Your NZ in 2016

Your NZ had another very good year in 2016, with good growth in clicks/readership (up 40%), in visitor numbers (up 19%) and in comments (up 184%).

The increase in the number of comments is especially pleasing because that means there is more participation here, which is one of the core objectives. Thanks to nearly everyone who has contributed and keeps contributing, you are the vitality of Your NZ.

It has taken time and perseverance but Your NZ is now established as a niche in the New Zealand blogosphere. This shows how we have grown:

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That growth is unlikely to continue unless something major changes, things were levelling off in the second half of the year, but I’m happy with this, things are manageable at the current level. I still have to juggle my time with a few other things, this is basically a hobby.

There’s no pressure to perform and compete, we don’t need to attract media attention to advance agendas, we don’t serve any political party, we don’t need to attract clicks to generate advertising revenue.

All we have to do is whatever we like, we can post and discuss what we want no matter who it might promote or annoy.

We fly under the media radar and I’m happy with that. There’s some sneering and attempts to discredit from other blogs, that’s petty and futile. I don’t see this as a competition, it’s not a fight for survival of the fittest or dirtiest. I post about other blogs and encourage comments on and links to other media and blogs because I see social media as a fantastic forum of many parts rather than empire building.

What about 2017?  We may keep chugging along much as we are, but I’m always open to ideas and suggestions, and I keep an eye out for opportunities to do something more or different.

This will be the first election year since major growth so that could crank things up – or not, blogs tend to be niches amongst the big public forums like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter and that’s likely to continue.

As always suggestions are welcome.

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19 Comments

  1. Pete.

    Can I sincerely thank you for your stellar efforts here. You endeavour to bring a fresh perspective to the blogosphere and you do so well, considering it is just a “hobby” . Your light-handed approach to moderation seems to work, with most regulars ignoring the worst of the trolling or threadjacking that inevitably happens when contributors have too much time on their hands, and/or are committed to disruption and personal satisfaction over constructive and civil discussion.

    I’m only regretful that I cannot spend enough time these days being more considered in my own posting. I am occupied on so many and varied fronts, that I am unable to do justice to your thought provoking pieces, or other’s opinions. I hope this year sees me less busy, so I can be more of a thoughtful contributor than I have been of late. I also hope we continue to attract more contributors who prefer discussion over the ad hominem.

    A very happy New Year to you and yours. 🎶🎶🎶

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  2. Conspiratoor

     /  2nd January 2017

    Well done pg. As an aside you’re now challenging the mighty whale in the length of time each visitor spends on the site. Remarkable given the difference in the number of daily posts. Cheers,c

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  3. Pickled Possum

     /  2nd January 2017

    AweSome Pete … truly Awesome and so are all yous.
    Happy New Year to you all … May it be the Best yet.
    Look Forward to having my opinions and values being given a shaking up in this next Year
    by the best … 😉

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  4. Gezza

     /  2nd January 2017

    “The increase in the number of comments is especially pleasing because that means there is more participation here, which is one of the core objectives.”

    I blame:
    1. The government
    2. Blazer
    3. Alan Wilkinson.

    Kitty will probably blame the parents. 😃

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  2nd January 2017

      You also came into your own in 2016 G. A cross between a Roman candle and double happy. Cheers,c

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd January 2017

        I feel I have mellowed of late due to the exhaustion of reading seemingly endless ellipses, c.

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        • Conspiratoor

           /  2nd January 2017

          There comes a time in every man’s life G where he must bend over and take one for the team. Even blazers theatrics unearth the occasional nugget I’m sure you will agree

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          • Gezza

             /  2nd January 2017

            Oh yes, indeed, although not as often when he adds an exclamation mark as he thinks. And, as you know, I’m not normally one to complain ….

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            • Conspiratoor

               /  2nd January 2017

              You’re safe for a while G. I see Al’s arisen from his nana nap and tagged back in

            • Gezza

               /  2nd January 2017

              That’ll be interesting. He seems to get quite emotional at this time of year.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  2nd January 2017

              Just taken my step daughter’s laptop to bits and replaced the fan and cleaned the heat sinks. Always a mission since you have to completely dissassemble it and take the motherboard out. I think that’s the fifth one I’ve done in the last six months. I’ve got too many friends and relatives. (Not really, it’s always good when you get it back together with no bits left over and it goes.)

            • Gezza

               /  2nd January 2017

              (…it’s always good when you get it back together with no bits left over and it goes.)

              I’ll say. When my bother in law was still a car mechanic decades back he helped me replace the gearbox on a Hillman Imp. There were 3 bolts left over on the garage floor & he just said “Aw … don’t worry about them, I put in all the ones that are needed”. 😮

            • Conspiratoor

               /  2nd January 2017

              Have you ever fixed a dead webcam on a laptop Al? I suspect the wife has pushed the lid too far back and a cable has come loose, apparently a common fault with HP laptops. I managed to peel back the outer rim of the lid but lacked the courage to explore further

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  2nd January 2017

              Go onto youtube and look for a disassembly video for that model, C.
              You shouldn’t be able to damage the cabling by opening it wide though, so I suspect you will need to replace it as something has failed. If it’s a common problem it should show up on google.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  2nd January 2017

              I’ve never had a bother in law but he sounds a bit of a worry, G.

            • Gezza

               /  2nd January 2017

              He only ever bothered me as an in-law that day Al. The rest of the time he’s been the best brother (-in-law) me & my bros could ever have wished for.

  5. Blazer

     /  2nd January 2017

    Yes I too thank you PG for allowing the free flow of discussion on this forum.My hope is that posters will follow my example of playing the ball….not the…man in 2017.It makes for a much healthier debate.Best wishes for 2017,and that includes all those who look forward to viewing….the Real Housewives of Tokoroa.(I know who you are)

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    • Conspiratoor

       /  2nd January 2017

      Agreed to a point blazer. One of the blogging highlights of 2016 would have to be the fallout from sideshow bobs epic arrival and ignominious departure. The only man who left a blog before he came. We all took turns tearing the poor bastard to shreds. It was a shameful display of the worst of human behaviour

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