Via Alex: Kevin Lim is requesting that bloggers write a post about their most popular blog entries and to tag the entry through Technorati with bestblogforward. Because I can never resist an excuse to go digging through my archives, I’m happy to comply. As Alex notes, Kevin suggests three different methods for selecting “most popular” entries: by comments, by hits, or by Google. Of course each approach will produce vastly different results, but that’s part of the fun.
One of my top entries via Google is a book meme that was circulating in winter 2005. The next entry on Google surprised me a little. When Sin City was in theaters, I wrote an entry, Visualizing Sin City about a website that compared panels from Frank Miller’s comic book with stills from the Robert Rodriguez film adaptation. Other top entries were my reviews of Crash, Gunner Palace and United 93. Similarly, I get a number of search hits for a post linking to New Ki’d’s pineapple salsa recipe.
In terms of comments, my most popular recent entries would be my top ten movie list for 2005 and my announcement that I have been hired for a tenure-track gig at Fayetteville State University. An entry from a couple of years ago on the Democratic primary for Georgia’s 2004 Senate race has drawn the most comments of any entry I’ve written, including several posts from the candidates themselves.
But I’m more interested in those entries that continue to get comments months or years after I’ve written them, and here two entries really stand out. The first was an entry I wrote on an ABC special about Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code back in 2003. The entry gets an unusual number of hits becaise one of my commenters misspelled “Magdalene,” and it continues to attract people who are curious about Brown’s conspiracy narrative, the novel’s gender politics, or other similar issues. I write the entry simply to express curiosity about the book and its cult status.
The other frequently visited entry mentions my sadness at learning about the execution of David Harris the very week I was teaching the documentary The Thin Blue Line. While Harris is clearly guilty of murder, I mentioned in passing that Errol Morris’s documentary had humanized him for me. The entry has continued to be one of my most visited, and commenters have used the entry to discuss the politics of the death penalty, to talk about the documentary, or in some cases to mourn Harris’s death. I might not have written the entry if I wasn’t teaching the film that summer, so I find it fascinating that the entry remains one of my most popular two summers after I initially wrote it. I think that speaks to the power of Morris’s documentary more than anything I had to say about it, but like the “Mary Magdalene” entry, I’m not sure that I intended the entry to be “popular” or what it means that these entries seem to be more popular thn others I’ve written.
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