AS EXPECTED, THE MOST COMMONLY VIEWED pages on my IrishEyes blog were the ones with the longest tails. They caught the interest of prosumers who had gadgets to tweak. And they also caught the eye of mainstream journos who pointed to things I wrote about the Motorola V710 Bluetooth hack, how to build a stun gun from a disposable camera and some thoughts on iPod porn.
Each of these pages attracted a minimum of 37 viewers on Christmas day, a monthly low-water mark for this blog since only 1177 page loads from 866 unique visitors visited here on December 25th.
I credit the long reach of these posts to the two-way comments under each of the entries. After I wrote them, I normally stepped back and let them take on an energy of their own. This happened because readers wanted to comment on them. The comments appear to give the posts more Google juice and that helped their visibility in search engines. For that, I can thank Typepad for its comment-blocking system. All of my most popular pages avoided comment spammers and some of that avoidance is down to Six Apart's blocklist.
That said, the smart comment spammers will read this posting and realign their tools to desecrate my most frequently-read pages.
I'm sure I will discover more about those who read IrishEyes by watching the stats behind my blog. For 2005, I posted 851 times here. Most of them went mail-to-blog (from my Nokia 9500 to my Typepad blog) which means I wrote most of the things for this blog while I was away from my desk. That could also mean my desk is a mobile platform. Feels normal to me.