Monday, September 13, 2010

2 Years of Blogging: Highlights

by Amy K. Bredemeyer

Yesterday, I did a brief history of this blog. I covered where I started, when it became television-only, and gave some other fun facts regarding things that I've done in the past two years. Today, we take a look at some of the highlights. This will include favorite posts, popular topics, and other interesting milestones.

Popularity is subjective, as we all remember from 7th grade, LoL. The cool kids always like one thing, but by the time the rest of us have gotten into it, the trend is over and they've moved on to something else. Blog topics are similar in that there are hot topics which everyone cares about (like Jon & Kate during the divorce scandal) for only a short period of time. In the niche of television, this idea is even more specific.

Hands down, no doubt about it, the most popular pages on this blog are the ones that are commentary of shows I watched that week. The highest hit in a single day for this is 70, although we have numbers in the 40s more regularly. This also doesn't count subscribers... only people who visit the actual website.

But, most of those entries are only read in the month after they're posted. And that makes sense, since by that point there are most likely newer episodes of the same show, and the freshness of spoilers and predictions of upcoming events are stale by then. So, what non-time-specific posts have been the most popular (this is also discounting the "upcoming holiday specials" posts that I did late last year, since those also yielded high counts but were ultimately temporal)? Here's the top ten most popular, deemed so by metrics.

10. the coolest dog you ever knew! This was from the short-lived television shows series that I did last year. This specific entry was about Foofur, who was a blue dog (cartoon, obviously) that ran on Saturday mornings. There is very little information about him on the internet, so I think that is one of the reasons why people have turned to this blog to read about him, LoL.

9. 8 Things I Learned from India Eisley. This is one of the more recent posts to make this list. It's a post about things I found interesting in a Q&A I took part in with India Eisley, who plays Ashley Juergens on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

8. Top 10 Catchiest Cartoon Theme Songs. This was a really fun one to write, partly because it was so difficult to choose! And, it appears that I never did a live-action counterpart, so look for that before too long (I know! This whole "birthday" series is giving away so much future stuff, LoL!)

7. 21 Interesting Things about the Duggars Book. I was ultimately surprised to see this one so high up on the list. But, with so many magazine covers being devoted to baby Josie and the "shocking" possibility of a 20th baby, I imagine that the family became a little more popular for a while.

6. Top Ten TV Sluts. I tell it how it is, yo. (Top Ten Man-Whores would've been #9)

5. NBC's Minute to Win It. This was a one-show review I wrote after the show premiered in March. It describes how to play the games that we first saw, and talks a little about whether the contestants were successful at each.

4. Top 10 Worst Male Middle Names. Jasper, Jojo, Leakey, Geraldo, Musselini, Yancey, Beverly, Barbara, Allison, Muriel. Yep, that about sums it up! I have kinda wondered whether potential parents are the ones driving up this reader count or not, LoL. (Top 7 Worst Female Middle Names came in around #8, but I included it here)

3. The Top Ten House, MD Tweeters to Follow. This one is a pretty plain and simple list, but it was near the beginning of last season, so that's probably part of the reason it has drawn bigger numbers.

2. Top 20 Sibling Rivalries! This one was actually a two-parter. And, although technically the first part has gotten more reads than the second (by about 30 or so), they're both pretty good.

1. Top 8 Character Closets I'd Raid! This post is from July 2009, just a week before I moved from California to Pennsylvania. I made a bunch of photo collages for it, to demonstrate the various pieces in each character's wardrobe that I loved. This page has been viewed over 350 times.

Popularity aside, highlights about this blog include the different series of posts that I have done...
There was the long-running shows, where I focused on shows that had long television runs (some are still making new episodes to this day.
There was its counterpart, the short-lived shows, that were all canceled too soon.
There was the favorite holiday episodes, which spanned Halloween through New Years last year (and yes, I am thinking of doing something similar this year as well... as the holiday season *quickly* approaches)
And, currently running on Mondays, I am showcasing specific shows and talking about my favorite episode from each season.

Lastly, I did want to point out that I do have some "personal favorites" which are in a box to the right of this post (yes, subscribers, you'd have to go to the website to see that). That needs to be updated to reflect some of the more recent posts, so look for an updated list sometime in the very near future (read: hopefully this week but realistically this month).

Tomorrow will feature the final part in this series of celebration. I think it may actually be the most interesting feature as well... I'm going to look at the various ways that people have found this site.
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