Kiwiblog’s 10th birthday party

August 15th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

My first post on was on the 27th of July 2003, so has just had its 10th birthday. Over the decade has had:

  • 22 million visits
  • Almost 45 million page views
  • Around 30,000 posts on 5,000 different topics
  • Over one million comments made.

As I was in New Orleans on the 27th of July, I’ve delayed the 10th birthday party until this month. There are three parts to it.

Part 1

On Tuesday 27 August (10 years and 1 month) we’re having a cocktail party to celebrate the 10th birthday that evening. My thanks to sponsors Kensington Swan, Ideas Shop, Independent Liquor and Wineseeker for coming to the party (literally) and making it happen.

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In what are bound to become collector items, we will have both a special Kiwiblog RTD at the party, and also special Kiwiblog label pinot noirs and sauvignon blancs (plus beer). It should be a great night.

Sadly the venue can only hold 120 or so people, so that function is invite only. But I am providing an opportunity for readers to come along.

Part 2

I’m also hosting a public party at the Backbencher on Wednesday 21 August. I’ll be there from 5 pm onwards, and any and all readers are warmly invited to pop in for a drink. I’m working on seeing if we can get some Kiwiblog RTDs and wine made available, but there are some issues with liquor laws which we are working through. But at worst, you’ll have all the other drinks available at the Backbencher to choose from (cash bar).

We’ll also have a jar there and if you bring along your business card (or write name on a piece of paper), we’ll have a draw just before 6.30 pm for half a dozen or so tickets to the cocktail party the following week.

Whether you’re a regular commenter, an occasional contributor or a lurking reader – all welcome.

Part 3

On the same night (Wed 21 August), there will be a special episode of Backbenches focusing on Parliament, politics and social media. The filing is delayed slightly (starting 6.30 pm) to allow more time for drinks before hand (and hopefully afterwards). I understand the MPs appearing are prominent tweeters Trevor Mallard, Tau Henare and Asenati Lole-Taylor – so it should be a provocative night. It’s the second to last Backbenches of 2013, so if you want to attend a show, come along.

It’s been a fun ten years of blogging. I blog because I enjoy it – that is my main motivation. Thanks to all those who have contributed over the years, and hopefully see some of you next Wednesday.

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45 Responses to “Kiwiblog’s 10th birthday party”

  1. JeffW (327 comments) says:

    Congrats and well done.
    When’s the AKL party?

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  2. wreck1080 (4,001 comments) says:

    time to retire?

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  3. straya (88 comments) says:

    Congratulations David.

    Some questions, if I may.

    1. Do you see yourself continuing to do this for the indefinite future?

    2. 30,000 posts is just astonishing. Any that you are particularly proud of, or wish you hadn’t written?

    [DPF: Yes I plan to blog until I die, albeit maybe at a reduced intensity in my waning years!

    A few I sort of regret but none in a major way. Probably most proud of my series on Labour’s 2005 electoral breaches, the posts in support of same sex marriage, the campaign against the EFA, the post with Grant Robertson on urgency which helped halt its use to name a few]

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  4. Black with a Vengeance (1,868 comments) says:

    Not a bad effort alright…cheers!

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  5. iMP (2,457 comments) says:

    Tuesday 27 August. Kiwiblotto day UndertheBenches?

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  6. David Garrett (7,701 comments) says:

    Well done DPF…I consider myself a pretty well read and well informed man….and I learn something from others far more knowledgeable than me almost every time I visit KB

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  7. smttc (767 comments) says:

    If you don’t starting posting at a higher rate, Pete George’s number of comments will soon overtake your number of posts.

    Anyway congratulations on 10 years of excellent and at times, thought provoking blog posts.

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  8. infused (584 comments) says:

    Should get an invite ;)

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  9. kiwi in america (2,314 comments) says:

    Great effort David – congratulations on a momentous milestone!

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  10. petal (706 comments) says:

    Congratulations David. I followed your work for much longer than that. Getting close to 20 years ago, surely, when nz.general and nz.politics were the Place To Be. Here’s to your next 10.

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  11. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    the post with Grant Robertson on urgency which helped halt its use

    Halt?

    [DPF: A halt tends to be temporary, not permanent!]

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  12. sparky (235 comments) says:

    Fantastic effort David. BIG CONGRATULATIONS on a fantastic Blog.

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  13. Elaycee (4,425 comments) says:

    Goodonya DPF – a brilliant effort. I’m sure the celebrations in the Capital will go long into the night!

    Make sure you share the pikkies! :D

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  14. Manolo (14,179 comments) says:

    Sincere congratulations, DPF. You deserve the honours for KB, this excellent idea.

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  15. Kea (13,573 comments) says:

    Great effort. KB is the best blog in NZ by far. I wish I could be there for drinkies with my fellow progs, gays and communists, but it is a week too early for me :)

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  16. iMP (2,457 comments) says:

    only those who complete the 5km run first are eligible for tickets.

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  17. calendar girl (1,259 comments) says:

    To celebrate the occasion, our genial host could grant remission of Johnboy’s two final days of KB suspension!

    An outstanding achievement, David. All of us have learned a great deal through being exposed to your blog. Thanks.

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  18. Monique Angel (297 comments) says:

    Yeah. I wish I could come along. But the kids are in diapers and I’m in full construction phase in business. Can’t get away.
    Bugger.
    It has the potential to be wild fun.
    Can you imagine:
    The guests and potential outcomes:
    Will David Garrett steal the identity of a Mr Whippy ice-cream salesperson.
    Will Andrea Vance and Peter Dunne’s Jennifer start a market garden together.
    Will Whaleoil kill a deer and will someone lick Cathy Odgers cheek.
    That’s just before pre-dinner drinks;

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  19. PaulL (5,450 comments) says:

    Congrats DPF. You continue to run one of the most open parts of the internet, and the tolerance you show to those who are using your bandwidth to abuse you is quite amazing to my mind. Well done for living the values you espouse.

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  20. Lucia Maria (2,655 comments) says:

    Congrats!!

    This is one of the blogs I have always visited daily or almost daily for not quite ten years. Maybe eight?

    I might even pop down there, in the flesh so to speak.

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  21. adze (2,130 comments) says:

    Well done DPF, and thanks for providing a quality centre-right blog.

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  22. Keeping Stock (9,384 comments) says:

    Great stuff DPF – I won’t be able to join you for a celebratory drink, but I will be with you in spirit(s) :D

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  23. Stuart (41 comments) says:

    Congratulations from the lurking readers/occasional commenters group!

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  24. Steve (North Shore) (4,537 comments) says:

    “Congratulations from the lurking readers/occasional commenters group!”

    Me 2

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  25. Pete George (23,832 comments) says:

    It’s a huge effort and commitment from DPF and very much appreciated, both the expert political posts and the most open political forum in the country.

    Ten years is a lot of blogging, I’m a relative newbie. And a lot of commenting, the rate others are going (and I’m going now) I’ll be well overtaken by 2023.

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  26. big bruv (14,224 comments) says:

    DPF,

    If you want the night to be a hit I implore you to invite the following contributors. For obvious reasons they all have to be seated at the same table.

    Dime
    Lucia
    PG
    Redbaiter (well both Redbaiters given he is fond of talking about himself in the third person)
    bereal
    Johnboy
    Kea

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  27. big bruv (14,224 comments) says:

    “I might even pop down there, in the flesh so to speak.”

    What???

    You mentioned Flesh Lucia, fifteen hail Mary’s for you before bed.

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  28. Pete George (23,832 comments) says:

    big bruv – I would happily talk civilly face to face with anyone who comments here. But I don’t expect to be in Wellington.

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  29. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    That’s a stellar effort DPF. Although I’m sure the celebrations will be more than Stella – I’m sure Neil has keyed you onto far better options than that.

    I hope to toast you and your achievement in person next Wednesday night.

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  30. Dennis Horne (2,403 comments) says:

    @big bruv. Flesh? Did I misread it? I took it as a threat ;)

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  31. wreck1080 (4,001 comments) says:

    jeez i was only joking. What a bunch of dour people.

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  32. Don the Kiwi (1,821 comments) says:

    Excellent David.
    I have not always agreed with your social views, and apart from your periodic lurch into progressivism, I agree with your political views.
    Yours is IMO the best blog in NZ – Whaleoil is infantile in comparison. Congratulations.

    You can always call by Tauranga some time and have a beer or whatever with the few who inhabit this idyllic part of Godzone. Just let us know.

    Best wishes for your future.

    (the rabid catholic) Don Beckett ;-)_

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  33. lofty (1,317 comments) says:

    Congrats big boy, and well done.
    I enjoy and read through everyday almost without fail, and enjoy the blog.
    Sorry I cannot make Wetaville for the hoolie, but I will probably see you in the Koru club at some stage and we can toast your considerable success and influence.
    Stick with it.
    Regards
    Lofty

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  34. Fisiani (1,052 comments) says:

    Looking forward to catching up next Wed. Best blog in NZ. Read by every politician and journo .

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  35. Left Right and Centre (3,014 comments) says:

    Excellent effort David Farrar.

    I wish I had a cool blog.

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  36. Honeybadger (267 comments) says:

    David, I have enjoyed your blog for some considerable time, and only recently started sharing my thoughts on it. I read a few others (dont we all?) and find your posts the most thought provoking, long may it last David, and congratulations on achieving a decade! Hopefully ‘see you there’..

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  37. Yoza (1,927 comments) says:

    Yes, well done. I watched Terminator 3 the other day, which came out in 2003. It was interesting watching that to see how far cell phone and computer technology has advanced in just 10 years.

    10 years from now I might have 3D Kiwiblogger holograms yelling at me in my lounge.

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  38. Nigel (493 comments) says:

    Congrats David, well done !!!.

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  39. sbk (313 comments) says:

    “I might have 3D Kiwiblogger holograms yelling at me in my lounge”…shudder.

    Congrats on a blog done welll.

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  40. RRM (10,104 comments) says:

    Good sh!t DPF… ten years and still the only NZ political blog worth reading.

    Congratulations on a big milestone, and congratulations on not being a screaming lunatic like all the rest of them….

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  41. Dirty Rat (383 comments) says:

    Congrats David.

    A very enjoyable blog

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  42. Harriet (5,201 comments) says:

    “…….Sadly the venue can only hold 120 or so people, so that function is invite only. But I am providing an opportunity for readers to come along…………Probably most proud of my series on Labour’s 2005 electoral breaches, the posts in support of same sex marriage,……..”

    Looks like I won’t be getting an invite then. :cool:

    Anyway, congratulations David, your service to the public of NZ via Kiwiblog is a great achievement and a much needed voice within the realm of political media commentry. Cheers.

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  43. ChardonnayGuy (1,232 comments) says:

    Happy anniversary, David. Ten years and still the best blog on the centre right!

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  44. CraigM (541 comments) says:

    Thanks for many years of entertainment, enlightenment, frustration, laughs and a fair amount of head shaking
    and eye rolling.
    You certainly have collected an ecclectic group of followers along the way.
    Long may you continue to have fun with your passion.

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  45. RandySavage (223 comments) says:

    Kiwiblog is the McDonalds of the Nz blogosphere
    Popular but with zero nutritional value for the Consumer
    If isn’t useless propaganda its vapid images of equally vapid trips

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