Now that the champagne toasts are made and the ball dropped, it’s time to start thinking ahead: What’s your riding resolution for this year? Will you ride your motorcycle more often to work? Take that epic journey or stay close to home? Will you buy a new ride or enhance the existing one?
Before going forward let’s take a quick look back.
Over the years I’ve posted the occasional summary of the more popular and least liked stories from the past 12 months. It’s not my “helper-monkey”, but the good folks at WordPress.com state their rankings algorithm is based on how many people read a particular article. The average is the sum of views divided by the number of days and its gets even more complex if you are the sort of person who likes to verify computations. I don’t.
The final tallies can be a little mystifying, to be honest.
Are readers giving a “thumbs-up” because they liked the content of the article or just the topic itself? I don’t find these summaries a really useful exercise because some of the better written articles (IMHO) will sometimes have the fewest views. It’s the old adage that writing about or reposting the nip slips, exposed undies and ever-presence dysfunction from the celebrity train wrecks for the whole world to see will bring a whole lot more views if that’s your goal. But, if nothing else, the summary does provide a snapshot of what struck in my readers’ collective fancy during the past year.
In 2011, I posted 88 new articles (about 7 per month). That brought the total archive on this blog up to just over 800 posts. I uploaded 165 pictures (or about 3 per week). The busiest day was September 25th (during the Vagos and HAMC shooting in Reno) with 1,120 views on an article I posted in 2008 (HERE). Clearly the social behavior and the attraction of the events in Reno was a big draw, but I’m mystified why the more current article (HERE) had fewer views? Maybe it’s a SEO thing. I also want to provide a shout-out to the large number of UK viewers who consistently visit the blog.
Here are the 2011 most viewed highlights:
I enjoyed this past year—and I hope you have, too. If I’ve done my “job” right as editor of this blog, then your visits will have helped make your motorcycle hobby a bit more meaningful. Hopefully you’ve become closer to your motorcycle and grown your relationship with friends that you’ve met on the road.
Photo’s courtesy of WordPress.com and Northwest Harley Blog.