Most commented posts of the last year

Posts since I last counted that got more than 20 comments – 42 in total, top 21 bolded, top 14 and top 7 in larger fonts.

25 Dec: The Next Doctor – 30 comments (that day’s Who)
27 Dec: Two things I have been wondering – 31 comments (bananas and bluestockings)
31 Dec: 2008 books poll – 21 comments (books I read in 2008)
31 Dec: Books I haven’t read – 49 comments (what I didn’t read in 2008)

02 Jan: In praise of… – 23 comments (the Channel Tunnel)
10 Jan: January Books 8) Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein – 53 comments (the usual Heinlein debate, mostly)
17 Jan: Actually, never mind what I think… – 38 comments (first of several polls on the Guardian 1001 books list)
18 Jan: Guardian books: Crime – 26 comments (more from the Guardian 1001)
19 Jan: Guardian Books: Comedy – 25 comments (and more)
28 Jan: Maternity leave – 38 comments (Which country other than Lesotho, Liberia, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea does not have statutory paid maternity leave?)

06 Feb: My name is Nicholas. – 28 comments (My name is not “Nick”.)
08 Feb: Andrew Wakefield’s faked research kills children – 42 comments (I feel strongly about this. Did you guess?)

02 Mar: Identity – 23 comments (why I don’t blog anonymously but others should be able to)
05 Mar: March Books 2) Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown – 60 comments (this year’s winner!)
11 Mar: Which of these films have you seen? – 34 comments (the films Obama gave Brown)

05 Apr: Reclaiming þorn – 29 comments (an alphabet post)

08 May: STV – British Columbia and Ireland – 28 comments (electoral systems and why ministers should not be members of parliament)
10 May: Lightsecond – 21 comments (query about a detail in an sf story I was reading)
27 May: Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead – 27 comments (rewatching Who from 2008)
28 May: Midnight – 20 comments (more 2008 Who)

01 Jun: Transatlantic linguistics – 35 comments (are pasties for nipples or for eating?)
10 Jun: Hellboy II: The Golden Army – “Let’s go to Antrim!” – 34 comments (most of the discussion being about correct pronunciation of Irish names)
11 Jun: The Dark Knight – “This town deserves a better class of criminal, and I’m gonna give it to them.” – 21 comments (discussion of whether it was any good or not)
15 Jun: Tuigim anois – 22 comments (origin of the verb “to twig”)
18 Jun: Monotheism – 48 comments (how to pronounce it?)

01 Jul:  Weirdo email – 36 comments
11 Jul: The Torchwood debate – 41 comments (the debate being, as so often, “was it any good?”)
21 Jul: July Books 27) Misspent Youth, by Peter F. Hamilton – 23 comments (answering my question as to whther I should bothe with any other Hamilton books, the majority answering in the negative)
23 Jul:  Etiquette, again – 20 comments

11 Aug: Fannish five – 25 comments (many questions, few of which I answered)
21 Aug: Poll prompted by reading Swift’s Directions to the Footman – 27 comments (how to spell “oxter”)

13 Sep: September Books 12) England’s Troubles, by Jonathan Scott – 21 comments (the seventeenth century)
23 Sep: CD&V – not getting my vote – 30 comments (banning the burqa, and fining cyclists without fluorescent strips)

09 Oct: Nobel Peace Prize – 35 comments (we were all surprised)
29 Oct: Films of 1959 – 23 comments (which have you seen?)

02 Nov: Sparked by a conversation last night – 20 comments (have you heard of Ian Paisley?)
07 Nov: Riddle me this – 25 comments (use of the words “blond”, “ovate” and “willowy”)
22 Nov: Sudan – 26 comments (pictures)

05 Dec:  Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire, and other bad TV shows – 33 comments (which have you seen, or even heard of?)
06 Dec: Pronunciation poll – 20 comments (how do you say “asia”?)
16 Dec: Livejournal v Dreamwidth – 35 comments (the genderfail scare)
17 Dec: Not everyone uses our calendar but most have a word for December – 42 comments

So it’s polls, controversial science fiction, and real life evil scientists that generate the most comments here.

One interesting thing (well, interesting to me) is that as Facebook starts to devour the internet, my posts of LJ entries to there are starting to spark discussion as well – and it is a completely different set of posts which get the most attention. More than ten comments were made on the following (there may have been others, but it is very tedious to chase these things down on Facebook):

07 Jul: One thing from last night’s Torchwood… – 12 comments (Queen Victoria erroneously described as HRH)
10 Jul: And so, shortly after his resurrection… – 13 comments (Torchwood again)
28 Jul: eBay etiquette – 11 comments (a troublesome seller)
01 Sep: Ireland: same-sex marriage – 36 comments (discussion became heated)
10 Sep: Unpopular belief – 13 comments (why the House of Lords should not be replaced with an elected body)
02 Oct: Referendum Day – 10 comments (deleted when the discussion got seriously derailed, but was originally about the Irish Lisbon referendum)
04 Nov: Cometh the hour, cometh the man – 10 comments (Herman Van Rompuy)
09 Nov: The Fall of the Wall, twenty years on – 11 comments (Berlin)
19 Nov: Didn’t see that coming… – 13 comments (Catherine Ashton’s appointment as EU foreign policy representative)
20 Nov: One interesting thing about Catherine Ashton… – 10 comments (she has a Dalek in her living room)

Now, six of these are fairly hard politics posts, and I guess my facebook readership, being more reflective of my professional environment, is more likely to comment on those. But I find it peculiar that of the various posts I made about Torchwood: Children of Earth, two scored high on Facebook but a completely different one scored on Livejournal. I guess it is sometimes just a matter of the post catching the attention of potential commenters; a matter more of luck than judgement.

One thought on “Most commented posts of the last year

  1. The most valuable thing I got from The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana was the personalisation of the war time politics in Italy. I considered the main story to be simply a structure to describe the role of fascism in the country.

    I recently finished The Prague Cemetery. It uses a similar mechanism to tell its story and to reveal the historical events that gave rise to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

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