As everybody is still busily digesting their Beatle-related gifts (how many of you got “1+”? Anything else to review?), I will confine myself to a quick check-in/roundup.
I’m happy to report that 2015 was a banner year for Hey Dullblog. Traffic was up over 43% from 2014. We are reaching more Beatle people than ever before, and will nestle to a stop just under 150,000 pageviews. I am sure that much of that reader interest was due to our playful, informed, incisive-yet-respectful comments, so thank you, thank you, thank you. You guys are what make Hey Dullblog (as far as I can tell) the most popular (and in my humble opinion) best Beatles fan site on the internet.
By the way, last month I upgraded our servers so if the site’s running quicker, that’s why. If Dullblog’s ever down, or acting weird, drop me a line and I’ll fix it. I am investigating a new WordPress theme, primarily to increase readability in the comments section. So watch this space. And if there are features that you see other places that you want here, holler.
With all this new traffic, it’s perhaps no coincidence that more and more of the posts on Dullblog are being written by people other than myself. Special thanks go out to all the ex-lurkers who made the leap this year — both those who wrote posts, and others who sent me comments or suggestions that turned into posts. 2015 was very busy for me, and 2016 is looking to be even busier, so if Hey Dullblog’s going to continue to improve, it will come from you guys. Please post more, and suggest more.
Dullblog’s Top Posts of 2015
Dullblog now boasts 611 posts, 91 of which were new to 2015. This great wodge of text and images is really incomparable, an ongoing discussion that encompasses all angles of the Beatles and their times, which is what I’d hoped Hey Dullblog would become back in 2008 when Devin and Ed and I decided to break ground.
No matter how frequently you check us, it’s practically guaranteed that you’ll miss a few. In case you missed any, here are our twenty highest-traffic posts of the year:
Deconstructing The Beatles: The End (4,636 views in 2015)
Were John and Paul Lovers? (3,679)
Let It Be: A Missed Opportunity (2,750)
“There’d be no Stones without The Beatles” (2,397)
Fab Foto Fakes: Photoshopping Beatles History (2,139)
Apple Jam: Off the Beatle Track (2,073)
The Black Album: Solo Beatles According to Ethan Hawke (1,688)
“Paperback” Trail; or, The Hunt for Mark Shipper (1,547)
Psychedelia in the UK: “A Technicolor Dream” (1,489)
Just how blind was John Lennon without his glasses? (1,357)
My Yoko Problem… and yours? (1,341)
John and Paul, Friends and Rivals (1,130)
John Lennon and Attachment Disorder (1,129)
Time-Lapse Photography (1,048)
What if Brian Epstein Lived? (992)
When I’m Seventy-Three: What John Lennon would look like today (966)
Cynthia Lennon: 1939-2015 (919)
Smile vs. Sgt. Pepper (858)
Paul Better Than John? Hell Has Frozen Over! (819)
John Lennon, Where Are You? (764)
Happy New Year, everybody. Thanks for reading.