Popular posts of 2012

I know you’ve all been waiting for this, and this is in absolutely no shape or form an attempt at bolstering my Google juice, no sir, so here it is, the definitive list of the most popular content on mentalized.net in 2012.

  1. 5 ways to run commands from Ruby
  2. Pepper - A Redmine theme
  3. no such file to load – mkmf
  4. Redmine plugin: Github Hook
  5. Hello Ruby on Rails World
  6. Using Google Page Speed to optimize websites
  7. CSS, links, gradients, rounded corners, and IE
  8. Hello Rails 3 world
  9. Rails 3: Responding with Excel
  10. Ruby: How to check if a String is numeric

As always, the list is dominated by posts written before 2012. Not surprisingly, but it’s always funny seeing this long tail of old content.

Looking at only stuff written in 2012, the list looks like:

  1. CSS, links, gradients, rounded corners, and IE
  2. Rails 3, ActionMailer, and Google Apps for Domains
  3. Ruby SSL certificate verification woes
  4. Flash is not the 99%
  5. All lights are green
  6. Designers solve problems - what do developers do?
  7. How we took our tests from 30 to 3 minutes
  8. 48 hours of commits visualized
  9. Fact-checking the 40%
  10. SSL certificate woes with Ruby 1.9 and OS X

Referring sites

Hey, it looks that social media stuff is finally taking off: That Twitter thing has made its way into the top 5 referring sites! Just barely.

The Google still reigns supreme as my number one traffic generator, which I suppose, fits perfectly fine with the long tail of old posts mentioned above. Google is way better at digging up old stuff when it’s needed than any social stream service. The latter tends to excel at the here and now.

Stack Overflow has also appeared on the list. Understandably, when you consider many of my posts - and indeed of the popular posts - are very concrete issues one might encounter when programming.

Bing is holding steady at number 10 referring site. That’s below Korben - good for you, Bing…


Ah, yes, browser stats from a geek website, always so very applicable to every other site in existence… Nevertheless, here’s the top 5 browsers on mentalized.net:

  1. Chrome (53%)
  2. Firefox (29%)
  3. Safari (9%)
  4. Internet Explorer (5%)
  5. Opera (1%)

Poor Opera. And while it pains me to say this, having been an avid Firefox user for years, I am kind of surprised seeing Firefox that high on the list.

Onwards and upwards

I know my 2012 was great, here’s hoping 2013 will be just as terrific for all of us.