My original blog, City of Kik, is on Google's Blogger network, so Google Analytics provides a lot of data about visitation to my site, demographic information, and trends. My blog is also featured on Open Salon, which offers a ranking system based on a combination of Page Views, number of Comments, and Editor Picks.
It's interesting to see the differences in the two measurements of so-called "popularity." In my opinion, the list from OS seems to be the essays that I consider much more creative, ones that I'm much more proud of showcasing. The stats from Google Analytics seem to point to the much more matter-of-fact essays I wrote -- news items, lists, reviews.
The most popular entry on my Google list by a long, long margin (in the tens of thousands of page views) was a post I did about pop star Katy Perry. My most popular entry on OS was a piece I wrote about the over-use of profanity in society, which generated a lot of hits and over 100 comments (more than anything else I've written).
Here are my top blog entries from each source:
According to Google Analytics:
Defending Katy Perry
A Look at Werewolves from Wolf Man to New Moon
The Many Faces of Superman
Dark Tower Movie Trilogy and TV Series Confirmed
Why I Love Baseball
20 Years After Home Alone
Why Gene Simmons Should Be the Next American Idol Judge
The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary
America: The Story of Us
According to Open Salon:
Most Profanity is Just a Sign of Laziness
A Year on OS and Some of the Writers Who Inspire Me
The Ironic Struggles of Blockbuster Video
Movie Ideas Based on Children's Classics
Great Female Action Characters
A Dozen of the Greatest Animated Movies of All Time
The Greatest Movie John Hughes Ever Made
Best Baseball Movies
Conan O'Brien is Not the Bad Guy
Stop Cluttering Up My TV Screen
The Ethics of Posthumous Publishing
How Old is Too Old for Superman?
So it seems on OS, the more opinionated and personal I get, the more I'm rewarded. And it seems on Blogger, the more "just the facts, ma'am" I write, the more people find me via search engines, etc. Interesting, very interesting.