Well a happy new year to you, now that we are actually in it. I notice that a few bloggers (like Will) have been posting their top five posts. I can assure you that the five most-viewed posts of the year will not have been my five best posts of the year. They will just be the ones that have attracted Googlers the most.
But no surprises as to what was number 1:
- Big Brother’s Big Saviour. This post about Russell Brand stormed to the top of all sorts of mucky Google searches after some person in the comments mentioned Imogen’s sex tape. Disgusting. This page accounted for over 10% of all visits to this blog this year!
- Richard Hammond. Descended into a debate about whether it’s disrespectful to dislike somebody (Steve Irwin) even though they’re dead.
- Weekend mornings are meaningless once again. Simon Amstell left Popworld, but most people were only interested in searching for pictures of Miquita Oliver.
- Another new Freeview channel. This post lays into smileTV, Freeview’s mankiest channel. People arrive at this page looking for information on Freeview channels. I imagine this post is a good advert.
- Countdown to PS2’s Formula One 06. I’m still a little bit peeved that the actual review I wrote for this game is nowhere near as popular. Gah.
A few posts from 2005 were actually more popular than some of these, but they don’t count right because we’re talking about 2006.
The ‘popularity contest’ plugin, which also takes into account things like comments and whatever else, comes up with a slightly different result:
- Big Brother’s Big Saviour
- Another new Freeview channel
- Weekend mornings are meaningless once again
- Time Trumpet. I can’t even remember what I wrote in this post.
- MySpace UK seems to have launched. Check out the comments full of emos who are shocked at the way I diss their Space.
So there you have it. My five (or seven) best posts of the year. I wouldn’t recommend it. Although I can deduce that April was a stupidly popular year. Hmm. I will try and get some kind of Reddit– / Digg-style voting plugin for this blog. That would probably be much better.
Okay, how else can I look at last year? What music I’ve listened to. I know I still haven’t posted my top ten albums of 2006 yet. I promise that is coming. But Last.fm offers a handy way to track what you listen to, and a glance at the rolling year chart on this day allows me to have a look at what I listened to over the past year. This will change tomorrow, so it’s worth taking a note of, if you’re interested in that kind of useless information.
- Boards of Canada (851)
- Radiohead (674)
- Pulp (624)
- Broadcast (615) — I don’t remember listening to this much Broadcast?!
- Autechre (607)
- Squarepusher (588)
- The Fiery Furnaces (579)
- Tortoise (472)
- Aphex Twin (384)
- Prefuse 73 (366)
Perhaps the most surprising thing (apart from how high Broadcast are) is how low Autechre are. For the most part though, this isn’t too different to my all-time top ten on Last.fm.
As for the tracks chart, apart from two tracks that appeared on two different releases (thus probably getting twice as many listens as they otherwise would have), all of my top ten is made up of tracks from Florida by Diplo and Everything Ecstatic by Four Tet. I got both of those albums for last Christmas. So that is probably proof that I don’t spend nearly as much time on the computer as I used to. The chart will probably look completely different at the end of the month.