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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

Margo Kingston’s final Webdiary post:

Unfortunately I couldn’t get funding in time to stop me going broke …

And the ad currently running at Webdiary:


A good way to make poverty history: don’t spend $42,236.21 running the planet’s most pointless blog. And avoid gambling.

UPDATE. According to Webdiary’s completely ethical advertising plea, the site is massively popular:

On current (February 2006) site traffic, on each weekday your ad will be seen by 500-750 unique vistors, who average 1.5 visits each, and at weekends it will be seen by 3-400 unique visitors on each day, with the same 1.5 visit average. The average visit involves looking at around 5 pages in around 10 minutes, so on average each vistor will each see your ad 6-8 times. These numbers are independent ratings supplied by the Nielsen//NetRatings SiteCensus service. As you may have seen, the other major web rating service, Hitwise, rated this site as the most popular site in Australia in its class.

That class, reveals the ill-formatted Hitwise page, is: Lifestyle – Childrens sites.

UPDATE II. Andrew West reports:

Howard fudged the details of his policies at the 1996 election, so much so that people like Robert Manne, Julian Burnside and Margo Kingston actually voted for him …

They possibly also had affairs in Ireland with fake Australians, who now live with their families in Falmouth, England.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/02/2006 at 11:09 AM
    1. Hmmm.

      Hey man that’s a low blow!

      Everyone knows that bold tags cost money.

      Posted by memomachine on 2006 03 02 at 12:45 PM • permalink


    1. Not just bold, ed, but bold italics!

      That’s just cruelty, if you ask me.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 03 02 at 01:05 PM • permalink


    1. No Thappy Margo!

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 03 02 at 01:24 PM • permalink


    1. Speaking of ads, what happened to the PETA strumpets?

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 03 02 at 01:45 PM • permalink


    1. Actually, you might say that Magog has already made poverty history (as in, “Great Moments in the History of Poverty”).

      “ . . . on each weekday your ad will be seen by 500-750 unique vistors (sic)”.

      “Vistors?” Hmmm. Is this what they mean?

      Whatever they are, I’m sure that they are, indeed, “unique”.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 02 at 01:53 PM • permalink


    1. No idea if it’s desirable to be seen by 500 unique vistors, but more seriously, isn’t that number relatively low by blog standards? I mean, I don’t expect them to reach six-figure digits like Instapundit, but there seem to be hundreds if not thousands of blogs with similar traffic.

      BTW, does anybody know how much time must pass for an IP to be counted again as a unique visitor? If that’s the same committed (no pun intended) 500 people every day, I dunno if that advertising offer is such a great deal.

      Posted by PW on 2006 03 02 at 02:01 PM • permalink


    1. Dammit, paco beat me to it.

      Posted by PW on 2006 03 02 at 02:02 PM • permalink


    1. 7: PW –

      Personally, I like to think that Vistors are the vanguard of an evil intergallactic army of invasion, which, having visited that web site, will decide to move on to another planet.

      Posted by paco on 2006 03 02 at 02:16 PM • permalink


    1. When the paint is finally dry and there is nothing more to see, webdiary is a must read.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 02 at 05:52 PM • permalink


    1. What was Robert Manne thinking voting for Globalist Beast Very Unsorry Howard in ‘96?
      Communism was dead by then, and Manne was promoting The New Protectionism as the wave of the future!
      This longtime closet socialist must have been more confused than I thought he was at the time.

      ‘Make Poverty History’ is a favourite slogan of the people who say that ‘War on Terrorism’ is a meaningless focus on an impossible abstraction.

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 03 02 at 06:03 PM • permalink


    1. Isn’t Webdiary dead already?

      Posted by Baby M on 2006 03 02 at 06:10 PM • permalink


    1. #10 I am also amazed that Margo, Robert and Julian might do anything that was not completely logical and carefully thought out.

      However, it could be they realised by voting for HoWARd they could preface every second sentence with “I voted for you, but because of {insert whatever} this will be the last time…”

      This phenomenon might actually explain why Little Johnny has been in power for the last 10 years.

      #11 Now that you mention it, what looks like a duck and sounds like a duck…

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 03 02 at 06:25 PM • permalink


    1. “Make Poverty History” stickers could possibly be the most fatuous idea since “Whip Inflation Now” buttons.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 03 03 at 12:40 AM • permalink


    1. I get more hits than that, I didn’t have to invest $40,000 to do so. Give me money! My blog is not only better, but more responsibly managed in a financial sense.

      Posted by Yobbo on 2006 03 03 at 12:44 AM • permalink


    1. #1 and #2 – ed and Spiny,

      Poor, poor Margo would have made ‘poverty history’ even sooner if she’d lashed out on these…

      <upside down> umop 3p!sdn </upside down> tags!

      Damn, I just maxed out my credit card.

      Posted by splice on 2006 03 03 at 01:29 AM • permalink


    1. Hey Yobbo,
      I read your blog every day. Post more often and I’ll consider giving you some money

      Posted by David D on 2006 03 03 at 02:24 AM • permalink


    1. Hmmm.

      No Thappy Margo!

      I’m pretty sure that’s a typo but I think I really like that word.


      Th-a-ppy.  As in: ?

      That has got to mean something.  Perhaps we can come up with a comprehensive definition for a new blog-word?  Maybe something about a liberal’s dysfunctional and zero-reality world viewpoint?  Anybody else?  We can’t let Thappy disappear!

      Just imagine using it in a post or comment:

      Modo was very thappy yesterday.

      Posted by memomachine on 2006 03 03 at 02:33 AM • permalink


    1. Robert Manne I could believe once voting for the coalition. He is, after all, Australia’s most visible example of a right to left traveller.

      I must say though that I view with a reasonable degree of scepticism claims that Margo Kingston and, to a lesser extent J Burnside, ever voted for the coalition.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 03 03 at 03:55 AM • permalink


    1. #17: I do believe this was the origin of all things Thappy.

      Posted by PW on 2006 03 03 at 06:33 AM • permalink


    1. Tim’s link to the Margok “ethical advertising plea” shows something strangely puzzling.

      The sample ad features a 75ft luxury racing maxi-yacht that has been horribly vandalized. Some kind of sick Webdiary trophy it seems. But how could a bunch of greenie, tree-hugging ferals get in close enough to daub the topsides with graffiti and even hang a banner along the length of the yacht’s boom? There would be deadly harpoon guns to get past and imagine the size of the spinnaker pole on a sloop that size. Ouch.

      But… look closer… that almost looks like a twisted foot sticking out just behind the mast.

      My God! I’ve just realized there could be brave and enlightened Greenpeace militants, dead or injured, still wedged tragically under their own special ops inflatable right there on that deck. Oh the humanity!

      Posted by splice on 2006 03 03 at 08:02 AM • permalink


    1. Dave S. — Who do you think happened to the PETA strumpets?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 03 04 at 01:13 AM • permalink


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