This is quite interesting- I rank 156 in New Zealand top 274 blogs.  http://openparachute.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/september-12-nz-blogs-sitemeter-ranking/ This is more interesting- I rank 156 in New Zealand’s top 274 blogs, despite not posting on a regular basis. I am a little ashamed to say that I have not posted since a month or so ago (and this is something I must do a little more about than silliness such as this one,) BUT I do find it interesting at what ‘position’ I sit on the rankings ladder!

I hasten to add I’m not about to trumpet that 156 is pretty good any more than I am about to say I could or should do better! I have no real aspirations to be #56 rather than #156 because this is a simple hobby and it’s not driven by any sense of righting wrongs, pointing fingers, preaching or proselytising, making points (political or otherwise). I do enjoy writing ‘this and that’ about New Zealand ‘heres and theres’ but I really only wish to keep it as a hobby and occasional thing.

So what’s interesting, I suppose, is that once something (such as a blog) is ‘out there’ it generates a bit of an audience and this audience can become self-sustaining. I note I have some followers and I assume these are regular readers just as long as I post regularly, and I have links to social media sites (Twitter and Facebook) and these will generate visitors when I post but I imagine most of my traffic are casual visitors who might be searching for information and stumble upon Kutarere’s Blog as a result of tags.

So! 156, eh!!



Hoho!! This could be fun!

Just ‘discovered’ ‘Tweetvox’, a new(ish) online application that enables people to post ‘verbal tweets’ (which is probably why it has earned itself the nickname of ‘Witter’!)

With Twitter one is able text messages to philosophise, grizzle, brag, link or simply post news or nonsense (no abuse, please) in 140 characters or less. With Witter (Tweetvox) you are able to post verbal messages of up to 2 minutes! Wow! Imagine the rubbish one can fit into 2 minutes!!!

In fact I think that people will be hard-put to actually use their whole 2 minute allowance unless they do plenty of preparation and to me that sort of flies in the face of the online messaging immediacy and spontaneity. Still I don’t doubt that there will be people out there who will carry on talking because they will feel cheated if they don’t use their full entitlement!! Hey ho!

I reckon, also, there are going to be a whole host of people who will do dumb things- for example I heard one ‘post’ that had about 20 seconds of mastication. Yep- the sound of chewing!! Give me strength- how does someone think that’s clever or funny? Remind me not to ‘favourite’ THAT dork!

Anyhoo, I’m gonna give it a bit of a chance and look forward to at least some entertaining or edifying stuff.


Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain featuring on news reports repeatedly. What do they have in common? One can probably come up with a bunch of factors, but the one that I ‘enjoy’ most of all is the part that modern communications technologies have played in all of them.

Pity some of our western societies don’t start using these technologies for more sensible uses than organising teenage booze-ups or abusing or insulting others.

Cartoons by Tom Scott, New Zealand political cartoonist.