WELL, dang. After almost 12 years the time has come to pull the plug on Number 8 Network.
This community site began in June 2011 when my daughter Iris, studying journalism, said she didn’t know what was happening in and around Gordonton. Or knew that many people, for that matter.
I had been working as a journalist for many years, and it seemed obvious to start a community website – aided, abetted and inspired by our friend Philippa Stevenson, and upon whose head many blessings should rain for all her help.
Because I did not take to WordPress, the software on which n8n is built, like a duck to water. There were many frustrations and a few challenges along the way and sadly that has not improved.
WordPress needs frequent tinkering under the bonnet, and it has become increasingly complex. Since covid there are more hackers wanting to wreak havoc. And requiring professional help to fix. Not enjoyable at all, especially on the meagre budget of this site.
Otherwise, it’s been a blast, and an honour. So, first, many thanks to those who wrote columns and articles, and sent in stories or photographs. The Gordonton District Committee made an appreciated contribution to the upkeep of the site.
And more thanks to everyone who made it fun, and to you for signing up to the regular news updates. It’s been wonderful to meet, chat with and share news of many of the incredible characters who live here.
For me this is a farewell to journalism, an industry which has changed drastically from when I began at the Hamilton Press, banging away on an old typewriter.
I think Iris and I were successful in our little experiment, I think n8n helped connect people and inform and entertain. I certainly made many new friends as a result.
See you around, for sure.
Annette (and one last thanks to Iris – hey, creating a community website was a great idea!)
PS Oh. All those stories on n8n are not vanishing. The National Library of NZ has made a copy of the site, so they will still exist in cyberspace. If there is a story you want to chase up, give me a yell because I should be able to find it. (email nettstaylorATgmail.com)
PPS one final thanks – to David Riddell, who even though he hates writing headlines, would always, if prodded, produce the perfect one. Seriously, thanks family for all the help and love.
Finally finally, some pics for y’all.
And at this point, it is time to raise the flag. Cheers to all the local heroes who have made n8n sparkle. Thank you.