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As we start another year, it’s time for me to take a look back at what struck a chord with my readers.
2008 was very good to this blog, and I have to take a moment to thank you, my readers, for an amazing year of growth! Unique visitors grew by almost 600%, and total page views was darn close to 700%! I hoped for a year of growth, but I could have never dreamed readership would be up that much! Don’t get me wrong, this blog is still a long ways away from the major leagues… a long, long, LONG way… but it is still a nice amount of growth.
So, without further ado, the 10 entries that helped me see this growth.
Who Is The Best James Bond? – Who knew people were this interested in who made the best James Bond? Published in September, this post brought in more page views in three days than this blog got total in the year of 2007. It is still getting viewed every day, some days only 1 or 2 views, but it is still looked at on a constant basis. Quite surprising, I must say.
Anonymous Takes On Scientology -This post came in second with a very healthy showing (the Bond post has about 4 times the page views), and it was also one that took me by surprise in how it took off. It didn’t hurt that members of Anonymous put links to it all over the Web, and with that in mind, I am sure I am now on the Scientology watch list. -waves- Hail, Xenu!
The Music Industry Vs Net Neutrality -This post was from January of last year, and was my biggest success to date at the time. Net Neutrality is always a touchy subject, and the music industry seemingly want to wage war on it is not sitting well with anyone, and understandably so.
How To Watch Internet Videos On Your TV -This is a very popular post, and one on plan on revisiting soon as a lot has changed since I published this last February. This was also part of the inspiration for the launching of StarterTech.com.
Olympic Beach Volleyball Uniforms -This was my second article about my anger over how women’s beach volleyball athletes were treated by the medie at this past Summer Olympics. The first article, Olympic Beach Volleyball, was only a few hundred views behind this one, but I am counting them as one entry on this list.
I will admit, from analyzing the search traffic on these two posts, they are found for all the wrong reasons, and that being mainly people looking for pictures of the athletes asses. Somehow I doubt they read the accompanying articles that say that is what I’m talking against…
Who Is The Best Doctor Who – Okay, I am not too proud to admit this was an obvious attempt to copy the success of the James Bond post, but apparently I went a little too obscure with the subject matter. It obviously still did well as a post as it made this list.
JJ Abrams Unveils The New Enterprise From Star Trek – This is another one that surprised me with how well it did. I guess people really, really wanted to see how the new Enterprise looked!
Dancing With The Stars Band – My dislike for the Dancing With The Stars band, and it’s conductor, Harold Wheeler, has turned this in to my most controversial post ever. I have received numerous nasty comments and emails about me and my opinion of these… “musicians”… and all I can say is… Keep it up! I always need more laughs in my life!
New The Dark Knight Trailer Hints At Joker Greatness – The massive upswing I saw in traffic to this post in October prompted me to write a post entitled “Just Put Down The Clown Makeup!” as I could see it was mainly being found by people looking for pictures of the Joker. Sure enough, it was all about people trying to dress as him for Halloween.
Weighty Issues For Cheryl Burke of Dancing With The Stars -Poor Cheryl Burke took a real pounding for her non-existent weight issues on the fall season of Dancing With The Stars. It was a whole lot of hype over a woman gaining a meager 5 lbs, and I personally found that the fact anyone was even calling her “fat” just silly.
Honroable Mentions – Somehow my review of a Combichrist/K.M.F.D.M. concert from 2006 was technically in my top 10 viewed posts… I have no clue why. Also, my post on Armando Montelongo also made it into the top ten, but I like to keep this list about posts published in 2008.
So, there you have it, the top 10 posts of the year for this blog. Just like last year, this list tells me entertainment related posts do well, but I will probably continue to talk about just whatever is randomly on my mind at any given time. I will say that the increased readership has made me a lot more self conscience about my posts, and what I tend to pick as the subjects, but at the end of the day, this is still just a personal blog… filled with a lot of ranting.
Thank you all so very much for making 2008 such a great year here at SeanPAune.com, and I only hope I can keep you all as interested in 2009!