Well, I found that, if you are willing to do a little math, you actually CAN figure out your most viewed posts of the year. It seems to be heavily weighted by time- the most recent one was in June- but it was still fun! Here are my top ten views of 2014:
10- Time Machine vol. II, week 109, Feb. 28th, 117 views. The only TM to crack the ten (c'mon, youse guys!), it featured the video on latino band Malo's song Suavecito, which is one of the reasons I do TM- to find nuggets of gold like that one. Also, it featured the top 20 double-albums of all time (no surprise at the top- Pink Floyd's The Wall), and we saw Climax and Precious And Few at #1 on Cashbox that week in 1972.
9- What Was Jesus, April 21st, 120 views. This one came about when a friend posted the following meme:
...and I dissected the truth out of it.
8- Comments And Respect, Jan. 25th, 123 views. This was basically born of a misunderstanding/miswording between a blog friend and I that has since been resolved hopefully with good lessons to all 123. In the midst of the flying fur, Robin stepped in with a means to a solution, and all worked out from there. And as I kept researching these posts, I found she had the most profound of things to say on at least three of the ten. So, as unexpected as this is to both of us, I am giving Most Valuable Commenter to Robin- with a lot of heartfelt thanks, especially on this one.
7- Martin World News, April 15th, (the first of 4, or five- you'll see why in a bit- MWN posts on the countdown), 125 views. This round of MWN featured USAir apologizing on twitter to an unsatisfied customer by sending them a link to a porn site; a German company sending out mugs that had lovely poetry on them, along with a picture of Hitler on a stamp; an Austrian EU parliament candidate who had to step down after calling the body he was running for election to "a conglomeration of negroes"; and your first look at the motivational poster I put up at work:
|Yes, that is indeed our hero...|
6- More of "What You Want", January 27th, 145 views. This was the game I was playing where I would type into google search "(fill in a nation) wants ______" and see what came up. This particular post- wherein I was also told that Bobby G was hard at work on the first version of my MWN logo- we found out that the Netherlands wants to build a mountain, Belarus wants to marry Russia (still haven't found out the logistics on that one), and Malta, for some reason, wants me dead.
5- Martin World News, February 5th, 147 views. Here we received the depthless wisdom of FWCS superintendent Wendy Robinson, who told us, "Student behavior does NOT effect learning" (emphasis mine); we saw eminent expert Bill Nye the Science Guy duke it out with a creationist pastor in a debate; the trials and travails of converting Sochi from a human cesspit to an Olympic host; and the lovely present a female critic of Vladimir Putin got one morning...
|Couldn't have just left dog poop on the stoop, eh?|
4- Martin World News, June 10th, 169 views. Here in addition to more fun with "science" we learned that Fort Wayne is 5th most boring city in the nation; Shamus Beaglehole won the Ivy League's Name Of The Year contest; and that Japan might want to come up with a better name for their basketball league...
3- Martin World News, Jan. 4th, 177 views. This round saw the Danish contest to come up with a new name for the vagina; a spam commenter who accused my commenter on the post of being brain dead- and the commenter was my son, KC; and one of my favorites- from Australia, the butt-bun ad:
2- Martin Not-So-World News, Jan. 20th, 184 views. A lot of this was concentrated on the reappearance of John Rambo, the head of the he-man-woman-haters-club, a vitriolic pedophile misogynist who frequently makes the tour of women's blogs telling them how terrible they are and how men should just buy mail order brides or something. I had battled him a long time back (see links on the post, if you care to), and he came by to pester another blog friend. After humiliating him once more (which is hardly challenging), I moved on to funnier things, including my favorite meme of the year:
And at #1......
1- All The Things We're Not Going To Talk About, Jan. 29th, 190 views. Basicly an op-ed covering a study on what is jokingly called curriculum at rich liberal arts universities. Anyone remember these classes:
Food in the Middle East: History, Identity, and Culture (Middlebury)
Mad Men and Mad Women (about the TV show, also Middlebury)
The Ethical Shopper (Grinnell)
Bad Words (Grinnell)
History of Hip Hop (also Bowdoin)
'Bad' Women Make Great History: Gender, Identity, and Society in Modern Europe 1789-1945 (likewise)
I know Holli does, for she volunteered to sign up:
I want to take the Geography of wine class and drink the wine from all different regions!
Also on this post, we had: my take on the State Of The Union message (which drew a tremendous comment from Robin!); and my discovery of the little Google-spies checking up on us from Mountain View and Simi Valley.
None of these, however, have reached yet the top ten of all time, where you need currently ... er... 188 to get in (which means either one screen counts my views in and one doesn't, or it updates daily). The top one there- and far and away now- is a post I did back in August of 2012 called Noah's Ark... really?, where I discussed an old article about some imagined finding of the ancient vessel that was passed on as new knowledge by a FB friend who didn't think to dig into things. A treemendous amount of those views were spammers trying to get in, and I even got a comment from Turanga Leela (the sexy one-eyed chick from Futurama).
|So you don't usually see her like this on the show. Sue me!|
Okay guys, enough with this stuff. Go out and have a happy, and I'll see you next year!