Transportblog has reached a milestone, this is our 5,000th post.
The blog was started in 2008 to discuss transport, its role in making Auckland what it is today and how Auckland could be made a better place in the future. Over time we’ve also expanded on that and now talk also about wider urban issues, housing being one of the most prominent. Transport and Housing/Land Use are different sides of the same coin after all.
Myself and my fellow bloggers are proud of what we’ve been able to achieve over the years, especially when we’re able to start important discussions and effect long term change.
I’m often asked just how we manage to keep things going as we do, after all as well as the blog we also have paying work we need to do too. The thing that fuels that torch, often keeping us up late at night writing posts, has been the support we’ve had from you our readers and of course seeing the progress Auckland is making as a city.
Last year we launched our own parent organisation – Greater Auckland – to give the blog a bit more structure behind the scenes and help with the advocacy we do.
Here are a few stats to go with the 5,000 post milestone.
- We’ve had almost 158,000 comments across all posts (not including spam or comments we’ve deleted for breaching our guidelines).
- Our top 5 most posts with the most comments are:
- New Network Consultation Starts This Week – 345 comments
- Locals still opposing Skypath – 302 comments
- Auckland Transformed: The Congestion Free Network – 286 comments
- Are More Road Lanes Across the Waitemata A Good Idea? – 255 comments
- Perhaps Light Rail is fast enough afterall – 254 comments
- Our most frequently used tag is Auckland Transport followed distantly by NZTA and then City Rail Link
- On a normal weekday we will have 2,200-2,500 unique users visit the site and 5,000-7,000 page views. We think that’s not bad for what can be very wonky posts at times.
The blog is obviously an online entity, but if you follow us on Twitter you may have seen us recently teasing a physical manifestation of some of our work.
A box of goodies: pic.twitter.com/bx6ZofM4yE
— Greater Auckland (@GreaterAuckland) March 15, 2016
The booklet is a small collection of some of our great posts over the years discussing the urban evolution underway in Auckland and how the city can change in the future. It was pulled together for us by Nick R with the design and layout by Laura Dueker of Dueker Design.
If you’d like a hard copy, we do have some available at cost ($10). Also if you haven’t already please sign up to Greater Auckland so we can keep the blog and the work we do going.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the blog whether it be by writing posts, commenting, or reading and sharing our content.