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New Zealand's longest-running online daily news and commentary publication, now in its 24th year. The opinion pieces presented here are not purported to be fact but reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy.

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Another year done and dusted

21 December 2018

Unless something wickedly exciting or important happens and requires my comments, this will be the last Aardvark Daily for 2018.

And what a year it has been!

I was going to do a recap of the year's columns, highlighting the most interesting and important but you know what? I can't be arsed :-)

It's been quite a tiring year for me, battling (and eventually prevailing over) bureaucracy (the local council on the drones in parks issue); dealing with health issues and trying to make ends meet (in the face of YouTube's lunacy).

Regardless of all that, I am so pleased that there are still people who take the time to read what I write here and even some who honour myself and other members of the Aardvark community by making their own comments in the forums.

Next year will see Aardvark enter its 25th year of continuous publication -- wow, a whole quarter of a century!

I have to say, that *is* a long time to have been engaging in the same daily routine and I shudder to think of just how many keystrokes have been involved in churning out this stuff.

To be honest, I do miss the good old days, when every day brought a new idea, a new innovation, a new piece of radically different hardware onto the market. The computer and internet industries have now matured to such an extent that at times they're actually totally boring.

That makes my job much harder than it used to be.

In the early years of this column (before "blogging" was actually a thing) I would usually have to spend time working out what *not* to write about each morning. The list of subjects begging for my attention was long and each entry really was deserving of a comment.

These days... well not much changes from day to day, as tends to be the case in mature markets and industries. This means I'm often left scrambling for ideas or staring at a blank screen as the hours tick by.

If I'm *really* stuck for something to write about -- I do a potpourri column in which I just mention a few of the top stories of the day, none of which are worthy of a column all to themselves but collectively can provide enough meat for that sandwich.

Another universal gap-filler is the weather. Whether it's climate change or the actual weather of the day, or the method of predicting it, this is a topic that everyone has an opinion on and most are keen to share that opinion.

EVs are also an increasingly topical subject. Even the most hard-core petrol-head has to admit that we're probably going to see a significant proportion of our transport fleet become electric within the next decade so it's important to keep abreast of the changes in technology, politics and attitudes.

That's all I've got for this year -- except to say that I wish every single one of you (and the married ones as well ;) a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and the opportunity to spend a week or two with the people who are important to you, doing the things you like to do.

Check the site over the holidays -- just in case -- and be sure and continue reading Aardvark from the 7th of January next year when I'll be back in action, all refreshed and ready to rant.

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