Kiwiblog’s 5th birthday

July 27th, 2008 at 1:32 pm by David Farrar

is five years old today. Contrary to what many may think I was not one of the early bloggers. I got into it six to twelve months after it started to get relatively popular. My inspiration was the now dead NZ Pundit, which I got addicted to reading every day.

One day I decided to give it a go myself and Gordon K kindly set me up on his server alongside NZ Pundit.

It has been somewhat weird that in five years it is now the activity I am most associated with, when it is in fact still just my hobby.

So what are the stats for the last five years:

  • 10,702 posts
  • 342,229 comments
  • 1,424 unique tags
  • 2,972 registered commenters
  • Approx 9,500,000 visits
  • Over 2.5 TB of data downloaded

Kiwiblog should hit visitor number 10 million in September!

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30 Responses to “Kiwiblog’s 5th birthday”

  1. Richard (94 comments) says:

    Happy Birthday KiwiBlog!

    Does this mean KB has to go to skool now that it’s 5?

    The government knows best on all things, and I believe it should :-)

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  2. Matt Nolan (73 comments) says:

    Congratulations :)

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  3. radvad (620 comments) says:

    Congratulations and much more happy mischief to be fomented no doubt.

    David, have you ever considered expanding your brand and developing a more journalistic, investigative style? For example, I think you could have used your obvious clout to delve deeper into the Peters\Glenn\Jones saga. There are many questions the media did not ask that have been raised in this forum, both by yourself and commenters.

    Just a thought.

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  4. Bryan Spondre (554 comments) says:

    Happy Birthday Kiwiblog: no you don’t have to start school till you are six. Then you have to undergo nine years of socialist re-education.

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  5. Monty (949 comments) says:

    David as a very regular (ie at least daily) reader of your blog forthe past four years thank you for the opportunity to read and enjoy your blog and being able to comment. I believe you have become a powerful force in NZ politics and I am just very grateful that you sit with National andnot the left. Labour have been very nervous about you for a long time, and with good cause – your fight on the EFA is something Labour did not count on and I suspect it would have gone well below the radar had it not been for your efforts.

    Keep up the good work.

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  6. Inventory2 (9,791 comments) says:

    Congrats DPF – Keeping Stock is around a week shy of it’s FIRST birthday, and I frequently feel the pressure, so for you to have combined business, blogging and an active social life in an achievement indeed – well done Sir!

    PS – Maybe the Nats will give you a Directorship or five!

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  7. Richard (130 comments) says:

    Congratulations DPF. Dread to think how many posts you’d make if this was more than a hobby!

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  8. homepaddock (429 comments) says:

    Congratulatiosn on five years of intelligent, articulate blogging & happily fomenting mischief.

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  9. Murray (8,835 comments) says:

    My 6th was on back on the 9th of July.

    Ya newbie.

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  10. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Hope you can atleast cover your costs David. I bet your mates from the left would love your stats. Anyhow thanks for all your hard work and wish you further success.

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  11. Zippy Gonzales (485 comments) says:

    Hippy Blogday, DPF.

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  12. getstaffed (9,188 comments) says:

    Happy birthday Kiwiblog… and thanks David for hosting this rabble. We appreciate you!

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  13. Wycroft (820 comments) says:

    Thank you DPF; your efforts are much appreciated.

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  14. Manolo (12,643 comments) says:

    I also want to congratulate DPF for his efforts in reaching this milestone. Well done!

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  15. Nomestradamus (2,772 comments) says:

    DPF:

    Happy birthday Kiwiblog!

    Seeing as the leftie brigade is conspicuously silent, perhaps because it’s beneath them to say anything remotely nice about Kiwiblog, I thought I’d channel Tane from your “10,000 posts” thread back in May [probably the only time he's ever received positive karma]:

    # Tane (1088) Add karma Subtract karma +9 Says:
    May 9th, 2008 at 8:05 am

    To the contrary, I think David has done well to get this many under his belt. I know how hard it is to find time to do even a couple a week so 10,000 is quite a milestone, whatever I may think of DPF’s politics.

    [DPF: Ta. I spend far more time than is sensible on the blog, but I do enjoy it]

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  16. adamsmith1922 (879 comments) says:

    Congratulations, long may it continue

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  17. Andrew W (1,629 comments) says:

    Well done David, with this blog you’ve made a huge contribution to our understanding of those political critters

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  18. pseudonymous (69 comments) says:

    DPF_
    As a 61 yo new devotee, many thanks for your insight, tongue in cheek observations and overall your common sense approach to all things political.
    Would love to have a beer with you one day.
    Regards
    jacko

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  19. stuarts-burgers (98 comments) says:

    Yes Jacko we need another round of bloggers drinks Welly and Auck get their share but we need a CHCH afternoon again

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  20. ghostwhowalks2 (126 comments) says:

    Note this from the first days…

    The MP for Courtenay Place, Rt Hon Winston Peters, is not being charged by Police over the dispute with a Somali taxi driver.

    The terrier has never let go of its bone!

    Happy Birthday KB

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  21. stayathomemum (140 comments) says:

    Happy Birthday KiwiBlog and thank you v much DPF for your time and commitment. KiwiBlog is a necessary and valuable contribution to NZ’s political comment – well balanced, intelligent and insightful. Congratulations, keep it up, and I look forward to the next 5 years!

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  22. 3-coil (1,184 comments) says:

    Happy Birthday KB – hasn’t time flown!

    Thanks too for all the effort you put in David, it is very much appreciated.

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  23. Michaels (1,317 comments) says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KIWIBLOG
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU……
    know go cut down fucking Winston for your pressie!!!!

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  24. Michaels (1,317 comments) says:

    I figured it out…. I can’t log out yet I can’t log in either…. I am really truly stuck in cyber space!!!!
    I can’t log out, yet I can’t log into another….
    Oh the rains are messing with us tonight!!

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  25. freedom101 (439 comments) says:

    DPF, you are worth a dozen back bench opposition MPs. Keep up the good work. I just wonder how you will get on once National gains office. How will you forment happy mischief then? Good luck, and here’s the Fall of Helengrad in November. Drinks all round!!

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  26. Barnsley Bill (931 comments) says:

    David will have plenty of topics to blog on if the nats get a crack in November. The amount of skeletons stacked by the labour party in the last decade will probably take three years to all fall out.

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  27. peteremcc (341 comments) says:

    Actually, NZ Pundit has returned over the last few weeks.

    Congrats David.

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  28. NX (597 comments) says:

    Happy Birthday Kiwiblog.

    If The Standard reaches this milestone – I’ll eat my hat!

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  29. kaykaybee (122 comments) says:

    Happy Birthday KB and congrats to you David. You have pretty well single-handedly altered the NZ online political landscape and made bloggery (!!) mainstream and legitimate.

    One particular achievement to my mind, is your mastery of the detail of the dreaded EFA, and your commitment to both public education, awareness and mobilisation of opposition.

    Keep it up

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  30. Alice (17 comments) says:

    Happy Birthday Kiwiblog. David, you really are a brilliant political commentator – the best this country has ever had in fact. I can’t start my day without checking out your website to read the latest posts – very addictive. Keep up the great work!

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