2006 was our second year of publishing and by now we were starting to get into a groove. Our writer Jellio had perfected the art of the top ten lists, and we started to fill out our roster of writers with new peeps.
We also started delving into some groundbreaking technologies that were destined to change society, like.. err.. Second Life (is that still going?). Oh, and it was the year a little site called YouTube came to prominence, meaning we could now entertain you with videos of people lighting their own farts. It was a world only Einstein could have imagined.
But what were the most popular stories of the year?
While not always appreciated by regular readers, Gideon Television was one of my favorite creations - a Hunter Thompson Gonzo journalist in Second Life. But Gideon was featured in books on Second Life, and still gets fan mail to this day. This, one of a series of posts, explored the oldest profession in the world in one of it's newest territories.
Jellio attempts to out those who's creative vision may have been chemically induced, and demolishes a few childhood icons while he's at it.
One of only two attempts we ever really made to expand the Top Ten format. It did well, but proved that the attention span for a list is probably 15 at most. Especially for our readers. And gnats.
Hey, look kids. There's Big Ben, and there's Parliament, and there's a blog post. Kids. Big Ben, Parliament, and a blog post again.
Picked up by many industry blogs, this garnered 120 comments, mostly adults reliving childhood nightmares of Cookie Puss.
Possibly the only one of the Top Ten lists I wrote that didn't involve girls kissing or getting naked. This one involved female robots acting that way. Way different.
In an effort to raise the class and substance of YBNBY, I brought in several new writers, including The Muggler, a gifted filmmaker and visionary Creative Director. The result was fart lighting videos. And you wonder why we're closing down.
Here's a great example of how the rise of YouTube changed the way we started to write, featuring more and more video. It also shows the downside - many of the videos featured have since been removed due to violations. But surprisingly some are still up in all their glory.
It was the year Brokeback Mountain was up for an oscar, and the porn industry was soon to bareback that baby. As they seem to do every year, as shown by this comparison of Oscar Winners, and their porn counterparts.
I believe this was Jellio's shining moment, his most popular story of all time - a look back those girls that filled the posters on his bedroom walls. Not in the 80s, just when he wrote it.
That's it for 2006. Friday sees the Best of 2007. Happy Humpday