HiLobrow
"Neither highbrows nor lowbrows nor midbrows, but elastic-brows.” — George Orwell
Top HiLobrow posts 2012
Categories: Read-outs

The Discominimalism post — which really ought to be credited to Franklin Bruno — that we published on September 30 was picked up by Boing Boing, with the usual result: a temporary sharp spike in HiLobrow traffic. Which got me looking at our Google Analytics stats… something that I do about twice per year, because I really don’t care about traffic. Actually, I dislike knowing traffic stats — it’s a misleading and rigged popularity contest.

However, because I am slightly OCD and enjoy lists (cf. the many lists in my two 2012 books, SIGNIFICANT OBJECTS and UNBORED), I thought I’d amuse myself by publishing a variety of HiLobrow Unique Visitor Top 25 lists… I’m interested to hear what readers think of this information. How do you construe it?

Two prefatory notes: (1) Boing Boing’s influence on the shape of these lists ought not to be misunderestimated (as GWB might have put it). (2) I have written more HiLobrow posts than anyone else; it’s my blog, after all. Also, I’ve been posting to HiLobrow since day one, so the long-tail effect comes into play. I’d construe the frequency of my name on these lists, then, more as a statistical likelihood rather than as a sign that I’m particularly good at writing posts that make traffic needles jump. Finally — I’m doubtlessly far more likely to send my own posts to Boing Boing than others’…

***

Here are the top 25 HiLobrow posts and pages between October 1, 2011 and October 1, 2012

  1. HOMEPAGE — 106,800 pageviews during that period. (1st on all-time posts & pages list)
  2. IMPLICIT SUPERHERO series index — series by John Hilgart (21st all-time)
  3. KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM series index (25th all-time)
  4. Discominimalism — by Josh (really: by Franklin Bruno)
  5. Pop Arcana (#3: Cthulhu is Not Cute) — by Erik Davis (2nd all-time)
  6. Guy Fawkes Mask-ology — by Molly Sauter
  7. Douglas Rushkoff — Interview by Peggy Nelson
  8. BP Logo Redesign — by Josh (4th all-time)
  9. Lego Glenn Danzig — by Josh
  10. HILOBOOKS index page
  11. Revivalist Generation (1974–83) — by Josh (11th all-time)
  12. HILO HEROES category index (7th all-time)
  13. Purple Exegetics — by Matthew De Abaitua
  14. June Carter Cash — HiLo Hero item by Brian Berger
  15. Cee-Lo Green — HiLo Hero item by Jason Grote (22d all-time)
  16. Social Darwikians Generation (1984–93) — by Josh
  17. BROWBEATING category index (5th all-time)
  18. WAGE SLAVE’S GLOSSARY page
  19. CODEBREAKING category index (9th all-time)
  20. What Was the Hipster — by Josh (18th all-time)
  21. Millennium Fakeout — by Tim Spencer
  22. Big Mal Lives! — by Josh
  23. Steve Wozniak — HiLo Hero item by Patrick Cates
  24. Vivienne Westwood — HiLo Hero item by Lynn Peril
  25. Ultimate Ruin Porn — by Peggy Nelson

*

Here are the top 25 HiLobrow posts and pages actually published between October 1, 2011 and October 1, 2012.

  1. HOMEPAGE
  2. IMPLICIT SUPERHERO series index — series by John Hilgart
  3. KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM series index
  4. Discominimalism — by Josh (really: by Franklin Bruno)
  5. Guy Fawkes Mask-ology — by Molly Sauter
  6. Douglas Rushkoff — Interview by Peggy Nelson
  7. Lego Glenn Danzig — by Josh
  8. HILOBOOKS index page
  9. HILO HEROES category index
  10. June Carter Cash — HiLo Hero item by Brian Berger
  11. BROWBEATING category index
  12. WAGE SLAVE’S GLOSSARY page
  13. CODEBREAKING category index
  14. Millennium Fakeout — by Tim Spencer
  15. Big Mal Lives! — by Josh
  16. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#1) — by John Hilgart
  17. Pop Arcana (#6 — Rick Griffin, Superstar, pt. 1) — by Erik Davis
  18. HOMEPAGE, p. 2 (#15 all-time)
  19. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#2) — by John Hilgart
  20. FICTION category index (#17 all-time)
  21. HAW-HAW category index (#12 all-time)
  22. KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM series index (#10 all-time)
  23. MOST POPULAR category index
  24. Anthony Michael Hall — HiLo Hero item by Tor Aarestad
  25. Hermenaut: Philip K. Dick — by Josh

*

Finally, here are the top 25 HiLobrow posts published between October 1, 2011 and October 1, 2012 — no pages

  1. Discominimalism — by Josh (really: by Franklin Bruno)
  2. Guy Fawkes Mask-ology — by Molly Sauter
  3. Douglas Rushkoff — Interview by Peggy Nelson
  4. Lego Glenn Danzig — by Josh
  5. June Carter Cash — HiLo Hero item by Brian Berger
  6. Millennium Fakeout — by Tim Spencer
  7. Big Mal Lives! — by Josh
  8. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#1) — by John Hilgart
  9. Pop Arcana (#6 — Rick Griffin, Superstar, pt. 1) — by Erik Davis
  10. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#2) — by John Hilgart
  11. Anthony Michael Hall — HiLo Hero item by Tor Aarestad
  12. Hermenaut: Philip K. Dick — by Josh
  13. Eye Candy (#11) — by Peggy Nelson
  14. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#9) — by John Hilgart
  15. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#3) — by John Hilgart
  16. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#6) — by John Hilgart
  17. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#7) — by John Hilgart
  18. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#4) — by John Hilgart
  19. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#5) — by John Hilgart
  20. Jayne Mansfield — HiLo Hero item by Brian Berger
  21. Meet the League of Implicit Superheroes (#8) — by John Hilgart
  22. Mark E. Smith — HiLo Hero item by Tor Aarestad
  23. (Amateur) Magical Thinking — by Diana Kimball
  24. Claudia Cardinale — HiLo Hero item by Devin McKinney
  25. Pop Arcana (#7 — Rick Griffin, Superstar, pt. 2) — by Erik Davis

*

Just for fun, here are the top 25 HiLobrow posts and pages of all time

  1. HOMEPAGE (485,000 pageviews since we launched in 2009)
  2. Pop Arcana (#3: Cthulhu is Not Cute) — by Erik Davis
  3. Martha Graham — HiLo Hero item by Ingrid Schorr
  4. BP Logo Redesign — by Josh
  5. BROWBEATING category index
  6. CABLEGATE COMIX series index — by Joe Alterio
  7. HILO HEROES category index
  8. Pluperfect PDA Meme — by Josh
  9. CODEBREAKING category index
  10. KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM series index
  11. Revivalist Generation (1974–83) — by Josh
  12. HAW-HAW category index
  13. Pop Arcana (#4 — Damanhur) — by Erik Davis
  14. De Condimentis (#1 — Fish Sauce) — by Tom Nealon
  15. HOMEPAGE, p. 2
  16. Syd Barrett — HiLo Hero item by Patrick Cates
  17. FICTION category index
  18. What Was the Hipster — by Josh
  19. Post-Romantic Generation (1825–33) — by Josh
  20. Reconstructionist Generation (1964–73) — by Josh
  21. IMPLICIT SUPERHERO series index — series by John Hilgart
  22. Cee-Lo Green — HiLo Hero item by Jason Grote
  23. Mad Househusbands — by Josh
  24. Jackie Chan — HiLo Hero item by David Smay
  25. KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM series index

*

And for extra fun, here are the top 25 HiLobrow posts of all time — no pages

  1. Pop Arcana (#3: Cthulhu is Not Cute) — by Erik Davis
  2. Martha Graham — HiLo Hero item by Ingrid Schorr
  3. BP Logo Redesign — by Josh
  4. Pluperfect PDA Meme — by Josh
  5. Revivalist Generation (1974–83) — by Josh
  6. Pop Arcana (#4 — Damanhur) — by Erik Davis
  7. De Condimentis (#1 — Fish Sauce) — by Tom Nealon
  8. Syd Barrett — HiLo Hero item by Patrick Cates
  9. What Was the Hipster — by Josh
  10. Post-Romantic Generation (1825–33) — by Josh
  11. Reconstructionist Generation (1964–73)
  12. Cee-Lo Green — HiLo Hero item by Jason Grote
  13. Mad Househusbands — by Josh
  14. Jackie Chan — HiLo Hero item by David Smay
  15. Discominimalism — by Josh (really: by Franklin Bruno)
  16. The Anarcho-Symbolist Generation (1864–73) — by Josh
  17. The Original Generation X (1954–63) — by Josh
  18. Ronnie Spector — HiLo Hero item by Mimi Lipson
  19. Cablegate Comix (#1) — by Joe Alterio
  20. Diana Rigg — HiLo Hero item by David Smay
  21. Social Darwikians Generation (1984–93) — by Josh
  22. Star Wars Semiotics — by Josh
  23. Tattooed Revivalists — by Josh
  24. Modernist Generation (1884–93) — by Josh
  25. Guy Fawkes Mask-ology — by Molly Sauter

 

Share