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Lots of good posts in 2009.

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 pm, January 21st, 2010 - 24 comments
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I was pulling out the stats for 2009 so I could update Tumeke blog rankings about who authors on this site so Tim could update the names under our site name. Rather than just send it to him, I thought I’d post it here and send him a link 😈

Because I wanted to understand the shift in the dynamic amongst authors, I included the post figures for the same authors from election year 2008.

Eddie 418 29
Marty G 291
The Standard 207
Guest post 194 25
lprent 150 66
r0b 137
Zetetic 134
IrishBill 112 128
Tane 107 215
Steve Pierson 107 768
all_your_base 103 285
the sprout 85
John A 54 21
Dancr / Dancer 49 141
rocky 37
Michael Foxglove 25
Demeter 14
Sam Cash 12 4
Redlogix 11
Tammy Gordon 7
others 28
TOTAL 2254 1710

So more posts and by more people than in the election year, all with differing viewpoints of the left. People dropping in and out of authoring posts. Nearly two hundred Guest Posts 1, and  hundreds of notices or reflection posts from other sites published as The Standard 2.

Apart from having to put up with a incompetent NACT government, it has been a good year for The Standard 3. We’re becoming the coop of left-leaning bloggers that was originally envisaged. Putting our various spins on the issues of the day, decade, and generations. We do this all with few resources apart from the awesome talents and dedication of the authors 5.

I’ll have a separate look at the comment stats sometime shortly so I can laud those who keep making our authors get that little bit better all of the time.

  1. If you want to do a guest post on a topic that is close to your heart. Just send it to The Standards email address in Contact Us.
    As a guideline, ideally get them under 400 words (and use links rather than explaining everything), and if you can’t say it in less than 800 words then break it up into several posts. But long long posts tend to indicate that you haven’t quite figured out how to make your point.
    We won’t edit your content apart from egregious spelling mistakes and formatting to get on the page. But we also won’t put everything up, and it may have to wait for a break in the schedule (or a weekend).
  2. If you want a notice up about a meeting or event that will be of interest to the left, then send it to Contact us. Ideally don’t send it on the day that the event is meant to happen. We all work (even rocky does), and
  3. What was particularly hilarious in 2009 was listening to the deafening silence from those illiterates 4 at the Sewer and other right blogs who in 2008 were confidently predicting that The Standard would cease post election when Helen left the 9th floor of the Beehive.
  4. They must be illiterate. Clearly incapable of reading our simple About that has stated who and what we are since 2007. If they’re incapable of understanding that and they aren’t illiterate, then I fear they have a shallow grasp of reality.
  5. When I was budgeting over Xmas, I figured out the actual running costs of the site for 2009. It came out at $720. However half of that has been paid by a large number of small contributions of $20-$50 using the PayPal donate button in the left sidebar that I added late in the year. Thanks a lot to all of those anonymous donors. You’re allowing me to run the site without getting Lyn too disturbed about the costs 6.
  6. But like all bloggers with partners, Lyn sometimes gets annoyed with the time I spend on the site. Fortunately the large amounts of time she spends on her documentary shields me from most recrimination… She is off to Tahiti at the weekend to do the a premiere at the film festival there for Polynesia. I’ll add a link when they finalize the new website.
  7. As always, you can thank Terry Prachett for the idea of adding footnotes to expand, explain and enhance the editorial text.

24 comments on “Lots of good posts in 2009. ”

  1. Mac1 1

    And well done to you all. For one living in Ruritorya, a read of and even occasional comment to a left wing blog is a looked forward to daily occurrence.

    Lynn, lang may your lum reek.

  2. QoT 2

    But lprent, to blame Pratchett for the footnotes would imply there is something bad about footnotes. And that’s just a thoughtcrime.

  3. RedLogix 3

    It’s a crap excuse I know, but MartyG is just so damned good it’s intimidating. He writes all the posts I wish I could. Plus I’ve been out in the bush a lot more recently… frankly it’s better for me. (And maybe everyone else.. who knows.) Dreamtime.

    All the same Lynn, many thanks for all the time and effort to keep The Standard going. It’s much appreciated.

    • lprent 3.1

      Yeah, I know the feeling. But you notice that Eddies consistent posting all year put him at the top of the table. I had to check that….

  4. felix 4

    Eddie wins!

    Well done all. Especially you Lynn, balancing your many hats.

    • Eddie 4.1

      crikey. we talked about me doing the anchor role when SP and Tane left. I didn’t realise I had taken it that far. That’s about two every week day.

      Dunno if I can keep that level up. And it’s good to cycle the main poster I reckon. Hey, Marty…. 😉

  5. BLiP 5

    Footnotes 3 and 4 are interesting. Can the righties not believe what they read because what they themselves write are lies?

    My personal thanks to The Standard – I’ve learned more from reading and participating here over the last year or so than I ever did in the last 10 years worth of MSM.

  6. We won’t edit your content apart from egarious spelling mistakes

    Oh very clever! That would be, “egregious”….

  7. logie97 7

    Brilliant work. It is nice to read a blog that is considered and measured. The comments are stimulating and we appreciate the moderation (albeit time consuming for you) that saves our senses from the sewer dwellers. And we know of course when you touch a nerve, because then the jack-booters attempt to stifle discussion with their grubby vitriol.

  8. burt 8

    I’m sorry lprent, you know the rules on this one. “The Standard” is not an author it is a piece of software.

    You are banned for publishing a table showing a piece of software authored 207 posts.

    • Marty G 8.1

      You must be a lot of fun at parties, burt.

      We introduced ‘The Standard’ for all that impersonal stuff – events, notices etc. Even considered calling it something other than ‘The Standard’ just for people like you but then we thought ‘stuff it’

    • lprent 8.2

      Its internal name (ie the one it got set up with) is something like ‘features and events’. But that was a bit unwieldy, too boring, and looked like categories.

      There was a flurry of e-mails and no-one could think of anything better than the site name.

      However, I don’t care if people refer to those posts as being The Standard. They seldom have opinion in them unless it comes from the whoever provided event data.

      You just sound like you’re carping because you like whining. Must be time to take up fishing…

  9. rob 9

    At least its better than a right wing collaborative site, that has only one author since sept last year…

    cant be bothered mentioning his/her name… but I wish they would supress themselves 🙂

  10. Michael 10

    I haven’t commented here before, and I thought this would be a nice place to say ‘thank you’. I’ve been reading The Standard since early 2008 and I love it to bits. So thanks to everyone for all the hard work put into this.

  11. Anne 11

    Thanks for all the thought provoking material. Long may it continue.

  12. As for the egregious American spelling what about the porangi Maori spelling – it’s TUMEKE not Tumuke FFS. Having said that… thanks for the blog authors update (and the interesting posting data). I will most likely complete the December survey by Monday and will have incorporated your update.

    If you would like to add the blog author’s party affiliations that would be of some value to the blogosphere audience too.

    • lprent 12.1

      Sorry. For some reason I had more errors in this post than almost any others.

      One problem is that I really don’t know many of the authors party affiliations, and many of them are typically GenX/Y and deeply ambiguous.

      They are usually left, some support Labour, many are green in attitude and sometimes party, and some (like IrishBill) appear to only have party affiliations to stop a party or candidate from losing their deposits.

      However I’m left / labour. However I think I write the majority of the ‘green’ posts on this site because of my science background……

      Labels are a bit tricky around here… 😈

  13. roger nome 13

    I’d say the Standard is by far the most informative and well-researched political blog in NZ. Big ups guys! You’ve become an indispensable part of this left-leaning political nerd’s life. Long live the Standard!

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