2011 Recap (and Some Awards)

Well, I must say it has been a surprisingly productive first five months of existence for The Pop Culture Historian. It all started with my review of Arai Akino’s Sora no Uta. After that, I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that The Pop Culture Historian very much was drawing traffic, starting with my Facebook friends whom I have been pretty relentlessly spamming. Afterward, I gained subscriptions from like-minded bloggers who chanced upon The Pop Culture Historian either through the WordPress dashboard or through search engines like Google or  Yahoo.

Let’s start by showcasing the most popular posts that I have posted. These are the posts that had the most hits according to the WordPress stat counter as of today, December 14, 2011:

Granted, these numbers seem less than impressive. However, most of the traffic received here has been directed from various search engines. Most of the time, the users are led to the blog’s home page, at a whopping 1083 hits!

On the subject of such matters, now is a good time to showcase the 5 most commonly searched terms to lead to The Pop Culture Historian:

  • “black hawk down” 37 times (5 Great War Movies)
  • “paul mccartney london town” 31 times (London Town)
  • “kill bill” 26 times (Kill Bill (Vol. 1 & 2))
  • “wings london town” 18 times (London Town)
  • “cod1” 12 times (Call of Duty: Then and Now)

However, I do need to give honorable mention both to a post and to a search term, or rather a combination of search terms. There appeared to have been many people searching for stuff dealing with silent comedies from the 1920s, but they all searched different combinations of terms even though they were looking for the same thing. For that reason, I’ll give an honorable mention to Comedies: From Silents to Talkies.

Of course I need to include some dubious award. As anyone will tell you, pornography is among the most commonly searched items on the Internet. Well, I have seen two search terms containing the word “p*ssy” that led to The Pop Culture Historian. I also saw “freida pinto feet” as another one. However, the 2011 Most Awkward Search Term Award goes to: “jessica lange and tim roth seks scene in rob roy movi” (sic) Those of you who entered such search terms: You may rejoice for you have earned your 15 seconds of fame.

In the coming weeks, I will also present the following Historian’s Choice awards in the following categories:

  • Best Movie
  • Best Video Game
  • Best Anime
  • The Ian Fleming Memorial Award for Best James Bond Film

At least this year, I haven’t really seen any non-anime television series, and I only reviewed two music albums, so I decided not to bother awarding anything in those categories, and have the Bond award as a placeholder as I’ve been on a slight Bond binge as of late.

Of course, I would like to hear your input as well. You may choose among any of the items in the Review Archives and you may vote either by commenting on this post or by e-mailing me (nas75@cornell.edu) if you want to keep your votes more confidential.

I will enforce the following deadlines:

  • Best Movie by Sunday, December 18, 2011
  • Best Video Game by Tuesday, December 20, 2011
  • Best Anime by Christmas, 2011
  • Best James Bond Film by Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy voting people!