Top Twenty Archive Posts of 2008 – The Chart

Published on 31 December 2008 in , ,

So by now I’ve probably bored you to death with the Top 20 Archive Posts of 2008 (notably split into part one and part two to ensure double boredom!) so you might think that doing a part 3 really is flogging a dead horse.

I mean, what else is there to say?

Well how about some sort of year on year ranking! Does a post that has the “lasting factor” for one year, have it for another? Well as I did one of these chart rundown things last year, it’s possible to find out.

Obviously when I did the Top 20 Archive Posts of 2007, it didn’t include any posts from 2007, so there’s inevitably going to be some new entries to consider. But how many? And how many of last years top 20 will remain?

Lets bring on the statsmobile one more time!

The Chart Rundown

Position 2007 position Change Post Year Published
1 NEW! Freesat Website 2007
2 NEW! GE Money Lies 2007
3 NEW! BBC iPlayer – why DRM? 2007
4 1 -3 Saving Money on the Trains 2005
5 2 -3 The Usability of Meeting Room Names 2005
6 NEW! The new BBC Homepage – a bit like myBBC then 2007
7 4 -3 Walsh Western Hopelessness (part 2) 2006
8 5 -3 Vegetarian Iceland 2005
9 NEW! The Joys of Train Travel Planning in France 2007
10 9 -1 The Real Underground 2003
11 NEW! Alliance and Leicester Internet Banking 2005
12 10 -2 The Epic Night-time Journey from Kings Cross to Ealing 2003
13 NEW! Well I’m not moving – the problems caused by ignoring train seat reservations 2007
14 NEW! BBC’s iPlayer to go beyond Microsoft XP? 2007
15 NEW! Get your gold card now 2004
16 NEW! Glasgow: Pubs 2004
17 14 -3 Lunch and Stroll in Hampstead 2005
18 18 Ocado 2002
19 15 -4 The Amazing Chip Vending Machine 2003
20 NEW! Top Twenty Posts of 2007 2007

The Obvious Analysis

Clearly a very big showing for posts from 2007 there with the rest of the posts from a smattering of other years.

I expect a fair few of the 2007 posts caught a particular zeitgiest – iPlayer and Freesat were both big topics on the internet, and it seems inevitable that they will continue to feature dominantly in the viewing figures. However the iPlayer of 2009 will continue to be very different to the iPlayer of 2007 and I suspect that those pieces will slowly disappear.

What did surprise me is how few posts featured in this list last year – even when you take into account the flood of 2007 entries. The result is that many of the new entries are older posts.

So what do we learn from all this? Well we learn that the author has too much time on his hands to be pondering questions like these. But that aside – if you want a post to succeed, rant about incompetant service or just blog wildly about the current big thing, but with a slight twist.

And what will 2009 bring? Well probably more of the same old rubbish really…