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Top 10 Posts for 2015

Thanks to the magic of Web analytics, and the generosity of TechTarget for sharing its data with me, I can report on — and link to — the ten most popular blog posts right here at Windows Enterprise Desktop for 2015. This data was provided to me in November, so it really only covers the first 11 months of the year, but is highly interesting nonetheless. Check it out (publication dates appear in monospaced font to the right of or below each linked page title):

Page Title Page Views
Windows 8.1 Administrivia: Accessing .mobi files with Kindle 3.24.14 3,652
KB 3001652 Goes Bad on Update Tuesday 2.11.15 3,308
Windows Enterprise Desktop (blog landing page: no date) 2,941
Refresh/Recimg.exe Gone Missing in Win10 6.1.15 2,426
Auto-Update for KB2310138 Spreads Consternation for MSE Users 7.27.11 2,304
Seismic Shift in Windows Punditsphere 1.17.15 1,936
Factory Reset Offers Way Out for Surface Pro 3 Catch-22 8.10.15 1,593
Windows ADK for 8.1 Now Available 9.25.13 1,544
Windows 10 Free Upgrade for Win7, 8.1, Phone 8.1 Users for One Year After GA 1.21.15 1,519
Goodbye CCleaner, Hello Wise Disk Cleaner? 8.27.14 1,348

There are lots of interesting things to note about this table, that speak to apparent uses for this blog’s content, including:

  • Dates in red above indicate items dated from years prior to 2015. I have to presume that the only way people would get to this content would be via search engine. Given that 4 of the 10 items fall into this category, that says people read such items to solve current problems or address current topics despite their age (one dates as far back as 2011, much to my surprise).
  • Some of the biggest hits were what I’d call news items rather than tech items, including the KB item (number 3), the seismic shift item (which explains that Paul Thurrott has left to start, and the free upgrade item. I would have to guess these items’ visit counts spiked close to their publication dates, as old news is usually not very interesting news.
  • I can help but be amazed that the top-ranked item is a brief explanation of where to put .mobi files in the Windows 8.1 file hierarchy (also works for Windows 7 and 10) so as to make them accessible to Kindle. Even though that item was 17 months old when the data was compiled, it still comes out on top. That tells me this is a subject that isn’t explained well elsewhere, though perhaps it should be.

It’s nice to know that this blog apparently has a greater impact than simply providing current information about Windows desktop topics. To me, these results also speak eloquently to how modern workers consume information, and how important search engines remain to finding useful and/or interesting information.