For the last two weeks we've counted down our most read stories from each of the last six years, as counted by pageviews.
I was planning to run one final piece on our top stories of 2010, but frankly, things are still shifting about too quickly. I compiled a sample list a few days ago, and it's already changed around. Sadly, this year we just haven't had enough traffic to show any clear leaders for more than a day at a time.
So instead, let's end on a high note. Because the best thing about YesButNoButYes.com wasn't the stories we wrote. it was the comments left by our amazing community of readers, a group we termed the Loyal 77.
Over the years we've had commenters who burst onto our pages and seemed to become old friends - names that some of you may not know but once were legendary - Johnny Chicago, Jeni Gump, The Sarcastic One - and a few who made the jump from commenters to writers, including ConservaLiberCrat_08 and our beloved Miss Cellania.
All in all, we've received well over 40,000 comments on YBNBY. But - what are the most commented stories of all time? And more importantly, why? On the eve of the execution, let's look back to see our Top Ten most commented stories of all time.
For me, 2008 will always be the Year of THE Election on YBNBY. The rancor over politics became so heated that I actually had to ban political themed posts for a couple of weeks, leading up to probably my favorite YBNBY moment of all time, our election night liveblog (archived here for posterity). But this freudian Caption Competition, with 115 entries, really brought things to a head.
"Where are They Now" was always a throbbing vein of inspiration for YBNBY, and none more so that Miss Cellania's series of entries on long forgotten porn stars. This one - number three in the series - not only let a lot of fading porn lovers creep out of the closet, but also push YBNBY into the top google rankings for the term "Voluminous Ejaculate".
A classic example of how comments can go wildly off-topic amongst a group of regulars - classic interplay between the Loyal 77 from it's halcyon period.
This article by Jellio was picked up by many of the advertising trades, and because it was one the the few top tens we ran that had no boobs or violence, it probably travelled a lot further. It was also one where most reminded us of a commercial or ad icon we'd forgotten.
6. Caption Competition WITH PRIZES!!!
After running a blog for a few years, one thing you'll find is that sometimes image links get broken, and here we have an example of our most popular Caption Competition ever, with the image mysteriously missing. Rather than try and fix it, I thought it would be fun to leave it very existentially - 123 Captions for an image that no longer exists.
Ahh - conspiracy theorists, nothing seems to attract them more than a blog post trying to point out the error of their ways. And so they came, to tell us about controlled demolitions, complex plots and coverups. And we laughed and laughed and laughed.
If you could jump into bed with someone, even if you are in a committed relationship, who would be on the list? It was the subject of conversation in HBO's EXCELLENT Treme a few weeks ago, and more importantly, here on YBNBY back in 2008. At the time Miss C said " Easy for me to do, since I am not in a committed relationship. I'm not even in an uncommitted relationship". Little did she know that by the time YBNBY wound down, she'd be the hitched one.
3. Top Ten Violent Death Scenes
Where 198 commenters said hello to our little friend.
If I remember right, we can thank StumbleUpon for all the traffic to this story, as the world outsourced enough inappropriately named streets to fill a book. hmm, you know Baierman, we could have something there....
And I guess in the end, it's only fitting that our most read story of all time is also our most commented with 273 insightful inscriptions, mainly fanboys telling us that we ripped off SuperDickery. Laugh at our Boner, will they?