I just realized that this blog is a year old. My first post was May 19, 2008 although I didn’t really get going until June. I tend to think of the blog starting in the summer.
So, in order to commemorate this event I am going to list my 5 most popular posts of all time based on page views in Google Analytics. One of them I know without even looking it up. On most days it gets the most traffic, it rarely gets a comment and it makes me laugh.
- 4 Sites To Help You Decide What Book To Read Next – This article was also featured on my 5 most popular articles of this year post. This is one of those articles that got stumbled and stumble visitors continue to visit. Who knew that deciding what book to read was such a hot topic.
- How to Make an Animated Gif from a Video Clip – Last summer Jim found a funny video clip and thought it would make a cool animated gif. Being the curious dork that I am I decided to figure out how to do this and wrote it up for this article. It’s received very few comments except by people who have trouble with the instructions. My guess is that this a favorite of people who want to make really annoying forum avatars.
- Extract Audio from YouTube Videos – This is the one that I knew would be in the top 5. I wanted to do this so I could have funny sound clips like Bill O’Reilly screaming, “we’ll do it live”. I think though that most people are using it to get songs off of music videos. This, to me, is incredibly lame. The sound quality isn’t going to be very good and most songs can be purchased for .99 cents. Maybe they are using it the way I do … I’m not sure. It just amuses me.
- How to Exclude Pages from the WordPress Navigation Bar – This is a relatively simple code tweak that doesn’t require the use of a plugin. It would appear that a lot of people want to know how to do this. This is the article in this list that I am most happy about receiving traffic. It’s what I enjoy working with and writing about.
- Qwitter: Find Out Who Has Stopped Following You on Twitter – While I originally wrote this article to be funny, it seems that many people want to know who has stopped following them and are searching for a tool. Unfortunately, Qwitter has become unreliable at best. I never did stop the service and I rarely receive notifications that someone has stopped following me. Then I’ll wake up on a particular morning to a full inbox because I have received weeks worth of unfollows. It’s annoying – somehow I have still not been annoyed enough to unsubscribe although I really should. I have put a note on the top of the article to let people know that the service doesn’t really work anymore but I guess that doesn’t stop them from finding it with a search.
While I know that what I value differs from what other people find important, only one out of the five most popular articles really matters to me. I wasn’t surprised by these results because anytime I look at stats these 5 articles are always at the top.
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