Here is a list of the 10 most popular posts on this blog last year (as measured by views counted by my analytics applications). The posts were published in 2010 (4 posts), 2013 (2), 2014 (2), 2005 (1) and 2012 (1).
- The Toyota Way – Two Pillars (2010)
- No True Lean Thinking or Agile Software Development (2010)
- The Purpose of an Organization (2005)
- Steve Jobs on Quality, Business and Joseph Juran (2014)
- Why Don’t Football Players Just Thrown the Ball Out of Bounds to Stop the Clock (2010)
- Stated Versus Revealed Preference (2013)
- 94% Belongs to the System (2013)
- Keys to the Effective Use of the PDSA Improvement Cycle (2012)
- Deming and Software Development (2014)
- Don’t Treat People How You Want to be Treated (2010)
One of the things this illustrates is why it is so important to have urls (web addresses) live forever. The idea that ancient (in web thinking) content doesn’t matter is not accurate. My site is a tiny population and shouldn’t be used to make a judgement but from what I have read is this is very common for sites with high quality content. If the content is good, the shelf live usually isn’t just 1 week (or even 1 decade).
Looking at the top 10 posts by year, gives a view of the data that shows 2010 seems to be special. But I think it is just random variation at play. Or maybe 2010 me deserved a big bonus for such great writing?
Posts in early 2014 have an advantage in making the list. There is a big spike in views in the first couple weeks. So if the post gets to count those and has a long time in 2014 it is more likely to make the top 10 (if it is later in the year though the advantage of the spike is offset by only having a portion of the year to gain views). Both 2014 posts in the top 10 were from March. In the next 10 most popular posts 5 were from 2014 (2010 had 2 and 2008, 2009 and 2011 had 1 each).