What now for Whale Oil?

Yesterday it was revealed that Cameron Slater was no longer at Whale Oil. Or would be leaving after the weekend. And he would be away for “a month, perhaps two – depending”.

So what now for Whale Oil. Pete Belt has been editor and manager and moderator for two or three years.

He seems to be taking over completely and has plans to fill the rather large gap left by an absent Slater. In From the Driver’s Seat: Cam Slater is no longer with Whaleoil he explains.

What will become of Whaleoil?

It will be exactly the same and completely new. And yes, I realise that both can’t be true. But let me explain.

I will still continue my role as a “managing editor” of Whaleoil; the same role I’ve performed for a number of years. So the day-to-day features, and fluff that bracket the important content, will continue.

To fill the gap that Cam’s absence leaves, I have arranged for a number of people to step up. Where these people have previously been sources for Cam, they are now going to have a try at writing.

I’m also talking to a person from the left of politics with the aim to challenge your world view a little more.

I hope that I can also encourage some of our irregular contributors to step up their contributions. If I can get seven of you to write one column a week, that would be excellent. These reader-provided columns have been very successful in the past.

Not mentioned in Belt’s post but in comments it was asked “Will SB still be continuing her columns?”. Slater responded “Yes”.

In response to a comment “Looking forward to “PeteOil” in the next few weeks!” Spanish Bride also made one comment – “More like MonkeyOil. Just a tune up please Pete”.

Whaleoil hasn’t asked for volunteers for a number of years now, but as I move into Cam’s seat, the opportunity for people to take over some of the regular features to lighten my load will appear. More about that later.

It will be interesting to see if Slater wants his seat back at some time in the future. He may find that a break from Whale Oil is good for him.

And will Belt want to vacate the seat? He insists “no, this isn’t a WhExit – Whaleoil is here to stay, and Cam will be back”.

So what now?

I am going to try some different things. I told him that I may kick some sacred cows. If someone writes a pro-gun control column, then I don’t see why we can’t publish that.

I also plan to cover some things that Cam has not had an interest in. And I’m going to give some other topics a rest.

I believe we’ve all become a little too comfortable with the well laid out views and, with Cam busy elsewhere, we get a chance to take some other ideas for a spin. The ones that work, we’ll keep. The ones that don’t, we’ll chalk up to experience.

One thing I can assure you of: even though we won’t have Cam’s usual menu of topics and catch phrases every day, Whaleoil will continue to deliver stories with information that comes from the same network of people who have been the ‘invisible hand’ behind the blog for some time.

I will miss Cam more than you because, clearly, my job just got a lot more involved. But, as I told him, “It isn’t all about you,” and, just because he’s been the one writing the stories, the content frequently arrived … somehow. This information will now come through with a different voice. At least for a while.

It sounds like some significant changes for a temporary rearrangement. It doesn’t sound like keeping Slater’s seat warm for a month or two.

If Slater does return, what then? Back to the past? Or would Slater slot in with the new Whale Oil?

Like you, I have no idea where that will end up, but I suspect it will be a lot of fun. And, like anything new, it will probably take them a few days or weeks to find their feet. I’ll help them along, but you can assist by not expecting these people to be as good on Day One as Cam is after 11 years.

It will be interesting to see how this goes. Despite declining from the heights of two years ago there has obviously been a market for the Whale oil product.

There has been an active commenting community.

Has the main attraction has been Whale Oil, or Cameron Slater?

Will interest in Whale Oil also take a Sabbatical?

If Freed indeed cranks up in the next month or two will that precipitate and exodus and suck the life out of Whale Oil?

Belt has taken on some big challenges at Whale Oil, one of the biggest ones being how to work with and alongside Slater.

Belt has acknowledged in the past the importance of Slater to the Whale Oil brand and culture.

This may be Belt’s biggest challenge yet – how to keep things going at Whale Oil without Slater.

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23 Comments

  1. Steve Taylor

     /  30th June 2016

    Oh, Mr Belt can hold his own in the absence of Mr Slater, of that there is no doubt.

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    • He seems to have been pretty much holding WO together for some time now. It will be interesting to see whether he can keep attracting Slater’s audience though.

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      • Brown

         /  30th June 2016

        I generally like its rightish bias and what I believe is a realistic approach to immigration in the face of do and feel gooders so will keep looking – it seems a bit broader in reach than other blogs. Its not always to my complete taste but that’s life.

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        • Blazer

           /  30th June 2016

          No surprise that ‘doing good’ and ‘feeling good’ are not things you appreciate.Don’t forget the lemon juice on your weetbix this morning Mr…Brown!

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          • Gezza

             /  30th June 2016

            A lot of the comments were really sweet. Nice people obviously read it.

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            • Mefrostate

               /  30th June 2016

              Sycophants do sound nice, after dissenting opinions have been shouted or banned away.

            • Gezza

               /  30th June 2016

              I posted there twice but nobody took any more notice of me there than here.

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  30th June 2016

              Wayne posted there once and copped an immediate life ban :/

            • Gezza

               /  30th June 2016

              Did he say the two-tie etc thing?

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  30th June 2016

              I forget exactly how it went now. It was one of those silly jokes ‘where a Rabbi and a Fijian walk into a bar……’

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  30th June 2016

              Racism and antiSemitism; that must have been hilarious-I don’t think. Even WO has some standards.

            • Gezza

               /  30th June 2016

              “Sycophants do sound nice, after dissenting opinions have been shouted or banned away.”

              I tried starting off that way, plan was to hit them when they least expected it. But nobody was interested so I left it.

  2. One change I see that maybe haven’t been talked about is the increasing shilling for the OAP from Herne Bay Mr Winston Raymond Peters. It’s bizarre. I wonder what part of Slater’s plan for Aotearoa this would suit? Is it the St Judith as a more right wing PM wannabe, and that he believes in her being a better fit to Peter’s exccesses, ego and xenophobia?

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  3. Pete Kane

     /  30th June 2016

    “I’m also talking to a person from the left of politics with the aim to challenge your world view a little more.”
    Did more of that drug business up Alan’s way escape than we thought? I mean who? Josie, unbelievable – maybe life really is stranger t………………….. Well I think you might get the point.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  30th June 2016

      Thank you, Cammy, but I don’t need to have my world view challenged by you. How patronising There are few things more annoying than a bland announcement along those lines-next he’ll be telling us that he’s going to empower us.

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  4. Conspiratoor

     /  30th June 2016

    I hope I’m wrong but I think the thing might wane without Cameron’s direct prose and uncanny ability to lay waste to the politically correct. Wouldn’t underestimate pb but it’s like taking Winston out of nz 1st, a big hill to climb

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    • Blazer

       /  30th June 2016

      Slater is a big hypocrite,proven time and again,the latest re name suppression.His squeeze espanol says he suffers from mental issues,perhaps that is the underlying reason for his departure.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  30th June 2016

      There’s no accounting for taste. My impression of him is that he is an egomaniac and, as Blazer says, a hypocrite. How he had the gall to demand name suppression is beyond me. Do that which I say, not that which I do !

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  5. In the words of the famous Mickey Mac Arthur, I shall not return, having been banned from Whale Oil for making a statement of fact. At least here, facts are King and help all of us understand the background to a developing thread. I am personally tired of the “Play the Man” not the ball, ethic of Whale Oil that merely reflects the misconduct of the MSM. The number and frequency of personal attacks of the integrity of any person who is nor identified as pro-Left by the MSM is beyond the pale. The MSM wonder why so many of us are walking (running) away from their broadsheets. When you see part time Kiwis setting up a petition to be rid of a person whose ideas are not pro-Left, in the TV area, you know we have lost something precious.

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    • Gezza

       /  30th June 2016

      you know we have lost something precious

      Not yet. He hasn’t been given his marching orders. And he won’t be. All good stuff Bj.
      Keeps some people like Wayman busy doing pointless stuff & off the blogs.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  30th June 2016

        I am not sure that we were meant to take that petition seriously. It might just be that people find Mike Hosking a teeeeedious, self-absorbed, supercilious bore. I don’t watch him, but on the rare occasion when I see a few minutes of him I have to turn the sound off.

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        • Gezza

           /  30th June 2016

          I was too comfortable to get off the couch and reach for the remote, so I watched another couple of segments of Seven Sharp with Tim Wilson & Pippa Wetzel.

          In the end I had to get up and get the remote because I was nearly in tears at what has become of TVNZ.

          If those two are the likely replacements for Mike & Toni or—heaven forbid, Jack Tame with someone like Katie—I’ll be starting a Bring Back Mike petition & reckon I’ll get 60k sigs in a month.

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