And so closes a remarkable year. Who would have predicted the events that were cast upon us?
Ironically, it was a year of failed predictions. Tony Abbott predicted that the sky would fall in. Fail. Tony Abbott predicted an election. Fail. Tony Abbott predicted he’d take up residence in The Lodge. Fail. Tony Abbott predicted that Whyalla would be destroyed. Fail. Tony Abbott predicted that the mining tax would kill the industry. Fail. I predicted that Tony Abbott would be replaced as leader of the Opposition. Fail. Even our own el gordo predicted a global ice age. Fail.
Even the Mayans failed, but unlike Tony Abbott they won’t be back next year to keep on failing.
Tony Abbott hasn’t failed to keep us busy on the blog this year. We just love talking about him and people love reading about him. Mention his name and people come flocking. He has just helped us have our best month ever, in what is traditionally our worst month each year. And within our best month ever we’ve also had our best day and best week. He is pushing us closer to welcoming our 750,000th visitor, which I predict we’ll see on New Years Day. Now that’s one prediction I’m confident of.
The message I’ve heard over the last few months is that people want us to focus primarily on politics. Some of the people who comment here leave the media for dead and it would be amiss of me not to encourage their political contributions. So in 2013 we’ll be traveling in top political gear. And if people haven’t got the message yet: we support the left side of politics in Australia and we want to see the Gillard Government returned after next years election.
Another message I’d like to convey is a big thank you to all of you for a memorable year for us at the Café. That even includes those who don’t see eye to eye with us. Sometimes you can be irritating to say the least, but the fact you are contributing here suggests that we’re making enough noises to attract your attention.
In 2013 we’re going to be even noisier.
On a personal note, I’ve had a tough year health wise and without trying to sound too melodramatic I didn’t think the blog could have kept going. Without the efforts of Min and Catching up it may not have, however, nothing pumps me up like an election year and I’ll race into 2013 with my ears pinned back. In fact, I’ve never enjoyed my blogging more than I have the last few months. That’s because of the great people who gather here.
Some months ago I put up a post about the Café moving to a different WordPress platform. This still might happen in 2013, but I’ll wait until we reach 1,000,000 hits because we will be losing those stats in the move. Yep, we’ll have to start at zero again. Thems the breaks.
My next message is . . . Happy New Year everybody. I look forward to seeing you here in 2013.