365 days of gratitude


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.




The blogging year


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


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.

2014 blogging in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 450,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 19 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Among the stats are most viewed posts:

The top referring sites:

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

No Minister is consistently the site from which most visitors come.

Keeping Stock is still a top referrer even though, sadly, it has gone into recess.

And the five most active commenters:


  • 1 robertguyton 1286 comments
  • 2 TraceyS 1197 comments
  • 3 Dave Kennedy 1045 comments
  • 4 Mr E 984 comments
  • 5 Andrei 645 comments

Thank you all for reading and even more for contributing to conversations.

I’ve been blogging much less since late September. Readership has dropped as a consequence – I’m hoping that’s a case of less quantity and more quality. 🙂

P.S. Thanks to WordPress and its staff who provide the platform for this blog, give prompt and helpful assistance when it’s required and provide such good service.


2013 in review


The clever WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 370,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 16 days for that many people to see it. . . 

The top referring sites were:

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

The most prolific commenters were:

  • 1 TraceyS 1383 comments
  • 2 robertguyton 811 comments
  • 3 Andrei 722 comments
  • 4 Viv 629 comments
  • 5 Armchair Critic 448 comments

Thank you to the people who write the blogs which refer readers here, the people who visit and the people who comment.

Click here to see the complete report.

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 300,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

The top referring sites were:

  1. nominister.blogspot.co.nz
  2. kiwiblog.co.nz
  3. nzconservative.blogspot.co.nz
  4. keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz
  5. asianinvasion2006.blogspot.co.nz (Cactus Kate)

The post which got the most comments (51) was water quality concern for all.

The people who made the most comments were:

Robert Guyton # 1 and # 5 is the same person, I think he gets two spots because some comments are linked to his blog and others aren’t.

Thank you all for visiting, those who link and hat tip from their blogs and those who join the conversation.

I appreciate your comments, whether or not I agree with them. A conversation among several is far more interesting than a one-woman diatribe.

I especially appreciate that almost everyone debates the topic and critiques arguments rather than resorting to personal criticism.

I think I had to delete only one comment last year and only rarely had to take a deep breath.

And thanks to WordPress for the blogging platform and excellent service on the very rare occasions I’ve needed help.

Click here to see the complete report.

Comment problems


Several people have let me know they’re having problems posting comments.

A couple of them have since managed to leave comments and one emailed to say a lengthy process involving much desk-banging when all else failed seems to have solved the problem.

It appears to be a problem with  email addresses associated with old WordPress accounts.

I could ask if anyone else is having problems but that’s a bit like asking can-you-hear-me in a crowded room.

Apropos of comment problems, I often have trouble leaving comments on Blogspot blogs and recently haven’t been able to leave any from a WordPress address though it usually works if I sign in with a Google address.


2011 in blogging


One of the services WordPress supplies for its bloggers is an annual report at year’s end.

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 330,000times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 4 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

In 2011, there were 2,419 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 8,791 posts. There were 93 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 20th with 1,947 views . . .

The top referring sites were:





asianinvasian.blogspot.com (Cactus Kate).

The most active commenters were: Robert Guyton 1008 comments, Gravedodger 604 commments; Andrei 539 comments; PDM 311 comments and Inventory 2 249 comments.

Thank you WordPress and all readers and commenters.

UPDATE: Open Parachute has December’s sitemeter rankings and Whaleoil is now #1 with  260294 unique visitors last month.

WordPress still inaccessible for some


Andrei at NZ Conservative is finding that yesterday’s problem accessing WordPress blogs is still going on.

The cause of the problem is DDoS attacks (which is beyond my limited understanding of technology to explain).

I can’t get my own or any other WordPress blogs on my phone but haven’t found any problems accessing any of them on my home computer of my farmer’s and my laptops.

I can also read updated RSS feeds of posts from WordPress blogs on Google Reader.

Not everyone is having access problems. There haven’t been many comments this weekend but the number of visitors is slightly ahead of the number last Saturday and Sunday.

What’s up with WordPress?


A reader emailed saying he couldn’t access this blog or any others which use Wordpress.

I’ve had the same problem from my phone (an android). I could view Kiwiblog which uses WordPress but none of those I tried with a .wordpress.com address.

However, I’ve had no problem with this or other WordPress blogs from my laptop.

If you’re reading this – and reader numbers haven’t shown a marked fall – then obviously you aren’t having a problem. I’d be interested to know if you’ve noticed any difficulties accessing this or other WordPress blogs or have any idea why some people can’t connect to it.

Lost links


Has anyone else using WordPress lost the ability to link?

When I select the words I want to highlight and click on the link symbol I get a mesage saying error on page.

I first noticed this when using my laptop so borrowed my farmer’s laptop and then tried the PC at home. All get the same result which suggests it’s not the computer but something to do with either WordPress in general or my blog in particular.

Anyone else having blog trouble?


Late this afternoon I couldn’t access any WordPress blog, including this one, although I could get to other web pages, including blogspot blogs.

Now Worpdress problems seem to be sorted but twice tonight I haven’t been able to post comments on blogspot blogs (I keep getting a message saying there are errors in this form).

Is anyone else having problems and does anyone know how to solve them?

UPDATE: The comment problem has solved itself. maybe it was just a temporary tantrum from  the tech fairy.

WordPress co-founder speaks to Kim Hill


Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress (on which this and many other blogs depend) was interviewed by Kim Hill yesterday morning.

You can isten to the disucssion here .

In praise of WordPress


When I started blogging, I chose WordPress because I noticed a link saying blog at WordPress at the bottom of  Poneke which was one of my regular reads.

Starting was easy and any problems I’ve had since have almost always been due to operator-error, not WordPress.

Then on Monday, I came home from a few hours away visiting whanau to find the sidebar had disappeared from the homepage.

I exhausted my meagre techinical toolkit pretty quickly and went to bed hoping it might heal itself overnight.

It didn’t so I sent a message to WordPress support. The lovely people there sorted it out and sent an email with  a link to help me sort it out myself should it happen again.

Three cheers for WordPress.

Why is the sidebar playing games?


The sidebar has disappeared from the Homepaddock homepage but reappears when I click on a post.

Should I take this personally, or are other people with WordPress blogs finding their sidebar is playing hide and seek?

And does anyone know how I can get it back on the homepage?

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