2008’s most popular posts

A bit of WordPress blogstat geekery: I’ve been looking at the posts that have proven most popular over the past year. Predictably, It’s post-a-rejection-letter Friday! is sitting pretty at the top by a wide margin: 1,056 views. This just goes to show that cheeky responses to blogosphere teacup-storms are always good. I was at first mildly horrified when I saw that hitcount zooming skywards, but the responses on various blogs and in comments from people who felt similarly were wonderful. Oh, and this was also the first time I experienced my name being widely misspelled. Hurrah! Pleasingly, second place is held by my review of Michael Muhammad Knight’s The Taqwacores, with 133 views. It’s been receiving a lot of search engine clickthroughs in the last month – clearly people are starting to pay attention to the book, and damn right too. In third is a post about snatching music and sound files from the game Portal, which is probably assisted in its position by the title (“If at first you don’t succeed, you fail. And the test will be terminated”). In 4th is my review of issue #2 of Greatest Uncommon Denominator magazine, which also pleases me. The people, they want the good fiction (probably why my own stories appear quite far down this list). In 5th is a linkfest page that places so highly because I linked to it for background/context for the rejection letter furor. Other worthies are my review of Mitch Clem’s Nothing Nice 2 Say collection, the About Me page (haha), and my most popular piece of Friday flash, We’re Never Going Home!, with 54 views.

2 Responses to “2008’s most popular posts”
  1. Neil says:

    “The people, they want the good fiction (probably why my own stories appear quite far down this list)” – Almost certainly not a reflection on your fiction.

    Actual search volumes on Google for fiction are remarkably low given the number of people posting stories. This is more likely to be the reason for it not being at the top of your stats.

    I have the same issue. My most popular post is 236.58 times my highest viewed piece of flash. Not because the post is my best written but because the search volume for the subject in question is huge.

    I think your stuff is good and, judging by the comments, so do other people.

  2. Shaun CG says:

    Woah, 237 times?! So one of your posts has several thousand hits? That’s crazy! But good for you.

    Thanks very much for your kind words. I was being a bit tongue-in-cheek in my post, but I’m nonetheless reassured. :)