All blogs should have a “best of” page: http://tinyurl.com/4ckf7m8
Lots of blogs have auto-generated “top posts” or tags or “about” posts that act as introductions to the site. But how do you distinguish what’s churning (or churned a long time ago) from what’s really hung on as valuable? What are the exemplars? If your blog had a portfolio, what would it look like? And how would you decide what went into it?
For instance, before starting this post, I went through our analytics to find our highest-traffic posts, assuming that even if it’s an imperfect metric (I think it misses some hits and spreads out traffic to some of the older posts that got new URLs unevenly), it’ll help some of the best stuff rise to the top.
And it turns out that Snarkmarket’s highest-traffic single post is Robin’s “Stock and flow,” which is a little over a year old. Not only a good candidate for the blog’s “best of” page, but actually illustrates the concept of a “best of” very well.
On the other hand, one of the other top posts is “OMG!!11! Google LOL,” written by Matt in 2005. It’s no slouch — nice little post about Google’s then brand-spanking-new IM client. But I strongly suspect that the accidental Google juice of the title skewed this post’s numbers a little bit. At any rate, I wouldn’t pick it for the “best of.” Not when Matt’s “Towards Engagement” or “Free Book Idea: Too Big To Succeed” sitting out there.
So this is an open call to the Snarkmatrix. What do you think are the site’s best posts? Which ones were the most important? Which are the smartest? The funniest? The strangest? The most relevant, six or seven years later? Which meant the most to you? If you had to say “here are ten posts you should read from Snarkmarket,” which would you pick?
Let ‘er rip in the comments below.