Looking back on January 2015 (yes, that monthly post)

Time to get back to work

December, January and February are always a bit of a soft time for Whaleoil as there is very little politics going on, and Whaleoil is, after all, primarily a political blog.  So as the politicians and main stream media come back into play, this place will gear up for the usual fare of hard news and opinions with a side order of satire, disrespect and the odd belly laugh.  Oh and cat videos.  We won’t neglect our true purpose.

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Whaleoil January 2015 Google Analytics traffic overview

 

When you compare that to a year ago:  

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Whaleoil January 2014 Google Analytics traffic overview

What it comes down to is that reports of Whaleoil’s “death” as portended by the Dirty Politics attack crew, including Hager, the lefty blogs and politicians, appears to have had little impact.   Or if it did, it has been lost in the obvious growth over 12 months.

We have short month with statutory holidays to do, and then we have Easter in the way, but by then it gets cold, and darker, and we really manage to get the place pumping for everyone.   On the interesting side, the Northland by-election should provide some fun political fodder just to keep “blogging fit”.

 

The rest of the stats

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As you would expect, since we control John Key, the GCSB, the Police and some other people and organisations not even worth mentioning, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that most of Whaleoil traffic comes from the Five Eyes partner countries.

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More than One and a half million upvotes a year.  That’s certainly reflective of Whaleoil being a positive place.  This blog has people enaged.

Finally, and without any surprises, we still lead the Open Parachute Blog Rankings in spite of the fact that the brilliant strategy of The Daily Blog and The Standard staging a public fight between The World’s Greatest Sysop and Wrongly Wrongson, they still didn’t really manage to generate enough interest to register any improvement.  The Daily Blog is slowly fading away; as more people realise they were supporting someone who is better not associated with if you like 1) winning and 2) accurate information.

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Practical Matters

Donations were down for January.  It means I have to nudge people to look in the back of the couch and see if those who didn’t have anything to spare for January may be able to catch up for February.  I hate doing this, but it is important we have your support here to make sure that any further attempts to boycott Whaleoil’s financial base comes to nothing and we will always “stay on the air”.

We asked for an early cap order, so the first delivery will start shipping this week.  Sorry if your name didn’t sort the right way on the labels and you’re in the last lot of deliveries.  Just don’t get nervous when you see some people have received them, and you haven’t.  I’ll communicate clearly when they have all gone out, and if you haven’t received yours within 2 business days from that announcement, then is the time to get upset.

Straw/vinyard hats and T-Shirt orders will open in about a week.   We’ll do different T-Shirt as we go through the year, so if this one isn’t to your liking, don’t worry – we’ll do one you’ll like eventually.  Here is a mock-up of what’s coming, and it will also be available on white.  Sizes S to 5XL.

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As you can see, Cam’s modeling the shirt, and he’s looking a lot better now that he’s training for the Fight for Life match against Jesse Ryder.

 

Thanks. Thank you. Ta.  Onya.

Whaleoil is the product of the efforts of dozens of people every month, most of them go without any public credit (and some very much prefer it that way).  Be it leads, tips or whistleblowers contacting us with information or nudging us to look into something, or just our own readers highlighting certain issues or specific things in the press, the “information machine” behind Whaleoil is as powerful as ever.

Some people put a more regular and dedicated effort in, and these people include:

  • SonovaMin (Cartoons)
  • Roger Price (Cartoons)
  • Alex (Map of the Day)
  • James (Trivia)
  • EWWBL (Help desk)
  • Spanish Bride (Blogger)
  • Spanish Groom (Blogger, Moderation)
  • Lux (Photo of the Day and Backchat)
  • Nigel (Moderation)

Without exception these people are generous, easy to work with, good communicators and have a hell of a work ethic.  I never have to second guess them or chase them to get them to do what they committed to do.   What a crew.

And then there is you.  “Quite a few” of you in fact.   Thank you for reading Whaleoil.  Thank you for your practical, financial and moral support.  Last year was tough, yet we survived.  There is a general mood to right some wrongs this year.  It will make good reading.

– Pete

 


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