“Top posts” lists are always weighted toward the first half of the year – simply because the longer an article has been published, the more time it’s had to accrue traffic – but are intrinsically interesting nonetheless, if only because of the seeming randomness within the patterns.
Here, then, are Books LIVE’s top posts of 2013 – crowned by two of my favourite South Africans, Pieter-Dirk Uys and Desmond Tutu. Long live, gentlemen, long live!
The 2013 blog posts from our news feeds that attracted the most traffic this year.
- No. 1: Video: Desmond Tutu Bursts Out Laughing as Pieter-Dirk Uys Does an Impersonation of Him
- No. 2: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah Wins 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction
- No. 3: Hemelse Program vir Woordfees 2013 bekendgestel
- No. 4: Sunday Read: Antjie Krog’s Poem, “Lament at the Death of Mandela”
- No. 5: African Movies to Look Forward to in 2013 Include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun
- No. 6: Julius Malema’s Belongings Go on Auction to Pay Tax Debts
- No. 7: Raoul J Granqvist Reveals the Real Story Behind Famous Chinua Achebe Photos
- No. 8: Kerneels Breytenbach resenseer Die AA tot OE van seks deur Riette Rust
- No. 9: Redi Tlhabi Wins the 2013 Alan Paton Award for Endings and Beginnings
- No. 10: RIP Mandy Rossouw (1979 – 2013)
Posts from the Books LIVE community
Once again, Helen Moffett comes up trumps, with her follow-up to 2012′s top post, which went almost as viral as the original. Long live, Helen, long live! (Explore the full Books LIVE community here.)
- No. 1: Fuck Women’s Day. FUCK IT.* by Helen Moffett
- No. 2: Who’s Who of South African Crime Writing by Mike Nicol
- No. 3: Idees vir opstelle deur Fanie Viljoen
- No. 4: Creepy swimming pools by Lauren Beukes
- No. 5: Ingqanga ifile: The Bateleur is dead. Praise Poem to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918-2013 by Patricia Schonstein
- No. 6: Who are the poetry advocates in South Africa? by Colleen Higgs
- No. 7: Braai Day se ma se p**s! by Gregory Fried
- No. 8: Submitting to agents by Cat Hellisen
- No. 9: Getting YA Right by SA Partridge
- No. 10: Introducing the Nameless Foundation by Richard de Nooy
Top deleted community post of 2013
Why O Why does Sven delete his posts? The ghost URL associated with the post below is still generating enough hits to put it in the top ten. Sigh.
- Murder for a good cause by Sven Eick
Community blog with the highest traffic acceleration in 2013
She started with almost no traffic this year – and has taken her blog into the top ten, traffic-wise, in the entire Books LIVE community. Nice work!
Controversial community post which unaccountably didn’t make it into the Top Ten
Perhaps because it was published later in the year – or perhaps because only community members were interested in it, as opposed to the general reading public.
- Henpecked And… by Ian Martin (see comments)
Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone – thanks for making 2013 a special one at Books LIVE. See you t’other side of January 1st!