At the end of every year, we like to look back and figure out what we can do better for next year. While doing so, we noticed that almost all of our most popular articles in 2008 were actually written in 2007, leading me to the conclusion that there’s a problem somewhere.
My goal in 2009 is to do a better job in covering the topics that our readers are interested in, rather than only the random geek stuff that we seem to feature. So this is your chance… tell us in the comments exactly what topics you’d like us to cover.
Looking at Where We Are
In order to figure out what we need to cover, we have to take a look at what is currently the most popular. We’ll go through a quick run-down of what people are reading.
First, we’ll take a quick look at the traffic graph… You can see a clear upward trend, especially in the number of visitors that are stopping by… so what are they looking for?
This is a list of the top articles on the site (not necessarily in order of most popular)… every single one of these articles had more than 100,000 pageviews in 2008 alone, and the top 10 articles in the list had about 350,000 pageviews each on average:
- 4 Ways to Make UAC Less Annoying on Windows Vista
- Install Windows XP on Your Pre-Installed Windows Vista Computer
- What is jusched.exe And Why Is It Running?
- Disable User Account Control (UAC) the Easy Way on Windows Vista
- Resolving “Setup did not find any hard disk drives” during Windows XP Installation
- What is svchost.exe And Why Is It Running?
- Mount an ISO image in Windows Vista
- Using Windows Vista System Restore
- Turn on Remote Desktop in Windows Vista
- What is ctfmon.exe And Why Is It Running?
- Use Gmail IMAP in Microsoft Outlook 2007
- Resize a Partition for Free in Windows Vista
- Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows Vista
- Disable Shortcut Icon Arrow Overlay in Windows Vista
- Using Windows Vista Compatibility Mode
- Using GParted to Resize Your Windows Vista Partition
- Working Around Windows Vista’s “Shrink Volume” Inadequacy Problems
- Unofficial Windows XP Themes Created by Microsoft
- Reinstall Ubuntu Grub Bootloader After Windows Wipes it Out
- Customize Your Windows Vista Logon Screen
Notice anything from this list? They are almost all about installation or enabling/disabling features. There’s very little in this list that anybody would find useful once their computer is already installed.
To me, this says that people come to How-To Geek when they first get their Vista computer, or if they are having an issue installing or enabling something. But what about once it’s installed and you want to start…
Actually Using the Computer?
Since most of us are geeks here, we pretty much spend all of our time tinkering with hidden settings, and installing new software to play with. But what about actually using the computer for something useful, like making photo collages, writing a resume, or converting a video so you can play it on your iPod or Zune?
I’m quite certain that there are loads of topics that we can cover in the friendly How-To Geek “Style”, that might help you with more than just installing. Here’s a couple of broad thoughts to get your brain in motion:
- Home Networking and Sharing
- Working with Video Files
- Working with Audio Files
- Working with Digital Cameras and Images
- Connecting Your Computer to the TV
- Keeping Your Computer Safe and Secure
- Playing Video Games
So let’s hear your thoughts in the comments… it can be something specific, or just a broad idea. Doesn’t matter what it is, we want to hear it.
Note: We’re going to continue to cover geek tips and tricks and hacks… it’s in our nature.
Programmer by day, geek by night, The Geek, also known as Lowell Heddings, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 01/5/09