Wow. How about that 2011, huh? What a crazy, mixed-up roller coaster ride it’s been. To think: this time last year you’d never even considered using “best waffles” as a valediction. Yet where would you be today without it? That’s a frightening thought.
We’re glad you shared so much of your valuable wasting-time-at-work with us this year at DMagazine.com. We feel it’s our sacred duty to provide you hilarious, insightful, provocative, sexy content. Even when we’re all off on our holiday break.
So we humbly present to you a countdown of the 10 most popular postings of the year from our D Empire of Web Logs, including FrontBurner, SideDish, FrontRow, ShopTalk, BridalBuzz, RealPoints, D Home, and StyleSheet.
Don’t blame us if you don’t like the list. You’re the people who kept clicking on these things.
In which Tim Rogers decries the “tragedy” of the news that Dallas Police are not going to allow people to wander around with open containers of alcohol during the annual event that he calls “the best day to be alive in Dallas every year.” Only the story he’d heard wasn’t quite right.
9. The Big Rich Texas Off Camera Feud (FrontBurner)
When we’re gathered together at our fancy dinner parties, sipping wine and polishing our monocles, we agree wholeheartedly that “reality” television most assuredly spells the death of American culture. Then we retire to our homes, flip on our DVRs, and binge on a Real Housewives marathon. Point is, we know you secretly care about this crap. We’ve got the numbers to prove it.
8. In-N-Out Burger Opening Madness (SideDish)
Frequent FrontBurner and SideDish commenter Brooks Powell filed this report about the crazy opening day of the first In-N-Out Burger in Texas back in May. Millions of years of evolutionary development, and yet the human species retains the capacity to believe that a fast-food burger could ever be worth waiting hours in line.
How did we know we wanted to print a D Magazine cover story on the impending arrival of In-N-Out Burger in North Texas? Because when Nancy Nichols posted this item in May of 2010, the inbound traffic that it generated crashed our website. It remained a top draw this year, as the In-N-Out Burger invasion began.
6. Cameron Mitchell: No Glee For Me (FrontBurner)
Hadn’t heard of Cameron Mitchell, or The Glee Project, before our Christine Perez caught us up to speed about the reality show in which contestants were vying for a role on the Fox TV show about high school kids who suffer under the curse of a nefarious dancing demon who forces them to break into overblown, overproduced renditions of top 40 hits. (OK, OK, that’s not entirely accurate. But wouldn’t you rather watch that show?)
5. Cameron Mitchell: A Glee Project Winner After All (FrontBurner)
Apparently young Cameron Mitchell gained a significant fan base after bowing out of the Glee Project due to some vague moral objection. And apparently DMagazine.com became the Web’s No. 1 source for Cameron Mitchell news.
4. Big Rich Texas Episode 1 Recap (FrontRow)
See, told you that you care about this crap. Merritt Patterson wrote the Web’s best weekly recap of this train wreck of a show.
Can a movie’s leading lady be so hot that she distracts you from being able to enjoy the giant robot battles you paid to see? Is this ever a valid criticism, especially of a Michael Bay film? These and other Autobot-vs-Decepticon matters are dissected in the epic comments section of this post. This is what the Internet was invented for.
Or maybe this is what the Internet was invented for.
And now, the most popular blog post of 2011:
1. Troy Aikman and His Wife Split Up (FrontBurner)
We didn’t know we’d be breaking the news of Troy Aikman’s separation from his wife (they were later divorced) when we put him on our February cover ahead of Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium and included a line about how the Cowboys legend spoke to us “on marriage and loss.” We swear. No, really. Really, we didn’t.
I mean, really.