A year. 12 months. 365 days. Several other smaller denominations of time that could also apply. My dedication to the cause does not, alas, involve research of such trifling matters. What is important though is that this time last year, an email was sent around entitled “probably the worst idea in the world…”, outlining the ambition to start a general interests blogging site. As we pass our first birthday, the fact that this took off at all is impressive, the fact that it has existed for such a period of time is amazing and the fact that we have garnered 109,301 hits (at time of writing) is nothing short of insane.
Me being me, I tend to try to quantify achievements in relatable equivalents. As we shot through 60,000 hits, I remember thinking that was every person at the Emirates Stadium logging on. By 90,000, that was Wembley. After hitting six figures, I have no obvious point of reference. All I know is that it is a lot of people. Indeed, Trivial Pursuits has now received more hits than the population of over 20% of the world’s countries. If that isn’t tenuous progress, then I don’t know what is.
Anyhow, further analysis into these hits brought forward some interesting findings. Three of our top five articles by popularity were football-related. This doesn’t really come as a surprise, as the combination of the ease with which one can bombard the comments sections of the BBC sport website (and I’m sure auntie has marginally bigger things on it’s plate at the moment than amending this) and the fact that the internet is awash with football-obsessives searching for any old bollocks they can find (welcome!) mean that there will always be a market for poorly-researched, opinionated drivel on the subject. Look at the existence of Martin Samuels for proof.
The other two most popular articles fill me with a mixture of bemusement and satisfaction. The fact that they are in fact the two most viewed makes it all the better.
In second place, a staggering amount of people have read our Childhood Heroes interview with Jet from Gladiators. So, unless myself and Alan Partridge have been going on daily, I think that’s all the proof she should need to be coaxed out of retirement. Jet, the people of Britain still love you.
The most popular article though, and I hasten to add that this is by a sizeable distance, is Ed Lines’ drunken round of “Desert Island Discs” with Harry Styles of One Direction. For those who haven’t read it, Ed cornered the cherubic pop urchin in a trendy bar and in a moment of inebriated inspiration, decided to enforce the timeless Radio 4 questionnaire on him. This has proven incredibly popular and now Ed and I, having realised what we are good at, are embarking on a series of pop-star-ambushing game shows. Expect “Just a minute” with JLS and “I’m sorry I haven’t a clue” with Steps and Busted. Maybe.
The biggest pleasure about the first year of Trivial Pursuits has been the enduring enjoyment of contributing on a regular basis, and it appears to be one that is shared amongst others. Even outside myself, Beenie, Em and Ed.
Indeed there have been 15 people who have contributed more than one article to the cause. So in no particular order, well… other than how many articles they’ve contributed, we would like to thank: Nilesh Bhagat, Ferret, Rich Glover, Pete Sanderson, Olly Bethell, Nick Birkett, Mima Johnson-Gilbert, James Russell, Will Clarkson, Al Ennever and Tom Huntingford. Your contributions have been a popular and refreshing antidote to the drivel of the editorial staff, and if anyone is at all interested in contributing on a regular or one-off basis in the future, we would love to hear from you.
I’m well aware that this article is turning into the hideous hybrid of a desperate advertisement and one of the more tedious awards acceptance speeches, so I will make like a gift-shop worker and wrap things up (I-thank-you)… It has been an unexpectedly successful first year for Trivial Pursuits, and there are few things more satisfying when someone agrees (or vehemently disagrees – but maybe that’s just me) with an article that you have written. We hope that you have enjoyed the ride thus far and will continue to do so, be-it as a passenger or a co-pilot.
All it leaves me to say is thank you for reading, and we hope to see you at the below on Thursday night:
by Harry Harland