A BLOG RECAP – YOUR FEEDBACK NEEDED

Since setting up hewardblog.com I’ve published 139 blogs. All have been on subjects relating to New Zealand. I’ve written about Kiwis who have made it on the international stage such as singer Lorde, choreographer Parris Goebel and film directors, Peter Jackson and Taika Waititi.

There are blogs on Kiwi innovators such as rocket man Peter Beck, mountain climber Freda du Faur, interior designer, Brian O’Rorke, jet boat inventor, Bill Hamilton, bungy jump inventors A.J. Hackett and Henry van Asch. I also covered the country’s best known eccentrics, the Wizard of Christchurch, artist Barry Brickall and Invercargill’s mayor, Tim Shadbolt.

Sportsmen and women are featured. There is golfer Lydia Ko, yachtsmen Russell Coutts, Blair Tuke and Peter Burling, rugby players Shaun Johnson and Sonny Bill Williams.

I have talked about Kiwis in history such as baby killer Minnie Dean, missionary Alexander Don and aviator Jean Batten. You can also read about Kiwi film stars, Anna Paquin, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Sam Neill, K.J.Apa, Karl Urban, Anthony Starr and J.Ryan.

German Felix Von Luckner who caused problems in the South Pacific with his marauding armed merchant ship featured in a blog. Staying with the Second World War, I also wrote about Dunedin cartoonist David Low who annoyed Hitler with his London published cartoons lampooning him. One of my most talked about blogs featured Kiwi athlete Jack Lovelock who received an oak seedling from Hitler for winning a race at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. The tree survives in Timaru.

I have also written about quirky places. There is the castle near Oamaru, built by local eccentric Dot Smith and eye popping Steampunk exhibits in the same town. I also wrote about eternal flames that flicker on a forest floor.

I’ve discussed the dramatic places found in New Zealand in blogs on the Denniston Incline, the clearest lake in the world, the steepest street in the world, the clearest sky in the world, and the top scenic wonder in the world.

Of course, being blogs about New Zealand, I had to write about the All Black rugby team. I also wrote about the famous naked rugby team, the Nude Blacks (one of my most read blogs). The Selwyn Ballet is an iconic Otago University tradition and is the oldest ballet troupe in New Zealand and is all male!

You will find blogs on noteworthy Kiwi gardens, beaches and scenic attractions as well as museums from the grand to the quirky and festivals including the very odd Wild Food Festival on the South Island’s west coast.

A 104 year old father and a popular internet father are in the hewardblog.com archive alongside quirky coffins, unusual cinemas, shipwrecks and tattoos (NZ is the world’s most tattooed nation).

I’m outlining the history of my blogs because I need to hear from you.

I need feedback.

I need to know what you liked and didn’t find interesting.

I look forward to your comments so I can plan my way forward with my blog site.

Ceidirk Heward