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Top posts of 2010: less porn, more filling

It’s that time of year again: the top 10 posts of the year. I loves me my Google Analytics, as I can go back and see exactly which posts were viewed by how many people, where they were when they looked at them, and even which web browser they used. Indeed, I’m still trying to figure out how to get Analytics to work on my new WordPress site,, which is the only reason that over  on Blogger is still active.

In any event, here are the ten most viewed post of the past year, with some thoughts following.

10. Milking the golden cow that is porn

I obviously had a lot of posts about porn over the past year, so the fact that this one made the top 10 is somewhat surprising. It was about advertising firm M&C Saatchi winning the account for ICM Registry, the company that will run the .XXX domain name.

9. The challenges of finding ethical porn

Oh look, another porn post. Shocker! This one came out of a Globe and Mail article for which I was interviewed, and the headline is pretty self-explanatory.

8. Adult industry watching YouTube closely

Another porn post. Is there a pattern here? This was about Google’s victory over Viacom in the YouTube lawsuit.

7. Pirating Sex, Bombs and Burgers

The first non-porn post in the top ten. My book hit BitTorrent sites in June (or at least that’s when I became aware that it had) and overall, I don’t really mind.

One of two food-related posts on the list, and strangely it’s from 2009. Proof that things live forever on the internet.

5. UK wireless versus Canada

Who knew that bitching about cellphone prices in Canada would attract so much attention? Will I be doing more of this in 2011? Does a bear take an ARPU in the woods? (That’s an in-joke in industry parlance.)

4. Raven Alexis on porn and tech

Getting back to porn, my interview with the adult starlet (pictured) got quite a few views.

3. Musical training at Wendys

I can actually explain the traffic on this post - it got mentioned on Fark. Which is funny because I originally saw it on the National Post website and simply rehashed it.

2. Gmail voice about future search not free calls

When Google announced free phone calls in Gmail, I mused that the company was looking to compile a huge database of voice samples to improve search results. Google denied it, but not before the post was mentioned on Techmeme and syndicated by Gizmodo.

1. Porn producers anxious for Palm Pre

This is the one that shocks me because not only is it from 2009, it was also my top post last year. It was mentioned on some Palm user forum, which is the only reason it keeps getting traffic. I think it’s very bizarre that people still care about the Palm Pre. I can’t complain, though, because more people have probably become aware of my book through their interest in mobile porn than any other topic.

Speaking of last year, there’s been a noticeable change in the overall results. In 2009, 8 of my 10 most-viewed posts were porn related. I’m pleased to say that’s down to 5 this year. I don’t think that’s because I’ve talked about porn any less, but it probably does have something to do with expanding the topics I blog about, which is something that will continue in 2011.

Thanks very much to everyone for reading! I find it amazing that an ever-growing number of people keep tuning in to my silly ramblings, which is more than enough reason to keep going.

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Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Burger King, copyright, food, Google, mobile, raven alexis, sex, telecommunications, wendy's


Las Vegas greatest hits

With any luck, by the time you read this I’ll be in the midst of a boys’ weekend in Las Vegas, a la The Hangover. It’s actually my sixth trip to Vegas in the past four years, so the city is starting to feel like a second home.

The first time I made the trip, in January 2007 to cover the Consumer Electronics Show for the National Post, I actually hated Las Vegas. I couldn’t believe the waste - the huge buffets that threw out mountains of food, the ridiculous amounts of energy being used to light everything, and so on. There were also a whole bunch of negatives to contend with - transportation is atrocious, ATM fees are sick (some casinos charge as much as $10 just to take out money) and the whole place is just one big sensory overload.

But I went back for CES the following year and, after taking the stick from out my rear, I was able to have fun and see the place for all its positives. It’s got amazing restaurants and shopping, some incredible examples of architecture (even if the casinos are essentially temporary, waiting to get torn down for something new at the drop of a hat), and a whole lot of sunshine. That’s certainly a welcome event to any Canadian in January.

Over the past couple of years while I was working on Sex, Bombs and Burgers, Vegas also became synonymous to me with porn. The Adult Entertainment Expo, of course, runs simultaneously with CES, so my annual journey also provided me with the opportunity to meet with and interview people in the industry.

In that vein, I thought I’d take this blog all the way back to the beginning, to its very first day. Traffic to this blog has grown considerably since that first day, so I’m guessing very few people were actually around on day one, when I ran an interview with porn star (and legend in the making) Jesse Jane, which I conducted in Las Vegas. If anything, the video below - which is an audio interview set to a slide show - illustrates just how far technology has come in such a short time. When I did the interview almost two years ago, cheap and decent video cameras still weren’t really all that common. Now, most new smartphones can shoot HD video.

Part two of that interview is here. While we’re at it, here are a few more “greatest hits” videos and interviews with porn people from Las Vegas over the past few years:

Pink Visual’s Matt Morningwood talks about augmented reality and 3D TV.
Digital Playground’s Raven Alexis talks porn and tech.
Inventor Douglas Hines debuts his sex robot.

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in jesse jane, raven alexis, sex, Stoya


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