Top 10 Posts of 2011

Published on 28 December 2011 in , ,

It’s that time of the year when it’s time to look back at what’s gone by, and that naturally means looking at what content has been popular over the last year.

In previous years I’ve done a Top 20 of popular posts but this year I’ve decided to go down to a mere Top 10 in order to not bore you to death.

Also noticeable (if you read the equivalent of this post last year) is that there’s no walking related stuff. Thanks to the launch of Rambling Man, they’re all off in their own stats section now.

So anyway, on with the countdown.

10: The Night Rivera – to Cornwall for a weekend

Happens every year. I write something about trains and the post turns out to be really popular. Hence straight in at number 10, it’s all about the Night Rivera sleeper train to Cornwall.

9: Bus Week – 25 Years of Bus Deregulation

Happens every year. I write something about buses and the post turns out to be really popular.

When I came up with my season on bus deregulation I have to be honest and say I didn’t think many people would be interested. But I’m not joking when I say that never, ever, have any posts on this blog ever been tweeted so many times as this lot. I liked writing this series. Glad you enjoyed it.

8: All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for the adventure of a lifetime. And a picket line

Back on the trains again, but this time it’s a Canadian train and a tourist one at that. The first of three posts all about the Rocky Mountaineer train that goes from Vancouver to the Canadian rockies. A big adventure of a journey, and one that started by having to cross a picket line thanks to the management locking out their staff. Which was not a wise move if you ask me.

7: Bus Week – Where the nation’s privatised buses went

Train, bus, train… err… bus… Yes, it’s a second entry from Bus Week and a surprisingly high entry for a post which mostly consists of pictures of buses and pie charts.

6: Train ticket collection – how doing something pointless can make sense for the user

At this point, I would like to point out that I wrote many very good posts about London this year. The piece I wrote on Tooting Bec Lido was especially a favourite. Unfortunately it came in at number 19 (hmm… maybe I should have done a Top 20 after all, it would make me look less obsessed with buses and trains.)

Anyway this one at least links in the subject matter of web (and for that matter, train ticket machine) usability.

5: It’s either Product Managers or the Invisible Requirements Monkey

Aha! At last we get away from public transport and on to the world of the stuff I do for a living! This post makes a good point about the importance of product management, and has the best blog post title I’ve ever come up with too.

4: The growing story of BBC iPlayer on TV

Ah BBC iPlayer. Always worth a post for some hits or two. This one was looking at the way BBC iPlayer usage was increasing on TV sets and games consoles. I’ll admit to not having looked at the latest stats but surely by now BBC iPlayer on Freesat has overtaken the iPad?

3: Buying a Network Railcard for a pound

The world of train tickets is so unbelievably complicated and people don’t always know how to get the best deal, or indeed what opportunities there are to save money. I’ve written several posts on this “saving money on trains” theme and without fail they always get lots of views.

2: The Oystercard website – exposing the underbelly of your technology is not necessarily what’s best for your users

It’s thankfully changed since, but until summer the Oystercard website was terrible at showing you your journey history on tubes and buses. I had a lot of people commenting on this on the blog and on Twitter – clearly it annoyed a lot of people as well as me. The new version is far superior so top marks to Transport for London for finally sorting it out.

1. Colliers Wood Looting

The violence and wanton destruction of property this summer is likely to go down in the history of this country, and be talked of for years to come.

Most people refer to what happened in August as riots and much of London was affected. But in Colliers Wood we didn’t have riots. We had highly organised attempted robbery on a massive scale.

Compared to other parts of London, we escaped very lightly. However the scars are still there. Mothercare still hasn’t re-opened all these months later, and PC World seem to have shut up shop and just moved in with nearby Currys instead. There’s building work going on in the old PC World building, but exactly what’s going on, who knows.

In the months following, there have been arrests.