Monthly blog ranking post

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.

The attack was well organised and months in the planning

Although Vote Positive and Dirty Politics were  meant to hurt the government and National sufficiently to bring Labour and Greens into striking distance of winning the election, the other objective was to take Whaleoil off the map.  To sever our contacts, to make us toxic to our own friends, and to have everyone running for the hills.

At the same time, the left, through their Dirty Politics blogs, have been waging an orchestrated campaign to undermine Whaleoil’s finances.  They would like to think that if we have no money coming in from advertising, then Whaleoil wouldn’t be able to operate.

Apart from the ridiculousness of this idea, as Whaleoil will run with or without advertising income, it’s also seriously backfired.  Every time they convinced an advertiser to stop advertising on Whaleoil, you have responded by filling up our begging bowl.   The gains have offset the losses.  This has made us feel very, very good.  Much better than the fact the traffic figures are up.

Your donations are tangible proof that we have your support, and that you will stand up against hacking, theft and criminal conspiracy by making sure Cam’s voice, our voice, YOUR voice isn’t silenced.

 

Where exactly is justice?

Even though the rats are still scurrying for the darker corners right now, the Whaleoil team in general is left feeling violated by this whole drama.   Not because we lost.   It’s because we feel that we’re fighting an unfair fight.  By resorting to crime to further a political agenda, and Whaleoil choosing not to do the same, we’re under more pressure than we should be.

It is fair to say we don’t feel supported by the very institutions that exist to help us.  The Privacy Commission is clearly interested in being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.  They have no interest in preventing further breaches of people’s privacy.  Only those that have already suffered it because of my emails having been copied and used by the political operators, the media, the hacker and Nicky Hager.

The police, although doing their best, are staring at an empty stable with the door open and the horse nowhere to be seen.  There is absolutely no sign that the hacker and the other henchmen are going to be made responsible for their acts.  Hager and the real media will claim journalistic protection and public interest, even though this has been a clear political hit on the right, by the left, and not even half of the public’s interest is covered here.

 

Darkest before the dawn

The amount of media ‘noise’ out there right now is so distracting, the information that people want is unable to get out.  So let us concentrate on getting past the election first.   It’s really quite a clear choice:  National, or Dotcom, Harre, Harawira, Minto and the Green Taliban.   The nation’s future is up to the voters.  All Whaleoil can do is comment and inform.  We are not the police.  We are not the people that can force an election results.  The result of this election is up to you.

 

Best month ever

So, time to show the actual data again – it’s amazing really.  We’re now bigger than any other media organisation on the Internet with the exception of TVNZ, TV3, NZ Herald and Fairfax.   Horizon has independently estimated our weekly readership at just under 240,000 people.

So there you go.   Welcome to Whaleoil.  Strap yourself in, it’s a wild ride sometimes.  But don’t get off, you might miss something!

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Well done.

Even thought we may be a little subdued at the moment, as things get tense in the run-up to the election, it is time to thank the people who run this blog with me.   Lux, James, Bleeding Orphan, EveryWayButLeft, Travis and Nige.  There are some unsung heroes too, you know who you are – this blog could not have continued to operate without your help over the last four weeks.  All of you, thank you so much.

Finally, you.  Yes you.  Thanks for choosing to read Whaleoil.  More than a quarter of a million of you now.

Hang in there.

We are.

 

 


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