Saturday General Debate



Morning all.

Thanks to your support, the blog is continuing its surge into popularity.  In spite of being labelled ‘far right’ and a ‘hate blog’ by those that take a different political view (or is it just frustration and envy that what we have to say is finding fertile ground?), things are ticking over nicely.  The full time return of Cam to the blog has it now clocking up in traffic in 3 and a half days what it takes the 4th placed blog in the country a whole month to achieve.

We needed help, and we were offered plenty.  People who have stepped up and have had their work facing the public this week are Donovan Jackson who offered to write WhaleTech posts, and last night James Howlett joined the team taking over the Trivia Duties from Nick.  Welcome to the team James and Donovan!  We have one more ‘intern’ that’s about to burst into public view, and then I’ll need to rattle the cages of some others who have offered but seem to have disappeared.  Many hands make light work – don’t think we don’t need you.

You can step up from being Regular Whaleoil Army to being on the team.  You don’t have to involve yourself on a daily basis: you can just submit an article via the Tipline as the mood takes you.  Along the lines of Owl and Policy Parrot, or even just provide us with a post to put up about an issue that is is either burning you up or you have a specific interest in.  Doesn’t even have to be political.

As Crow said in his Truth Swan Song thinly veiled threats comments on the blog (I paraphrase), ‘And people should know Cameron has other people writing for him!’.  Well of course he does.  Does anyone think this blog can put out 30+ posts every day, not even missing Xmas and New Year without it actually being the result of a dedicated community?  As someone told me yesterday, Whaleoil is a broad church.  We draw on the raw input from dozens and dozens of contributors on many topics, often serious, and sometimes frivolous – like Cactus Kate admitting she has Bertolli Olive Oil in her cupboard (but not revealing why).  And that doesn’t even include the Tipline, where many of you are pointing out issues to us, many of which lead to posts being written about them.

Cameron and I were just remarking yesterday how proud we are of our Commenting Community right now.  We’ve had a week of controversial issues.  Issues that divide us on non-political lines, such as Bain’s guilt or innocence.  And not even once did the debate degrade into personal attacks.  It is great to see, and thank you.

The other side of this coin is that as our Whaleoil Poppy grows taller and taller, we’re attracting more and more people just randomly lashing out.  Some of the emails and phone calls Cameron is getting would make your hair stand on end.  The reason I mention this, is because you’re seeing a few more “This message was deleted” notifications, and no, we haven’t started redacting views we don’t agree with.  We are simply removing the crass drive-by abuse that tries to damage the blog.

Thank you all for your support – we love getting your feedback.

Speaking of which, this is the Saturday General Debate post.  To those new to the blog, this is where you or anyone else can bring up any topic and there is no need to stick to the subject at hand.  Let’s see what is on your hivemind today?

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