Now that the New Year has been rung in, it seems that the meme of the moment
is to blog about the year in review. So I thought I'd follow suit. I looked
over my blog entries to see if I'd trended towards any new themes for 2008.
While I have written more on social media this year (who hasn't?) I quickly
noted that my topics overall continued to range across a wide array of Web
related subjects. Next I looked at my stats to see which articles were getting
the most traffic and comments.
As it happens the most read article of 2008 was also the most read article of 2007. While quick trendy subjects such as Plurk: Social Media Marketing in Action brought in new readers and temporary traffic spikes, the more timeless subjects such as writing, marketing and navigation were the ones that drew in the most readers overall. So, instead of presenting you with my top 10 articles of 2008, I've decided to break them up into 2 groups, the top 5 written in 2008 and the top 5 from year's past that continue to draw readers—even with the passage of time.
Top 5 Web Development Blog Entries written in 2008
Embedding YouTube Videos is one of the easiest things you can do on the Web, but if you're a stickler for standards compliant HTML, you can't just copy and paste. SFWobject 2.0 provides an easy remedy.
Positioning photos with hspace or tables is awkward and dated, but the CSS float property makes it easy for anyone to include images in their Web sites and blogs so that they float cleanly to the right or left of the text.
This is the first in a series of articles that make up my Planning your Web
site tutorial—in which I walk readers through a process of identifying
goals, understanding their audience, choosing content, outlining a site and
organizing pages and navigation.
Writing is more than the stringing of words into a sentence. This article
addresses the importance of using a tone suitable to both the audience and
the subject matter in order to better connect with readers and clearly convey
The Web is constantly evolving and we're all trying to keep up with the latest
trends and technologies. But no matter which platform we use to publish, which
strategies we apply, it always seems to come back to the basics. The most basic
element of the Web is content. While video and audio continue to build in popularity,
the core of our content is still composed of words. That's probably why the
Voice and Tone article was read more than any other.
You, my readers, understand the importance of fundamentals over the latest
fad. I think that is why—for the most part—the most popular subjects on this
blog are the ones that address these basic strategies, those that can be applied
now and in the future. In 2009 I expect to be writing more on social media
topics such as Facebook and Twitter, but I'll also be writing more about content
and general marketing principles, the foundations we build upon in all of our
What about you? If you're a blogger what will you focus on in 2009? If you're
a regular (or new) reader, what would you like to see here?
Happy New Year!
P.S. Read more of my thoughts on social media and the Web on Ariwriter