Eagle Totem 2012 superlatives: naval-gazing
As we prepare for the end of 2012, I thought I’d take some time to review the year that was. I’m going to start this mini-series by doing a little naval-gazing, but rest assured, as we go on we’ll look outside also. Let’s start with our internal Eagle Totem superlatives for 2012.
Far and away the most-viewed post of the year was the spring football depth chart. It was viewed nearly 50% more than the #2 post (2012 football position by position: kick/punt returners).
The most prolific commenter (excluding myself) has been Kenneth Barna, with honorable mention for a very close second to Kenneth Bailey.
My favorite post that I didn’t write (I’m not going to judge my own work) was Jeremy’s Season in Shambles, which had an opening that evoked Pride and Prejudice and is also noteworthy for assigning a name, “Bleak Friday”, to EMU’s disastrous 71-3 loss to Northern Illinois in 2010.
My photo of the year is the one at right, of Dri Archer running for a Kent State touchdown. This isn’t quite as much a clear-cut choice as Ken’s 2011 photo of Dominique Sherrer coming up just short of the end zone, but I do think this encapsulates EMU football’s shortcomings in 2012: not strong enough, not fast enough, and not put in a position to win by the coaches.
Coming and going
The #1 way readers came to Eagle Totem in 2012, excluding search engines, was from Facebook, and although I don’t have any way to get any more specific than that, I’m pretty sure most of those came from the unofficial EMU football page.
The #1 search term that brought people here was “eagle totem”, which suggests a lot of people looking for the site. Of people not specifically looking for us, the top search term was “terrence jones”, which is a little odd, since I’ve only ever mentioned him twice (On the recruiting trail: the agony of being EMU Football, Anthony Clemmons decommitment confirmed), each time just in passing, and not at all this year.1 The top relevant incoming search term was “depth chart” in various forms (e.g., “2012 depth chart”, “eastern michigan depth chart”, etc.).
The top pages Eagle Totem readers went out to both had to do with the new football uniforms; #1 was a photograph showing various uniform combinations, and #2 was a photo tweeted by then-recruit Hunter Matt showing the new helmets. The top sites readers went to were Twitter, followed by Hustle Belt.
- Since I’m mentioning him here, this will probably drive incoming searches for him into 2013! [↩]