Top 5 posts of 2008

Sticking with the them of looking back on the past year, I thought I'd take a look back at my top 5 posts as calculated by the number of page views. This is made a heck of a lot easier thanks to the excellent WordPress plugin, WordPress.com Stats. This plugin is so useful, I'm almost surprised it hasn't become part of the core installation of WordPress. But, I digress.

And the top 5 posts of 2008 are:

#5. JHU Caption Contest
I've never been one to take myself to seriously. Posting a photo of myself with a thought bubble and leaving the rest up to my readers had potential danger written all over it. There were a bunch of great entries, and as I had hoped, it drove traffic to my blog. Win-Win.

#4. Become a Twitter Rockstar
This year Twitter really took off. And, like most things that become popular on the internet, people started trying to find ways to use it to make money. After using Twitter myself for a few months, I put together and ebook that describes how you can build a business using a blog, Twitter and some free time. The ebook is free. Sign up for the newsletter to get your copy.

#3. Fixing the WordPress login issue
Back in September a bug was found in WordPress version 2.6.1 that would let somebody go and create a user account on your blog and then force a reset of the admin password. This gave people fits as they were unable to log in to their blog. Thankfully the bug wasn't really malicious, just annoying. My step-by-step instructions for fixing the issue was a popular post and still receives steady traffic.

#2. Review: Fisheye Lomography Camera
A few months back EpicEdits.com ran a contest where you had to buy a film camera (non-digital) for less than $50, shoot an entire roll of film, get it developed and then publish a review including all the shots you took with it. I had just learned about the Lomo fisheye camera and thought it was a perfect opportunity to pick one up and test it out. The camera is amazingly fun to shoot with and the results are silly/interesting/ridiculous. I may not have won the contest, but I gained a ton of exposure (ha, get it) for my blog and a fun camera in the process (again, with the puns… I kill me.)

Drum roll please… And the winner is…

#1. Rock Band Foot Pedal Reconstruction
Thanks to a heavily keyworded post related to the hottest game of the year, this post trumped all others in a landslide victory. The first wave of traffic came to this post thanks to StumbleUpon. But it wasn't long before Google picked it up and this post ranked very well for several keyword combos bringing people to my site in search of how to fix their drum kit. On a side note, I'm sad to say that I have since broken the replacement part and have fixed it again. I'm back to rocking out once again.

So there you have it. Congratulations to all the winners.

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  1. Build a Business on December 29, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Looks like an iteresting list. I am going to check these out.