Blog statistics down since Canterbury mosque attacks

The number of page views here varies over time, usually with explainable changes. Up leading up to and following elections and around significant news events. Down at Christmas and when I am on holiday or busier than normal on other things.

A significant I have noticed is that after a jump in page views associated with the Christchurch mosque attacks ion 15 March this year, page views have settled back to be running 20-25% fewer than they had been prior to that.

Weekly page views over the last six months:

The bump two weeks ago was when the book Whale Oil was launched – posts about Whale Oil have always tended to be popular, but page views have been running consistently lower since March.

I can only guess why this has happened, but I suspect it is something that Google has changed in their search algorithms.

Views referred by ‘search engines’ (primarily Google) are a significant proportion of traffic.

This drop in page views appears to be not just here. Alexa isn’t proof of numbers, but it suggests drops in traffic at Kiwiblog, The Standard and The Daily Blog since about mid-March as well.

So that adds weight to a factor other than content here.

It’s difficult to judge traffic at Whale Oil, because they switched domains last month (from whaleoil.co.nz to whaleoil.net.nz) makes it hard to judge traffic trends there, but traffic numbers have long been suspect there, and there was an unexplained huge jump in traffic there last September.

They still claim “Whaleoil is the fastest-growing media organisation in New Zealand” which appears to be nonsense, the claim is unchanged for a number of years but other indications are that numbers are down there. Comment numbers have certainly dropped significantly, especially since last October when Cameron Slater had what appears to be a mild stroke and since he filed for bankruptcy in February, an since the company running the blog went into liquidation.

Slater and Whale Oil suffered a major hit in credibility when the book Dirty Politics was launched in 2014 and after a number of legal blows and revelations, particularly the defamation judgment of Matt Blomfield (October 2018) and the launch of the book Whale Oil last month. Despite rearranging ownership I suspect Whale Oil is facing a significant issue with the liquidation.

But WO aside, it seems that the major blogs have dropped page views since March when the Christchurch massacres occurred, as has Your NZ (while this is of interest it doesn’t bother me, I’m not driven by numbers or popularity).

 

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:

yournz2016

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.

Your NZ flag choices

I haven’t chosen my preferred alternative flag yet, but a number of commenters here have suggested what their favourites are. Here are the flags pointed out in comments in  Final forty flags.

Kerry Reed, Alan Wilkinson:

Silver Fern (Black,White & Blue) by Kyle Lockwood, tagged with: Black, Red, White, Fern, Southern Cross, Growth, History, Landscape, Māori culture, Multiculturalism, Nature, Unity.

Silver Fern (Black,White & Blue) by Kyle Lockwood

Alan Wilkinson:

White & Black Fern by Alofi Kanter .

White & Black Fern by Alofi Kanter

Mike C:

Silver Fern (Red,White & Blue) by Kyle Lockwood, tagged with: Blue, Red, White, Fern, Southern Cross, Growth, Independence, Kiwiana, Māori culture, Multiculturalism, History.

Silver Fern (Red,White & Blue)by Kyle Lockwood

Embrace (Red & Blue) by Denise Fung, tagged with: Blue, Red, White, Fern, Koru, Southern Cross, Multiculturalism.Embrace (Red & Blue) byDenise Fung

Koru and Stars by Alan Tran, tagged with: Blue, Red, White, Koru, Southern Cross, Peace, Strength.Koru and Stars by Alan Tran

Unity Fern (Red & Blue) by Paul Jackways, tagged with: Blue, Red, White, Fern.

Unity Fern (Red & Blue) by Paul Jackways

Jamie:

Modern Hundertwasser by Tomas Cottle, tagged with: Green, White, Koru, Growth, Māori culture.

Modern Hundertwasser by Tomas Cottle

Silver Fern (Black & White) by Kyle Lockwood, tagged with: Black, White, Fern, History, Nature.

Silver Fern (Black & White) byKyle Lockwood

I’d be happy with most of those. I think the fern is probably an essential element. While I agree that a single element flag would be best I’d go with a fern/Southern Cross combo as a compromise.

But I’m still pondering.

The full forty:

FlagsFinal40

Your NZ is reviewing my position

Not everyone will know that late last year Cameron Slater had a secret meeting with Your NZ and as a result Pete George Live is under review.

Slater has posted at Whale Oil:

They came to learn.  It appears those at the meeting picked up the major points.

It is pleasing to see that things are working out as planned.

One by one I will make people who executed Dirty Politics against me realise that there are consequences for their decisions.

I’m extremely annoyed he had a meeting with me without me knowing and has conspired to fulfil “I want that centre bastard gone” but c’est la blogging.

More details in the next post.

Your NZ acting leader appointed

Your NZ has appointed Jason Ashley as acting leader. This enables Your NZ to be managed until membership has been built up and candidates have been chosen. In August party leadership will be democratically elected from party list candidates.

Jason will also manage the formation of the party list. Your NZ is currently advertising on Trademe Jobs for more people interested in being on the party list. Response to that has been very good.

Your NZ founder Pete George was recently confirmed as a candidate for the Dunedin North Electorate. He sees the appointment of an acting leader as an important step in setting up the structure of the party.

Pete will oversee the establishment of other electorates for Your NZ, and once that is done he will be focussing on the Dunedin North campaign. Details will soon be released of the model of interactive democracy that will be set up.

Interest in Your NZ is spreading, by word of mouth and on social networks, and is proving research that indicated there are many people ready to look for a real alternative to the established parties.

The KiwiBlog challenge

I was challenged on Kiwblog last night and have posted a first response.

I find Kiwiblog easier to participate on these days, the general feel there seems to be more tolerant and accommodating of different views, although it can still be robust which is a good thing.

I first went to Kiwiblog two years ago, first simply to post some satire I’d written (on TV “news” programs), but I got drawn in to the fray. It was often very difficult, as if a gang member had sat in the middle of another’s patch. But there was enough that was worthwhile to persevere. I took a few knocks, and stood up to a few knockers.

And I learnt a lot. About politics. And about people interested in politics. The good, the bad, the ugly, and Johnboy.

Kiwiblog fitted into my idea of running an experiment to give ordinary people more of a say in politics, so was a great research tool.

My ideas preceded Kiwiblog. When Labour lost the last election (I didn’t think they should win and didn’t vote for them) I thought they would need some down to earth rebuilding. So I offered a local MP a connection with ordinary non-political people so they could keep in touch with “us out there”. She said “and yes I’d like to connect”, but she didn’t.

And I believe Labour have stayed disconnected from the real world people ever since. They’ve stumbled from disappointing to disappointing.

If Labour had recovered and looked like they were rebuilding into a good opposition party and prospective government in waiting I would have been ok with that, I would probably not back them this year because I think National have done well enough in very difficult times to deserve another term, but they would be in serious contention for 2014.

But Labour look to be in serious trouble, within themselves. The Standard is one reflection of that. I think it’s sad, but they don’t seem to want to face reality.

The other alternatives didn’t look encouraging either. I’ve voted Green tactically before but see them as a perpetual niche party. And there’s nothing else that looks worthy of a considered vote.

Talking to others, on blogs and around the community, it sounded like a common disappointment. Sick of the same old party antics. Too much mudslinging. Don’t listen. Don’t take any notice of us. Too closeted in their own party worlds.

So I decided to test the mood for something different.

The only way to find out if there is room for a wide spectrum responsive representative party is to try it. We’re lucky that in New Zealand anyone can stand for parliament, so I decided to go for it, and see who would like to join the movement, to offer a real difference, to make a real difference.

I know it hasn’t been done before. I don’t care about that. I really believe it can be done now.

Johnboy, that’s how I feel.

How YOU can make a BIG difference

  1.  Spread the word about Your NZ. Share, like, email, talk, blog, txt. We are spreading via people  and social media, under the main media radar.
  2.  Become a member. It’s not a promise to vote, it’s a promise to stand up for change, and it’s a promise to force change.
  3. Promote “Poll for Your NZ” – if we register in the polls we will be noticed and we will shake up NZ politics.

People for people.

More people, less party

We need more people in politics, ordinary people with ordinary life experience.
We need less party, less party influence, less party self obsession, less party poor behaviour.

Your NZ will do this two ways:

  • by adding a small group of MPs, people representing people. There are many interest groups represented in parliament – we will represent ordinary people.
  • by forcing other parties to change, when they see that people really do want to be heard more they will start listening more too.

We can change how we do politics in New Zealand. You can be a big part of that change. You will make it happen.

Your NZ won’t be government, but we can change how government does things by strongly representing ordinary people.

A small party can have a big voice. For you. For Your NZ.

And you can spread the word to make it happen.

Your NZ similar to Greens but also significant difference

Posted on Kiwiblog:

I thought it was a good interview too. The Greens are looking like one of the most sensible (how they act, not necessarily policies), practical, positive alternatives to National – but the standard of others is not hard to beat.

It’s interesting, I will standing against Turei in Dunedin North, and to an extent Your NZ is very similar albeit much newer than the Green Party.

Turei is her party co-leader and number 1 on their party list. She is passionate about what she is doing, and seems to be doing a good job – at cabinet level or just below cabinet level. She will be busy as leader, even busier should she become achieve an ambition to become a minister.

I don’t think Turei can give enough time and attention to an electorate, she’s working at a higher level. An appropriate list candidate.

There are similarities between the Green Party and where Your NZ wants to position itself.

Turei used a line, which I have advocated in the past they should use, that they can work constructively with both National and Labour and regardless of who forms the Government, they’ll aim to make it a greener Government.

Same for Your NZ, except instead of a green voice Your NZ wants to be a people’s voice (or lobby), to influence the government on behalf of electorate wishes. Government can’t be run by referendum, but they should listen more and ordinary people should have more influence.

Accurate determination of what people think and want = stronger democratic lobby to government.

It’s a good message which could well appeal to some swinging voters who may be saying they want John Key as Prime Minister but would like the Government to do more on environmental issues.

Also similar, except Your NZ would like the government to listen more to the people.

Again no one should think that if they have a choice, the Greens won’t install a Labour-led Government. They will, unless Labour totally alienate them.

Here we are different – Your NZ will pledge to support for Government the party that wins the most seats, we’re not slanted ideologically and believe in democratic majority.

But given the probability of at least a second term of a National-led Government, it is smart to portray yourselves as able to have influence, rather than just opposition.

It will take time for a new party to be accepted – that will happen much faster if the are a serious and positive contributor to the government of the day, and aren’t just another niggly “no” party.

The Green Party has a specific, narrow green constituency.
Your NZ represents a much wider “people’s voice”.