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Striking a Nerve

December 28, 2010

It’s a dead week. There is little motivation to do big things between Christmas and New Year’s.  During most of my professional career, the ad agencies I worked for would close their doors.  It was a bonus week of paid vacation.  Which also makes it the perfect time to do annual recaps and take care of the loose ends as the year comes to a close.

While to some it may seem like link fishing, this annual exercise of taking a deep look at what posts struck a nerve and what posts failed to launch is very useful to me.  Part of this surely has to do with my past life examining people’s media consumption patterns.  Old habits die hard.  But the other part does help inform my decisions on how to write about the things that matter to me.

That said, I am proud to present to you the FLB’s twelve most-read posts of 2010.

They are really here for two reasons.  One is for me, which I just detailed above.  But the other reason is for you.  I write a lot of original posts, and I don’t expect anyone to read them all.  Not even Mrs. Fussy reads every single one.  It’s likely these will all be familiar to loyal readers, but even you may have missed one or two. The only way to know is to see the list for yourself.

Granted, many of these would not have taken off it weren’t for the attention they received from other media outlets.  All Over Albany, Table Hopping, Albany Eats, 12 Bottle Bar and The Ridiculous Food Society have all been significant boosters throughout the year.

#12 Troyrannosaurus – All Over Albany convinced me to brave opening day at Troy’s highly anticipated Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and after I wrote up some thoughts on the place, they kindly linked to this post.

#11 Beautiful Moms in Their Yoga Clothes – It’s our favorite place, it’s that store Trader Joe’s. Who doesn’t get excited by a TJ’s post? It’s a shame we don’t have one in the region, and that all of us need to carpool to Hadley for our fix.  Hadley.

#10 A Public Dialog on Burritos – I never did hear back from Matt Baumgartner on my offer of a double date.  It’s always fun for me when the subject of a post decides to participate in the conversation.  But he didn’t seem to appreciate my constructive criticism.

#9 The Spice of Life – Thank you to David S. from the 12 Bottle Bar for putting this up on Reddit.  It seemed that people were intrigued by the notion that the spice of life might actually be a spice.

#8 Long Island Potatoes – This makes the list thanks to its long tail.  Back in February, I wrote about this delicious potato vodka made out in Long Island, and it’s been getting traffic every week since.  Maybe it has something to do with what happens when you Google “Long Island Potatoes.” For the record, I have no idea how that happened.

#7 The Impact of Food Critics – Given that this post was about Steve Barnes, it’s no wonder that he highlighted it on his Table Hopping blog.  After all, I did kind of blame him for the Albany sushi epidemic, among other things.  Sure, it may not be all his fault, but he’s not entirely blameless either.

#6 Tour de Donut – Thank you, thank you, thank you Stanford Steph.  Without you there would be no Tour de Anything.  And thank you to All Over Albany, who even after the tour was completed, suggested every weekend in the fall that its readers might enjoy doing the tour themselves.  I’m already looking forward to Round Two of the Tour de Donut in fall 2011.

#5 An Open Letter to Capital District Chefs – Let it not be said that advertising doesn’t work.  This has been an initiative that I wanted to publicize, and that little box on the top right corner of the blog has been driving people to this post for months.  I’m always on the lookout for those doing good things with food, because I’d rather be a cheerleader than a cop.

#4 FUSSYlittleBALLOT – It’s probably time for me to start building a coalition for 2011.  But in 2010 I decided to stop complaining about the Times Union Best of the Capital Region poll, and take positive action.  Specifically I campaigned for what are some of the truly best places in the region, and I got a lot of support from fellow food bloggers.  All things considered, I was very pleased with the results.

#3 Where are John and Dottie – Yet another example of the long tail.  I wrote about their inglorious departure from the Wall Street Journal back in January, and people still come here when they discover two of the best wine journalists are no longer writing for what was once one of the country’s best papers.

#2 There Will be Brisket – I felt like this was my second big break.  My first was being featured on All Over Albany.  But being on The Consumerist blew away the previous high water mark for traffic.  Clearly all the publicity Sean Custer got as a result was better than a five dollar tip.

#1 Would You Like any Cream or Sugar? – Wow.  Seriously, wow.  This post got 101 comments!  I guess that’s what happens when you are featured on the front page of WordPress.  It’s purely serendipity, and I don’t expect lightning to strike twice.  But honestly, it felt great to get this kind of attention and recognition.  Plus I even picked up a few regular readers from the whole shebang.

Thank you all for making 2010 the best year ever for the FUSSYlittleBLOG, and I’m looking forward to a dynamite 2011.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 28, 2010 3:05 pm

    My Four Lickles post got picked up by the Huffington Post food section. This has resulted in a flurry of traffic. It is always amusing what people choose to be interested in.

  2. December 28, 2010 3:52 pm

    My top read post wasn’t even written by me–it was written by a friend who did a review of what she ate and drank at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I can just see parents everywhere who have plunked down the dough for flights, tickets, hotel, hitting google up to see what other information they can find about a pretty new place. Despite my best efforts to try to reach the people of the DC area and encourage them to patronize the lovely farmers’ markets, the upstart holes in the wall with delicious, locally-sourced food, my biggest source of traffic is due to an undoubtedly American concept. The overpriced theme park in or around Orlando.

  3. December 29, 2010 10:18 am

    My inlaws are kind enough to live less than 5 miles to a TJs, so we make it a point to stock up on dry goods when we come visit. :)

    I’ve been sporadic in my blogging, meaning my readers are still sporadic, but this post and the subsequent post seem to be the most popular, at a whopping4 comments each. People like it when I post my musings on modern relationships.

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