And now for a list of the ten most viewed posts of the year. Interestingly the list has little comparison with the list of the ten most commented on posts with there being only three posts on both lists.
It was a big year for the Standard with August and September being by far the most popular months the site has ever had. Total page views during the year were 27% higher than any previous year. Between the election and Dirty Politics there was a lot to write about and discuss.
And now for the envelope …
Tenth was Stephanie Rodgers’ post election essay on how the return of National to power may not affect her personally too much but there were others living in New Zealand for who a continuation of the current regime will be a calamity. Her conclusion, that the campaign to get rid of National in 2017 has to start immediately because we have to do better for everyone.
Ninth was the announcement of Andrew Little’s election to the Labour Leadership. The result was a close thing but two months on and there is overwhelming support within the party for Andrew and confidence that he can do the job.
Eighth was lprent’s post on the Kim Dotcom organised Moment of Truth meeting held just before the election. The Greenwald and Snowden contributions were very important and disturbing but everything went pear shaped when Kim Dotcom failed to deliver the “smoking gun” linking Key to Warners and the decision to raid Dotcom mansion. The produced email was denied by Warners and the allegation fizzled.
Seventh was Karol’s live post on the launch of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. New Zealand politics will never be the same.
Sixth was Karol’s post of the announcement that Shane Jones was quitting politics to take up a job organised by National. The ethics of this still disturb me as there seems to be something wrong in a Government using public money to persuade an opposition Member of Parliament to resign from politics.
Fifth was Lprent’s post on how Facebook pages critical of John Key and his Government were apparently being shut down by Facebook. This post attracted over 1,000 Facebook comments or likes which may help explain its popularity.
The fourth was a guest post by former Police Undercover officer Rob Gilchrist on his dealings with Nicky Hager and how he completely trusted Hager and respected his judgement. Gilchrist is well known for his previous work in infiltrating left wing groups.
Third was Rocky’s post Brestapo post on how Carrick Graham bought and paid for posts on Whaleoil attacking breastfeeding and suggesting that infant formula is better. Again large Facebook and twitter activity pushed the number of views up.
Second was the election night watch. Reading it brings back many painful memories …
And the most popular post on the Standard in 2014 was …
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Stephanie Rodgers post on the cost of a bowl of weetbix where she took on Nicky Kaye for Kaye’s support for a claim that breakfast for a kid cost only 55c. Stephanie countered with a realistic if optimistic weekly budget that showed how little beneficiaries had to live on. Huge Facebook activity (over 9,000 likes or comments) boosted this post. It is also the second most popular post ever published on the Standard.
Happy new year to you all. May 2015 be better for the planet and for all progressive movements than 2014 was.