365 days of gratitude

April 22, 2018

It’s 10 years today since I started blogging.

My introduction to blogs came through reading Kiwiblog which introduced me to other blogs, including No Minister, Lindsay MitchellNot PC, Whale Oil, and the sadly gone but not forgotten Cactus Kate and Keeping Stock.

Reading led to commenting and that led to the thought I could start my own blog. I happened to mention that thought to a friend who is much more computer savvy than I am, she said it would be easy and thanks to WordPress, it was.

Once I started blogging I found other blogs and different news sites which, for a while supplanted books.

A trip to Argentina for a couple of weddings when I had no internet access for several days at a time persuaded me that less blogging would be more healthy and I cut back on computer time.

Every now and then I contemplate giving up altogether and perhaps I will one day.

But not yet.

I still enjoy the writing and, whether or not I agree with them, the contribution from those who leave comments.

Without them this would be a very one-sided conversation. With them there’s variety and for that, and the people who provide it, I’m grateful.




2015 in review

January 12, 2017

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 270,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 12 days for that many people to see it. . . 


How did they find you?

The top referring sites (thank you)  in 2015 were:

No Minister 
Keeping Stock (who hasn’t blogged for a couple of years. This shows he still has a lot of fans).

The 5 most active commenters were:

Dave Kennedy  1626 COMMENTS


TraceyS 1021 COMMENTS

farmerbraun 562 COMMENTS


Thanks to those of you who pop in to read and special thanks to those of you who add to the conversation too.

I’m enjoying blogging less, but have no intention of giving up altogether yet.

Click here to see the complete report.

The blogging year

December 30, 2015

The wonderful WordPress support has come up with a report of my blogging year.

Posts which got the most comments were:

The top referring sites in 2015 were:

  1. nominister.blogspot.co.nz
  2. kiwiblog.co.nz
  3. keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz
  4. twitter.com
  5. facebook.com

Keeping Stock no longer blogs but is obviously still frequently visited.

Visitors came from 163 countries and the most frequent commenters were:

Your most commented on post in 2015 was Saturday soapbox

These were your 5 most active commenters:

Thanks for popping by and especially for commenting.

I’m enjoying blogging less but still appreciate the interaction.



Tech request – updated

October 6, 2015

I updated software on my iPad on Sunday and found I couldn’t log into my blog.

I updated software on my iPhone today and can’t get into my blog on it either.

WordPress support are trying to help but haven’t yet solved the problem.

If anyone else has a solution I’d be grateful.


The tech fairy at WordPress suggested it was a problem with Safari and advised me to download Google Chrome which I did and it’s allowed me to log-in.

Blogging lighter still

August 20, 2015

It’s nearly 11 months since I decided I was going to be blogging lighter.

In that time I’ve spent more time with family and friends, exercised more, read more books, put more time and effort in to cooking . .  .

But I haven’t given the time and attention to a couple of projects on my to-do list.

They involve writing and I’ve been kidding myself that any writing is good practice. But blogging is only good practice for the projects in the way that wandering along a beach could be considered training for a marathon.

Because of that I’m planning to blog even lighter still.

The posts I can do ahead – history, quote and word of the day and Saturday and Sunday soapboxes will still appear most days. I’ll also do some rural round-ups.

But other posts will be few and far between.

Thank you to all of you who’ve popped by.

Thank you especially to those who have taken the time to comment, I hope you still will.

Blog birthday

April 22, 2015

It is seven years since I launched this blog and this is the 18,326th post.

There’ve been 46,886 comments published and  1,614,405 more have been rejected as spam.

In September last year I wrote I would be blogging lighter.

That was the truth but not the whole truth.

I did want to reduce the number of posts I wrote but I didn’t say one reason for that was I was going to India for three weeks and wanted to enjoy the company of friends and all we were seeing and doing without the niggle of the need to write distracting me.

I thought I might go back to writing more posts when we returned and some days I do. But mostly I stick with just a few and I plan to continue that.

Thanks for popping by and thanks especially to those of you who contribute to the conversation.

First ban hopefully last

March 21, 2015

Today’s word of the day, avaunt meaning depart, begone, was chosen this morning and has proved to be appropriate.

Robert Guyton is one of very few whose comments I’ve ever edited, the only one whose comments were ever put on moderation and now the first I’ve banned.

I sympathised with those who called for that earlier but while he kept within the rules, however close he skated to the edge, I resisted.

Today he went too far in breaking name suppression.

I hope this will be the last person I ban.

I accept comments with a wide spectrum of views. I don’t want ones which abuse or are personal and I won’t accept any which break the law.

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