Lies, damned lies and statistics.
The quote – whoever it was who first came up with it – says it all: you should take statistics with a pinch of salt. (Even better, understand what they truly mean.) Nevertheless, if you’re a blogger, it’s rather difficult to ignore the statistics; and the other day I took a look at what posts were the most popular – that means most visited – in the past few years.
Top Ten Surprises
Did I come to any conclusion about the Top Ten?
I concluded that the most successful posts were not necessarily the best written, the most interesting or even the most entertaining – at least, not in my opinion. Nor, by the way, were they necessarily the ones I enjoyed writing most (you can find some of those in the sidebar under ‘Browse’).
So what made successful posts?
1 .Promoted posts – duh. Spain from the Bar and Ice Station: An Antarctic Thriller drew more readers than usual because they were shared by the people whose stories I told.
2. Posts about the Classics – evidently they are not yet dead after all! I’m still trying to work out why people are so obsessed with ‘soft lands breeding soft men’, in particular?
3. Bilingual posts of bringing together the original and its English translation.
In fact, The Lament of King Roderick, a Spanish poem I presented together with the translation by Byron was recommended for students at certain US secondary schools and at one of the courses of Pittsburgh University. I suppose it’s a useful resource although that’s not why I put it on the blog. (I just happened to like it.)
4. Odds & ends.
This might sound as a non-sequitur but we had Andalusian Slow Roast Pork for dinner last Sunday. Now in the early days I used to run a feature titled Mediterranean Miscellany/Sundays/Mondays (it did undergo a few changes), with all sorts of random things, including recipes. Well, on Sunday my husband couldn’t remember how to cook the roast pork; guess what came up trumps when he googled it?
So by way of Throwback Thursday, I typed up the Top Ten lists from the statistics. For better or worse. 🙂 Enjoy:
By the way, I’d love to hear which of the posts you enjoyed most over the years – your personal top ten – three, one, whatever.
(H’m. Maybe I should also collate the Bottom Ten By Year, and you could comment on which of the posts you considered the worst… shock, horror!)
Note: ¹ The quote is usually attributed to 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli - evidence is inconclusive. Read more about who might have actually said it here.