Sunday, 3 February 2008

Top 20 Posts Meme (First 3 months of a blog)

Now that this blog is officially 3 months old (such a cute anniversary) and I've returned from a weekend spent with the family, thought I'd take a look at the posts so far and compile a list of what seems to be the most popular ones. Difficult to qualify as what exactly is a popular post? I've chosen ones that have caused the most comments - whether good or bad - and ones that have drawn other people to this blog over the last three months.

Top 20 Posts in the life of this blogs first 3 months (in no particular order):

Why not turn this into a meme and tag others, I thought. As this is my first attempt to create a meme I've decided to tag all those that are included in my blogroll to date - are still active bloggers - and hopefully they will post on their Top 20 popular posts from their blogs in the first 3 months of their lives. If some of them take part it'll be interesting to see what was dominant in the news at the time of starting their blogs and also what they were passionate about.

Alan in Dyfed, Alex Williams, Alun Cairns AM, Andrew Nutt, Bethan Jenkins AM, Betsan Powys, Ceredig Daily Post Blogs Damon Lord Daniel Davies David Cornock David Davies MP David Jones MP David Peter David Williamson Dylan Jones-Evans Glyn Davies Guerrilla Welsh Fare Half-Blood Welshman Homage to Catatonia Huw Lewis AM Independent Wales Johnny Foreigner Julie Morgan MP Leanne Wood AM Leighton Andrews AM Llanelli Journal Luke Young Mark Young Martin Eaglestone Matt Withers Miserable Old Fart Morgan Hen New Welsh Right Nick Bourne AM Normal Mouth Ordovicius Paul Flynn MP Penri James Peter Black AM Pilchard Red Anorak Senedd Whip Southpaw Grammar Steffan Lewis Stephen Crabb MP The Bright Side of Insomia Thoughts of Oscar Tom Bodden Tomos Livingstone Valleys Mam Vaughan Roderick Wales World Nation Welsh Blog Index Welsh Independence Welsh Ramblings Welsh Womens Voice What is Wales? Amlwch to Magor Adam Price MP David Jones MP Nick Bourne AM Paul Flynn MP Coffee House Justin Webb Mark Mardell Nick Cohen Nick Robinson Tom Bodden Tomos Livingstone Vaughan Roderick A Liberal goes a long way A Very British Dude An Englishman's Castle Beau Bo D' Or Bob Piper Boris Johnson MP Burning our Money Charlie Marks Chris Paul's Labour of Love Cicero's Songs Conservative History Conservative Home Croydonian Daily Referendum Dave's Part Devil's Kitchen Dizzy Thinks Dodgeblogium Donal Blaney Edland Ellee Seymour EU Referendum Bloggerheads Grendel Guido Fawkes Hunter and Shooter Iain Dale's Diary J. Arthur MacNumpty James Cleverly Jon Swift Kerron Cross Laura-Rose Saunders Libdem Voice Liberal England Little Man in a Toque Luke Akehurst Lynne Featherstone MP Man in a Shed Michael Meacher MP Mike Rouse Ministry of Truth Monkey with a Blue Rosette Mr Eugenides Nadine Dorries MP Newmania in Lewes Nicolas Webb Norfolk Blogger Nourishing Obscurity Paul Bristow Paul Burgin, Mars Hill Paul Linford Political Betting Praguetory Quaequam Blog Reactionary Snob Recess Monkey Rob Newman Shane Greer Skipper Slugger O'Toole Stumbling and Mumbling Susanne Lamido Tartan Hero The Ink The Last Ditch The Waendel Journal The Wilted Rose Thunder Dragon Tory Radio UK Daily Pundit Wardman Wire Wardman Wire (UK) Westminster Wisdom Westmonster Womble on Tour Annie Rhiannon Blog Cymru Blog Power Chris Cope Everything is Electric Girl With A One Track Mind Hoby Cartoons Menopausal Old Bag Mutley the Dog No Good Boyo Petite Anglaise Rachel North London Skidmore's Island Smiling Under Buses The Last of the Few Theo Spark Wife in the North Welsh Political News Welsh Poliblogs Scottish Political News


Anonymous 3 February 2008 at 17:45  

Most popular has to be the one on disabled children without a doubt.

Jonty 3 February 2008 at 17:51  

My favourite was the Members Restaurant Launch and its gossip.

Devil's Kitchen 3 February 2008 at 17:54  

Miss Wagstaff,

An interesting meme but, having perused my early months, I realise that I only posted 15 posts in my first three months.

Blogging was not as big in early '05, and all of those posts yield only a single comment. However, I might pull out one or two of the best posts...


Miss Wagstaff 4 February 2008 at 08:20  

DK - Thanks! The idea came to me when I was told that most blogs disappear after 3 months, particularly in Wales, when you're accused of working for a politician.

Praguetory 4 February 2008 at 10:09  

I have this data somewhere (I no longer track traffic) ... when I come across it I'll post. ;-)

Damon Lord 4 February 2008 at 12:20  

I don't think I have the data for way back then. I'll probably crack out a blog post on blogging in general back then instead. Thanks for tagging me though.

Miss Wagstaff 4 February 2008 at 12:37  

I haven't looked at traffic. Just chosen posts that have caused the most comments - whether good or bad - and ones that have drawn other people to this blog over the last three months.

I guess it's easy for me to remember which posts as I'm a relative newcomer.

Caronwen 5 February 2008 at 08:59  

Posts on education and disabled children funding did it for me.

the affected 5 February 2008 at 09:25  

Keep on picking holes in that poor excuse for a government in Cardiff. They sometimes act as if we're all brainwashed believing they can do nothing but good.

Anonymous 5 February 2008 at 22:41  

Bloody hell the Welsh blogosphere is boring, isn't there anyone left in this country with a bit of fire in their belly, vitriol in their pen and a profound hatred for all the smug establishment.

The Half-Blood Welshman 6 February 2008 at 17:52  

I don't think many of my stories ever attracted comments - partly because I don't get very much traffic!! But the two best posts I did in my first three months were on David Irving's appearance at the Oxford Union debate, which drew a fierce attack from one of his fellow Holocaust Deniers, a spirited defence from somebody else and qualified praise from DEborah Lipstadt herself. Most of the rest were on the election that wasn't, and are thus not particularly important.

You can read my posts here and here: Deborah Lipstadt's own brief but complimentary post was here.

Sorry I haven't time to go into it in more depth!!!

Miss Wagstaff 7 February 2008 at 00:10  

Anon 22:41 Ouch! Would hurt moreif I knew your name. Would hurt even more if the criticism was constructive ;)

HB Welshman - You should contact Welsh Political News (see my blogroll) and ask to be added to their feed.

old hand 19 February 2008 at 00:46  

Excellent posts on the Civil Service and those at Cardiff Bay, which reminds me of my days there:

civil servants .... endless pointless meetings .... glossy publications that everyone bins ... parroting the current fashionable management speak ... endlessly rearranging the deckchairs ... teabreaks .... expense claims ... moaning it's too hot ... mopaning it's too cold. For God sake Sack half these parasites!!!!!

old hand 19 February 2008 at 00:47  

P.S. great fun though

Mountjoy 7 April 2008 at 13:19  

Yes, this is a great idea which is on my list of things to do. I will do this eventually...

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