I’d leave this over at The Daily Blog, but I have had problems getting comments published there that even suggest that Martyn Bradbury leads the left from the behind.
In an otherwise rather reasonable rant against media outlets, he said:-
The Standard is currently searching for a new direction as that voice of the Left, but their pathetic and limp criticism of Labour selling out on 24 hour surveillance shows that the leash around their neck from head office has tightened.
Yeah right. It is no secret that I think Martyn Bradbury has a fragile ego, is a teeny bit inexperienced at blogging and politics. No doubt he will harden up over the coming decades.
But it gets irritating when he doesn’t even read who the author of the post he referring to was. That was a well written guest post by a long-time commenter. It got bounced around as a think piece in the author’s forums before it got posted for our commenters to have a look at. We like to have a look at different ideas before we have the usual post election review and get wound up for another 3 years of campaigning.
And us as a poodle of Labour? This coming from the person who looked like being the paid mouthpiece of Internet Mana throughout the election? FFS…. They got even less than my low estimate. But for some reason, Martyn appears to think that he is the only legitimate voice of the left.
We’ve been getting complaints from Labour figures for the few last years. Because many authors and commenters have not nice in our opinions about them, with bloody good reason. Their performances haven’t been up to the standard we expect of them.
I did take some actions to prevent my opinions interfering in the NZLP’s leadership election. That was simply courtesy for the staff on the sharp end of the complaints during a very constrained time period of the leadership campaign.
But as it happens I’d just informed Tim Barnett on Friday evening that I’d be dropping my membership of the Labour party at the end of the year. I’d already told most of the authors that when I wrote a unpublished post “Is my membership of the NZLP effective?” on the 16th of November. That started with this..
As a side note, and largely as a direct result of the various whining and complaints from inside Labour party from people who haven’t read our about, I’ve decided that my duties in running this site and being a NZLP member are incompatible. It leads to the perception that this is a Labour party site rather than a labour movement site.
It has been quite clear for some time that the Labour party and some of its members have little or no idea about how social media operates in practice. As evidenced by some of the strange (and dislocated in time) people inside Labour who spent the leadership contest giving Tim Barnett grief by trying to complain to the NZ council about my opinions.
So I’ve decided that I will be soon dropping my membership of the Labour party to concentrate on this site and other social media work for the left. Hopefully it will help those complainants to start dealing with a changing world.
Besides, I’ve found over the years that most effective way to change the NZLP culture is to simply build systems that cause them to change in self-defense. I think that not being a member of the NZLP will allow me to do more for them and any other parties of the left – even when they don’t understand the need.
While that decision distressed Mike Smith, I think that it is a necessary step. Running this site with limited time, I can’t be bothered with wasting my time dealing with the egos of fools being punctured by people having opinions about them. Just as I can’t be bothered too much about the fragile ego of Bomber and his similar problems.
But back to the Bomber’s strange opinions…
With Scoop about to collapse next month, The Standard, Public Address and Pundit are about to lose their largest revenue streams.
Oh dear, Bomber really has no idea how our site operates. Or how any of these sites operate. We haven’t really depended on advertising for most of the last year. I’d guess that nor has either of the other sites.
That Scoop has financial problems has been obvious for some time. Bomber gloating about it is a tad.. disgusting….
Personally I like dropping the size of the nut – the dollars and effort involved in running the site. It comes from my operations background. Rather than grandiose plans for expansion, I concentrate on figuring out how to run a bigger site with less effort and less money.
But since 2010, work has been interfering with my time to work on the site. So we wound up with increasing costs on running the site, which is why we allowed advertising. My personal objective has been to drop having any dependency on it at all.
In July, I finally wound up with several months of holiday pay after finishing my last job and before the next one. So our server costs dropped as I wangled the bugs out of the site and shifted to cheaper network bandwidth cost. The site went from costing close to $700 in July, to about $330 on election month (when our page views, visitor numbers and users doubled over the July figures) to $270 last month. It should hit $240 this month and my target is under $200.
So now we have an ability to triple the site volume without costing an extra cent. The bandwidth step went from 300GB/month (which we’d occasionally exceed post bug fixes) to 1000GB/mo.
Why $200/month? It is within the range that we were sustaining with personal donations back in 2009/10. Or by raising $3k from GetALittle a year seems trivial after some of the campaigns going on recently. And at that level, I could easily maintain the site myself without financial stress.
That isn’t Ad’s guest vision, but it is mine. They aren’t even incompatible visions.
Cost saving and developing social structure inside the site is a lot easier and a damn sight more interesting to me than being bothered running around raising money to go pro. If someone else wants to do it, then I’d probably help bootstrap it just as we did for many left blogs – including The Daily Blog.
But either way, I suspect that we’ll keep pushing our audience upwards. I’d also expect that Bomber will keep carping from his strange world.