour.
One of the things I did when I took over two months ago is send an email to all MPs to tell them that Cam was on sabbatical and I was keeping his seat warm. I offered them a chance to build a relationship with me, especially as we are heading into an election year and Whaleoil’s audience swells past 200,000 pairs of eyes all pre-qualified as being interested in politics.
The response was astounding. This is what happened
National MPs or staff responses: none
Labour MPs or staff responses: none
Green MPs or staff responses: A very polite email from Metiria Turei to say she’d think about it.
NZ First or staff responses: none
Maori Party or staff responses: Polite note from Marama Fox saying there was absolutely no interest and not to contact again
ACT Party or staff responses: An email from David Seymour stating he’d love to take this new Whaleoil for a spin, but after a critical article on Whaleoil has gone quiet. Even Spanish Bride can’t get him to comment on charter school articles. Also a note from staff suggesting anything we might want to propose is welcome. This relationship is clearly a work in progress.
I did actually intend to approach some MPs but in the end my time was so dominated by management and content that I had very little creative time. I may just revisit that project however.
To close, please don’t forget our big red DONATE button. If you appreciate what we do then having a little financial help from you makes it easier for us to keep doing it. Nobody at this end is getting rich. In fact, I can assure you we are still in a position where we are dragging the national median income down. So please give
a little some. Every bit helps. Thank you.
Thanks for your support for me personally. The first two weeks we had a few clowns come in and try it on, but the ever-efficient moderators were on top of that and I suspect most of you wouldn’t even have noticed. I’ll fade back into the background for now, and I can’t say I’m too sad about it. The passenger seat is where I belong. Time for Cam’s foot to go back on the accelerator.