The big CO started this: which bloggers know each other in non-cyberspace? She asks: Who knows who the most? (which I think was the name of a song by the Exponents).
I don’t seem to know all that many. David Farrar, of course, whose blog is a magnet and who manages to maintain a genial presence and firm political views (a rare combination) at Kiwiblog.
David was in Shipleys’ office when I started in the Gallery.
Two of the boys at NZBC – Rob O’Neill and Mark Broatch – were at IDG when I was writing for Computerworld in the mid-1990s, as was sometime contributor to the site, Andrea Malcolm. Of the bunch of very helpful people there she stands out. Soemthing I shall always be grateful for.
Russell Brown of Public Address was another IDG-er, although he came on after I schemed my way out of Auckland and down to the Wellington office and I had much less to do with him.
David Young, of Dog Biting men, of course, cotnributes a coloumn to NBR, but I first met him when he was a press sec for Act. He went on to do PR for the BRT. David is one of those guys who you just know is noticing a hell of a lot more than he lets on.
And last, but certainly not least, Francis Till. Another NBR contributor, it was Francis who first introduced me to the concept of blogging. My reaction at the time, I have to confess was “Eh? Where’s the payoff??”
I still wonder that sometimes.