Year in review 2008

Way back on April 3, this blog was born.

My first post was indicitive of what was to come for the rest of the year. It was aptly titled “Habs rule and Sens suck.” Nine months later, and you could still say the same thing.

In that time, I’ve had 12,028 people read my blog, 308 posts (not including this one) and 385 comments. I’ve also had 796 spam comments, so at least I’m popular amongst spammers.

Anyways, with today being a good day to look back on 2008, I thought it would be interesting to share what you all thought were my top posts, judging by how many hits it got.

#10: Tie- Photos of Cleary, June 5 (91 hits) and Hockey theme song gone?, June 5 (91 hits)

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn

AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn

Coincidentally, the two posts tied for 10th were also written on the same day. The first were a few photos of Daniel Cleary hoisting the Stanley Cup (the first Newfie to ever win the Cup), and the second was about Hockey Night in Canada not renewing the contract for the traditional HNIC theme song.

Favourite line: “In three years time, most people will know the new theme by heart, and forget there was an old one.”

#9: Child porn is not art, May 28 (114 hits)

Cate Blanchett came out in support of Bill Henson, a guy who took nude photos of 12- and 13-year-olds and passed them off as art.

Favourite line: “The problem with this is that when someone else takes real child pornography photos, they might then be able to hide behind the “art” defence.”

#8: Rotten Neighbours, August 12 (149 hits)

All about a website where you can post comments about your neighbours, either good or bad.

Favourite line: “I think it’s a good website, but does have to be taken with a grain of salt.”

#7: The NHL’s best fans are…?, August 29 (166 hits)montreal

A guy in Minnesota used statistics to prove what we already know: that the Montreal Canadiens have the best fans in the league.

Favourite line: “The passion for the Habs is something most other NHL fans can only dream of.”

#6: The best of both worlds, April 3 (194 hits)

One of my first blog posts, it had to do with a census Canada story that there are more mixed marriages than ever before. It hit close to home, as I am in a mixed marriage, as are most of my friends.

Favourite line: “I learn about her culture, and she learns about mine.”

#5: Sundin to Montreal?, June 4 (197 hits)

I wrote this way back when the Montreal Canadiens were thinking of getting Mats Sundin. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one curious. Lots of debate, but the summer turned into the hockey season, it became obvious he wasn’t going to Montreal.

Favourite line: “Would I be heartbroken if Montreal didn’t get him? Of course not. Montreal has done the past few years by drafting smart and building around youth.”

#4: Nude pictures, December 5 (219 hits)

This blog post was about a couple of cheerleaders who took nude photos of themselves and sent them to their boyfriends, who in turn sent them to the rest of the school. The girls were suspended, so the parents decided to sue the school for some weird reason.

Favourite line: “By suing, the parents are actually bringing more attention onto their kids.”

#3: NHL rule changes, June 19 (223 hits)

It shouldn't take more than two minutes to decide if the referee was right in his call.

Just some general thoughts on NHL rule changes the NHL was making. It didn’t start getting me hits until the season began, but then it took off.

Favourite line: “This is a good new rule that could increase scoring, and might have to change coaching strategy.”

#2: Don’t have overdue books, Aug. 22 (370 hits)

This one surprised me. I had no idea what to blog about, and finally settled on a story about a woman who was arrested for not returning library books. But apparently, a lot of people were interested in this. It gave me my busiest day on the blog, as 183 people came to visit. I had no clue that so many people cared about this story, but there it was.

Favourite line: “She had to spend $30 for the overdue books, but her mom had to spend $172 to get her out of jail.”

#1: Kidney stones, Aug. 15 (406 hits)

My kidney stone

My kidney stone

Apparently, my post of what it felt like to have a kidney stone has touched a lot of people. It never dominated any day for statistics, but every day it seems like I get one or two hits for people looking for kidney stone information.

Favourite line: “I’m not too sure how many of you noticed, but since about a month ago, I’m two millimetres lighter.”


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