2016’s greatest hits

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Well liked in 2016

It’s my year-end tradition to highlight the year’s posts that were most read, commented, and liked.

Thank you for being a part of the Down the Road community this year! I couldn’t have imagined when I started this blog how much I would come to enjoy interacting with you.

Can I ask you to take another look at my five personal favorite posts from 2016? I really put my heart into them, and I’d love it if they’d get a little more attention.

Perhaps the most obvious measure of popularity is pageviews. These posts got the most of those this year:

My favorite measure, however, is comments. I feel like I’ve written something interesting or valuable when lots of you feel compelled to write something in response. And I really enjoy interacting with you over your perspectives and ideas.

If you have a WordPress account, you can click a Like button on my posts. These posts were most Liked:

For giggles, here are this blog’s most-viewed posts of all time:

  • Where can you still get film developed? — This post remains a top-five Google search result when people want to know if their nearest drug store still processes film. Its momentum appears to finally be slowing; it got 20% fewer views this year than last. Still, this year it got 85% more views than the next most popular post.
  • Cameras — This is the homepage for all the cameras I’ve reviewed here. I think it gets mostly organic views, that is, people come here for other reasons and then click the Cameras link that’s on every page.
  • Review: Wolverine Super F2D — This cheap film-to-digital converter has been superseded by newer models, yet this review still gets a lot of visits.
  • What’s a guy who still shoots film supposed to do? — A post in which I lament the loss of inexpensive drug-store film processing.
  • Yashica MG-1 — A camera review. Apparently, few others have reviewed this camera and so my review gets all of the Internet search love.


9 responses to “2016’s greatest hits”

  1. George Denzinger Avatar
    George Denzinger

    Hey, did you and Jim Cavanaugh conspire to release a “greatest hits” blog post today? LOL!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Given that this is my sixth annual GH post I think we can all see who had the idea first!

  2. Jon Avatar

    Hi Jim,
    Always enjoy your blog and mostly the photos you make. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Jon for following my blog!

  3. Sam Avatar

    Awesome stuff!! I admire not only your knowledge and experience, but the fact that you can do this almost daily. I can’t do it!! Happy New Year to you and yours!!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Sam! I like the discipline of publishing six days a week. I don’t know if I’ll do it forever, but for now it works for me. Be well in the new year!

      1. Sam Avatar

        Thanks Jim, I’ve always admired your discipline and of course, I love your work. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  4. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    Great blog Jim I always enjoy reading what you have to say, looking forward to 2017. A Happy New Year to you and your family.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Christopher for being a loyal reader!

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