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Best of demodulated

Writing | Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 | 10 years, 8 months ago

A recent post in one of my favourite blogs, I’d Rather Be Writing, referred me to a fantastic article on the bokardo blog entitled “9 Lessons for Would-be Bloggers”. Amongst other gems (including, especially, the author-asserting qualifier that all blog entries should be considered forever beta) the one suggestion that revealed a gaping hole in my own page design was the inclusion of a “greatest hits” page.

In my true-to-life self-deprecating fashion I’d like to say that it was difficult wading through the crap to find a few gems worthy of declaring my best foot to put forward. But I can’t. The truth is that, indeed amongst the crap, there are a few posts I’ve written that I’m particularly proud of and actually enjoy re-reading on occasion.

Amongst the 94 posts in my 16 months of blogging I’ve selected 13 to represent the best I have to offer. Flipping through the remaining 78 posts often made me want to delete everything but my best-of, but it’s all beta, Brian, it’s all beta.

And so I invite you, my favourite people on Earth, my new readers and old, to shift your gaze down the southeastern corner of your monitor to the “Best of Demodulated” heading on my sidebar. What you read there may be more indicative of my potential than my consistency, but that’s probably how you’re most interested in spending your valuable time anyway.

I read and appreciate each of your comments, even if critical, so don’t be dissuaded by the age of the posts.

P.s., since I’m really the only person using the search functionality I’ve removed the “Top Lookups” statistics, showing the most frequently searched keywords, from the sidebar.

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4 Comments

  1. I like the idea of a greatest hits section. I’ve automated this on my blog using the Top 10 Posts plugin. I see that Guy Kawasaki also has a top posts section. I’m not exactly sure how it counts views, because some posts have more comments than my post with supposedly the most views. At any rate, it’s interesting to see how my own top ten might differ from the reader-selected top ten. Readers may stumble across a post from google keyword searches, and thereby throw off the quality the post deserves, so I also like your idea of personally selecting your favorites.

    Comment by tom Johnson — March 14, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

  2. lol, the diviner’s sorrow one is on top for most hits because it was linked from a digg comment. I have to admit thought that I really like it and it shows a great depth of thought and a great reflection. Its what got me reading and commenting.

    Planning on doing a follow up :)

    Comment by andrew — March 14, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  3. Funny, I didn’t even think to look for a plugin. Unfortunately I don’t think I could trust an automated script to pick a good cross-section of my best posts since I moved here from Blogger a short while ago and have no readership statistics for most posts before then. Plus, at least on this lesser-trafficked blog, the most-viewed posts are not necessarily the ones I’m most proud of.

    Still, it might have been nice to have a plugin neatly organize my posts for me. I was a little rusty as I dug around in the code and almost let a missing semicolon ruin my whole day!

    Comment by brian — March 14, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

  4. andrew, I pimped my blog plenty of times back when it was on blogspot. Unfortunately I can’t carry over those statistics to my new domain.

    Maybe I should label it, but my Best-Of list is organized chronologically with the newest posts on top, not in order by number of hits. I put this list together manually based on my own opinion of my best-written works. I feel a little ashamed when I read many of my old posts. I’ve presented so many arguments that seemed self-explanatory at the time but are unsubstantiated and loose in retrospect.

    Regardless, I’m really glad to have you aboard as a reader!

    Comment by brian — March 16, 2007 @ 10:19 am

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