2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

A Happy New Year to all my blog viewers. I hope I continue to find things of some interest to you!

Page 82, Sentence 3.

Women make up over 40% of the newer students. Does this mean they make up just under 60% of the older students? Or might it mean something completely different?

Quite frankly I don’t care one way or another! The reason I started this post with that sentence was that another blogger had a post that was intended to make suggestions on how other bloggers might get (or use) ‘inspiration’. What she suggested was that you pick up the nearest book to you, turn to page 82 and use the 3rd complete sentence on that page somewhere in your next blog post. (Get the title now?)

I guess it’s in part intended to get over, around or through writers’ block. This hasn’t become an issue for me- if I can’t think of anything to turn into a blog post, guess what? I don’t post! Pretty simple, huh? Of course there are probably thousands no, tens of thousands no, hundreds of thousands – LOTS of bloggers who do so for some kind of reward , either in cash or kudos and so have certain expectations put on them, but I’m not one of those so if I don’t get a bright idea, or have an opinion to make, or a gripe to grizzle about or just a cool photo or place to share, I don’t bother.

Occasionally this DOES lead to slight pangs of conscience- do my followers (and bless each and every one of them!!!) expect me to be putting stuff out there on a regular basis? Do they expect pearls of wisdom or promotions of places I enjoy each hour/day/week? I don’t know but I suspect not (so the pangs are only slight). I’m sure that there would be some way of a message to get through if this was the case, so in the absence of such a message I proceed merrily on with the philosophy of “if I have I will, if I don’t I won’t” sort of thing.

So, there you are, Jackie- I worked the 3rd complete sentence on page 82 of “The EVERYTHING GOLF BOOK” into my next post (this one.) How did I do? I’m certain this wasn’t what you intended, but what the hoo?

Have a lovely day, everybody.

Justice?

Whale Oil Beef Hooked blogger Cameron Slater has been found guilty on a number of counts of breaching name suppression orders, and I suppose there can be little argument that he did, in fact breach orders imposed by judges in a number of ‘high profile’ cases and is, therefore, guilty. That Mr. Cameron’s arguments to have the name-suppression practice either overthrown or at least made less easily applied have to be tested in the law court has achieved its purpose by publicising the campaign but what does this actually achieve? There are many New Zealanders who would agree with Mr. Cameron about name suppression being granted too often and too easily, and I suspect if it came to the point of being voted on there would be significant support for at least a review of the current law. It would appear that Mr Cameron’s efforts to skirt the law by various means has been unsuccessful and through the trial process those who he wished to ‘name and shame’ have been able to retain their anonymity because the court, of course, upholds the suppression orders.

I hope that more Kiwis will lend their support to Mr Cameron’s campaign as too often it seems that suppression orders are granted to ‘the rich and famous’ and not infrequently for what could be argued as specious reasons. Visit Mr Cameron’s blog at http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz/

BLOGGERS

Aren’t bloggers and interesting breed?
I enjoy browsing blog sites (sometimes ‘enjoy’ is definitely NOT the right word! http://newzeelend.wordpress.com/) and reading the widely divergent views that people have on life, the universe and everything. Of course I don’t necessarily agree with some of these views, and one gets the impression on some blogs that if you say so, then you are somehow sub-something, untermenschen even. Blogging allows people to air (and share) their views, but some get a bit coy if their readers (who, surely, are their raison d’etre) take a contrary view and have the temerity to reply in such vein! It is great to see some of the discussions that arise from some posts, developing parallel but opposing views on the same item.
Of course it’s a bit boring to see an un-orchestrated litany of back-slaps, but they also have their place- people do like affirmation!
To become part of the to-and-fro of blogpost comments broadens ones view, it develops ones own knowledge of a topic, it potentially either moderates or strengthens ones view, and even, on occasions becomes an argument.  (Nothing any more wrong with an argument than a strongly held point of view, right?)
BUT to enter into intercourse via post comments DOES require an acceptance of the concept of freedom of expression, the right to free speech and an understanding that your own view, while perhaps the most important thing to you IS NOT (not may not) going to win universal favour, and in spite of your most reasoned and well-chosen words the reader will maintain their stance. AGREE TO DISAGREE!

I think the other element of blogging that writers should be aware of is that a decent chunk of people who read blogs are well educated people who know how to read and write correctly. For bloggers to blithely cruise through the bloggersphere supposing that what they write and the way they write it is OK is only partially correct. I guess simple spelling errors are a fact of life, as might be grammatical imperfections, but if there are statements that are generalisations, if there is association of innocent parties by implication, if there are views presented as fact but are unsubstantiated the authority of the blogger is seriously brought into question. I know that most bloggers will not have the discipline of academics who are in the habit of quoting authorities, and many will not link to sources. Many blogs will be personal strongly held views. Many blogs will simply be musings idly written. BUT all bloggers have a responsibility to ensure the view as stated is their own and they do not impugn others (by others I do not mean the subject of the blog, for instance, or public figures whose actions give rise to the blog).
For example- “When will pakeha…?”. I am pakeha, I am impugned by association. The blogger was wrong to ‘broad-brush’ by using a generic term. Now had he/she said “When will the pakeha who…” then I am not impugned because I am not one of the pakeha ‘who…’.
I know also that one can be a little precious about some things so I hasten to add that what I have written in this post simply qualifies under the heading “idle musings”.