David Farrar modestly mentions that Kiwiblog turns 5 today. We should sit back and realise what an impact Kiwiblog has had on the blogging and political scene today. Like David admits, he is not the first. I don't recall NZPundit but as a former full-time technology journalist, Russell Brown was seen as the pioneer of such online commentary in those days. But time has moved on and David has took the lead with Kiwiblog bestriding the blogging stage like a huge colossos and his blog having a readership akin to a mid-size newspaper and a very influential readership to boot. David has influenced other blogs to start up, who in turn will have influenced others. Now he is the country's most popular political blogger, judging by the ratings and rankings. David is also impacting on media coverge and his news, commentary and questioingis increasingly picked up by the mainstream. Looking back at the Electoral Finance Act it was indeed a campaign led by David Farrar, along with Whale Oil and others that led to the New Zealand Herald to tke its vocal stance and for thousands to take to the streets in protest. There will be other instances too where Kiwiblog will have led and others followed. Just last week, we saw David offering the questions for the media to ask over Winniegate. Such impact is also confirmed with David becoming a nationwide figure, a regular face on television and in our newspapers. He is part of the fabric, and now the mainstream of New Zealand. Indeed, further confirmation cames from imitators, like Kiwiblogblog, a naked attempt to undermine what has been an essential part of media life. And, finally, much as he won't thank me, I am sure David can also take credit for the formation of The Standard, whose public funding and party/government links David helped expose. Liarbour, the unions and the left have seen the success of Kiwiblog in helping shape debate, so they had to try and have their own equivalent. So happy Birthday Kiwiblog and well done David Farrar!