It’s a funny old world
3rd May 2010
Stories that are quirky, frivolous and strange often get far more hits than any other ones. Death and destruction do well too. So, what does it tell us about the human condition?
Here on PlanetSKI 2 out of the 3 most popular stories ever have the word ‘sex’ in the headline.
When we write stories about people dieing in avalanches the hits shoot up.
It is a fact of journalistic life that a story with the headline “Ski resort does well” is not read by as many people as “Several dead and many missing in alpine avalanche”
This weekend a story about gardening apparently being more dangerous than skiing, with some rather questionable number crunching, was far and away the most popular on PlanetSKI with over 1,000 hits in the first few hours alone.
A story about how well the season has gone in the US and how it might mean the skiing recession was over was looked at by a few, and probably just those in the ski industry.
One of the most read stories ever on the BBC web site was headlined “Sudan man forced to marry a goat”.
This weekend there was “German man ‘marries’ his dieing cat” and it rapidly became the most popular.
More people read it than election coverage, the environmental damage caused by the oil slick in America and the attempted bombing of Times Square in New York.
So, what does that tell us about what people really want to read?
Well, we leave that up to you to ponder.
Suffice to say that here on PlanetSKI we try to go for a wide mix of stories and we hope we get it right.
We are though glad to say that stories about snow falling heavily do very well too.