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Most commented posts of the last year

Further evidence, if any were needed, of the slow fading of Livejournal: two years ago I was able to list 42 posts of the previous twelve months which had attracted 20 or more comments; last year I could only find 32 with at least 15, and this year it's a mere 26 posts with a lower limit of 12 comments. They were:

30 December 2010: What to read next year? - 41 comments
31 December 2010: 2010 Books poll - 20 comments
4 January 2011: Literary anniversaries - 22 comments
9 January 2011: Getting rid of Amazon; problems with The Book Depository - 12 comments
19 January 2011: Android brick again: Do Not Buy a HTC Desire - 52 comments
19 February 2011: Child development - 28 comments
3 March 2011: Tor top 50 novels - which have you read? - 19 comments
29 March 2011: March Books 27) Contested Will, by James Shapiro - 80 comments
24 April 2011: April Books 28) A Song for Arbonne, by Guy Gavriel Kay - 13 comments
26 April 2011: Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form - 15 comments
4 May 2011: Serbian ћ, Maltese ħ and Planck's constant - 26 comments
5 May 2011: Another conversation with a taxi driver - 28 comments
12 May 2011: 2011 Hugos: Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form - 21 comments
17 May 2011: A question for my legal friends - 15 comments
22 July 2011: Oslo bombing - 13 comments
23 July 2011: Hackgate - 20 comments
31 July 2011: July Books 23) A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin - 14 comments
21 August 2011: 2011 Hugos - some (not much) analysis - 18 comments
26 August 2011: Pronouncing "chair" and "charity" - 35 comments
1 September 2011: Air travel: safety vs comfort - 21 comments
13 September 2011: Northern Ireland: the new constituency boundaries - 36 comments
8 October 2011: British Fantasy Awards - 24 comments
2 November 2011: The SDLP leadership candidates, ranked on internet use and internal organisation - 12 comments
2 November 2011: The Tintin Movie (and the books it is based on) - 16 comments
27 November 2011: Third Doctor celebration - 12 comments
11 December 2011: The wine/whine and ant/aunt differences - 16 comments

As ever, best results are polls and topics that appeal to wingnuts.


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Dec. 28th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
Is it slow fading of Livejournal in particular or blogs in general? I also wonder if people are just less inclined to comment. My recent one month blog project generated thousands of hits, more than my home blog, yet got less comments despite being on a contentious topic.
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
I think both are happening; people are blogging less, and fewer of them are using Livejournal to do so (in English, anyway; Russian is a different matter).
Jan. 3rd, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's interesting the difference between the two languages on LJ.
Dec. 29th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
I suppose the major problem with The Book Depository is that it was bought by Amazon. :-(

Edited at 2011-12-29 12:09 am (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Yep, and I've been away from Livejournal for the best part of three years. Moved moistly to Facebook.
Dec. 29th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I think that the way people read blogs has changed a lot over the past few years. Back in the day, it made sense to check in with LiveJournal every day to see what was new, and that made it likely that you'd see other peoples' comments and find that you wanted to reply. But now people are spread out among so many platforms that it makes no sense to check them all. You have to use a feed reader, and feed readers don't show you comments, so you don't reply to them. And so no-one gets replies to their comments, and commenting begins to feel like a lonely and thankless task.
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
I do actually use LJ as my feed reader - I have not seen a better interface. Any blog with a decent RSS feed can be imported into LJ's syndication system, as long as LJ itself is working. And I can still hope to stay on top of everything I read through that system, unlike facebook and twitter where I know I am not catching everything.

Dec. 30th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)
I have a hypotheses: the people who comment(ed) the most frequently are the ones who were most likely to take to Twitter or Facebook etc often instead of LJ rather than in addition to it - if they were interested commenting so much, they'd probably best thrive in a more response, active/interactive environment which LJ isn't quite as well tuned to.
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
At its best, LJ also had a good community feel about it. But the migration of interesting material to elsewhere has weakened that.
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