The Year in Review

Volume 8, Issue 1; 01 Jan 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

At the close of my first full calendar year of writing in this medium, a look back at what you looked at last year.

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

Bernard Berenson

I have complete logs for 2004 and I thought I'd grovel over them a bit. Or, more accurately, I thought I'd let Perl grovel over them a bit. Filtering out the hits that were obviously from searching bots, here's what I found.

Table 1. Top 20 Essays
Hits Essay
7957 Pub Signs, 13 Oct 2003.
7420 Summer Flowers, 02 Jul 2003.
6319 Capri, Italy, 08 Apr 2002.
6301 Verona, Italy, 02 Apr 2002.
5868 St. Thomas, USVI, Feb 2003.
5489 Pisa, Italy, 06 Apr 2002.
5278 Pompeii, Italy, 09 Apr 2002.
4772 Lugano, Switzerland, 01 Apr 2002.
4430 Christmas Crackers, 26 Dec 2003.
4294 Palm Icons, 16 Jan 2004.
4293 Milan, Italy, 31 Mar 2002.
3257 Bad for the Eyes, 09 Sep 2003.
2986 On Atom and Postel's Law, 12 Jan 2004.
2945 The South of France, Sep 2000.
2921 DocBook NG: The “Cachaça” Release, 26 May 2004.
2722 How?, 14 May 2003.
2681 Venice, Italy, 02 Apr 2002.
2673 XML Is Not Object Oriented, 01 Jun 2003.
2607 Dishwasher Repair, 28 Sep 2004.
2404 XML 2.0, 10 Nov 2004.

In retrospect, perhaps I should have filtered out the essays that weren't from 2004.

Table 2. Top 20 Essay Searches
Hits Search Text
3644 summer flowers
2660 pub signs
1180 verona italy
990 capri italy
952 lugano switzerland
945 ferrari testarossa
920 verona, italy
836 capri, italy
797 pompeii italy
782 palm icons
758 pisa italy
740 christmas crackers
704 pompeii, italy
680 megan's bay
662 jewelweed
629 san gabriel mission
617 pisa, italy
554 lugano, switzerland
552 dishwasher repair
505 the thinker by rodin

Clearly, I should take more vacations :-).

Table 3. Top 20 Images

I haven't gone looking for referrers in the log, but I can't help but think there are some other links to that Statue of Liberty image.

Table 4. Top 20 Images
Hits Essay
48370 statue of liberty
17653 castle
9659 mansion
8155 united nations
7686 arc de triumph
6053 plants
5962 liberty
5586 waterfall
5425 ferris wheel
5040 tree
4747 sunset
4070 stained glass
3904 budda
3408 grapes
3204 notre dame
3153 eiffel tower
3041 stones
2966 stonehenge
2842 hadrian's wall
2650 pacific ocean

On the other hand, it was a popular search. And I am currently first in the Google image search.

Thanks, everyone, for a wonderful year.