The reports of¬†my death have been greatly exaggerated
With¬†the election still in the last three weeks unfolding in such a brutal way, the blog performance stats have exceeded our best expectations. ¬†We have some mixed feelings about this of course. ¬†It is the most positive part of what has been a very stressful time.
Our aim to hit 4 million pageviews per month by the end of 2014 seems to be in the bag. ¬†We’ve picked up a lot of new readers this month, thanks to “Dirty Politics”. ¬†Readers who have discovered Whaleoil picks apart the “news” and shows them the behind-the-scenes manipulations in the media. ¬† You’ve seen it today, when a TVNZ poll shows national on 48% and it is presented as “National in crisis”.
If the hacker and his/her enablers hoped that “Dirty Politics”¬†was going to be a mortal blow for Whaleoil, they made a huge mistake. ¬†With the traffic settling down, it looks like we’ve picked up 15-25% more eyeballs in the space of a month. ¬†If that’s you, then welcome to Whaleoil. ¬†Remember that we don’t expect you to agree with everything you read here. ¬†But we do expect you to be informed, entertained, and every so often learn something new.
For those of you that expect this to be a “National Party blog”, you might end up disappointed. ¬†Even though our politics is mostly towards the right, and certainly more right than National’s policies right now, we also take the freedom to agree with policies on the left, such as the Greens’ Clean Waterways policy. ¬†And, we reserve the right to criticise people on our ‘own team’. ¬† We do not turn a blind eye simply because a mistake is make on “our side” of politics.
If that makes you uncomfortable, and you really want to 100% partisan blog, then Whaleoil won’t be for you long term.
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