Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Workplace Learning Today pointed me to a post Ten Common Phrases That Could Soon Be History. I use similar kinds of examples in my presentations (and posts such as Work Skills Keeping Up?). I thought it might be fun for me to catalog some of the ones that I’ve used in my presentations and other places as well as have this ready for future presentations.
So here is a list of technologies that:
- Boomers – used
- Gen X – know what it is (probably)
- Millenial – never used / likely don’t know what it is
If you are a Boomer or an older Gen X, this list is sure to make you feel a bit old.
Pay Phones – Collect Calls
- Where’s the nearest pay phone?
- Call me collect?
Typewriter / Ribbon / Correcting Ribbon
"You need to mute your sound"
Records / Phonographs
- Sounds like a broken record
Floppy Disk / Floppy Drive
- Dual floppy drive
- Word Star
- Word Perfect
Inbox / Outbox
What we did before email …
“Carbon Copy” or even “BCC”
What did I miss?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I mentioned in my post 2009 Predictions How Did I Do? that we are seeing more and more about Add-ins & Mashups as a means to build richer learning experiences. I particularly cited a DevLearn demo of twitter being embedded inside Captivate as the basis of a social learning experience.
They’ve posted on the Adobe Captivate blog - Collaborative learning using Captivate and Twitter. You can run a demo (18 mins) to see it in action. The basic idea is that students will be able to have a social learning experience utilizing twitter as a messaging systems within a Captivate course.
Monday, December 14, 2009
It’s always fun at the end of the year to go back and take a look at what you’ve been working on, what you’ve learned during the year. I’ve been doing this the past few years. And as part of this, I’ve been taking advantage of: 2009 Predictions How Did I Do?, 2009 Top Posts and Topics, Top 125 Workplace eLearning Posts of 2009 and just running through my blog posts for the year.
Knowledge Work Skills / Work Literacy
Having realized in 2007 that there's a very important Knowledge Worker Skill Gap, I felt the need in 2008 to find ways to help knowledge workers and organizations build skills like Leveraging Networks, Network Feedback, Finding Expertise, Using Social Media to Find Answers to Questions, Learning through Conversation and searching, scanning, etc. In June 2008, Work Literacy Launched.
- Tool Set 2009
- LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers
- Top-Down Strategy
- Better Memory
- Information Radar
- Processing Pages with Links
- Networks and Learning Communities
- Network Skills
- Twitter as Personal Work and Learning Tool
- Browser Short Cuts
- Work Literacy Workshop
- Collaboration Tools
- Remote Collaboration
Also, a lot of my presentations have been about exactly these things.
When I look at my particular skills, methods and tools for 2009 and compare them to 2008, I would say that it’s mostly a question of degree of use and certainly my use of Twitter has grown. See also: Twitter Conference Ideas and Twitter and Webinars. I will say that adopting TweetDeck on both my desktop and my iPhone has made it a much better tool for me.
Online Sessions / Conferences / Discussions => Now Visible Networking
I’ve seen during 2009 a real growth in the ability to spark up interesting discussions as online sessions. During the year, I’ve had fantastic conversations through LearnTrends around SharePoint, Examples and Tour of Different Kinds of eLearning, Social Learning, and the Business of Learning. Each of these allowed me to fast forward my learning and share knowledge effectively.
However, during 2009, I had a bit of an aha moment. It came during a presentation when I said:
It's a much better use of my time to use LinkedIn to spark a conversation than it is to go to networking events.
I realized that a lot of the networking that I had done in person in the past could move online and actually be a much more effective use of time. And a lot of that networking could be public. So, why not look to make this more explicit and effective?
I started calling this Visible Networking. This is still relatively new as a name, but it’s something that I’ve been doing for a few years now. Naming it allows me to better understand it and move it forward.
If you think about it, Twitter, Blog Comments, etc. are all forms of visible networking. Instead of networking in private, make it a visible conversation online so that everyone can benefit. And it can turn into great things like: Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank.
eLearning 2.0 Morphing Into Social Learning and Informal Learning
In the post, Hot Topics in eLearning for 2009, the top two hottest topics across all the eLearning Learning blogs were Twitter and various forms of social/informal learning, especially as it relates to the use of technology to support this. eLearning 2.0 was considered a hot term in 2007 and 2008, but not in 2009. For me, it was still one of my top terms, but I’ve found myself discussing things in other ways as well. I think as we’ve moved past the idea that this stuff has impact, we’ve begun to discuss it in a different way.
I don’t actually think using the terms “social learning” or “informal learning” is the right way to go about selling this stuff either.
Instead, during 2009, I’ve decided to always be a “Jack” … if you don’t know what that means or what it means about selling social learning then you should look at: Selling Learning Communities – Not Everyone Will or Wants a Group Hug.
It’s something I’ve said in a lot of presentations – you pick a specific, smart target and it’s a “no duh” decision. Now I have a better way to say it. Thanks Jack!
Using Topic Hubs to Speed My Learning
In 2008, I launched eLearning Learning. It basically takes what people in the world of eLearning are already doing and turns it into a resource that helps surface the best stuff. It was great to help me better keep track of what was going on in a world that I know pretty well.
In 2009, I realized that this same approach is even more valuable for areas where I want to learn more as I described in Learning, Extended Brain and Topic Hubs. So, I have been heavily leveraging the system and working with partners who are gurus in a space to fast forward my learning on diverse topics such as: Community and Networks, Mobile Learning, Nonprofit Marketing, Nonprofit Technology, HR Technology, B2B Marketing, and Professional Speaking.
There’s something really interesting going on here that I’ve not quite figured out. It’s very powerful stuff and an important extension to my PWLE.
I’m a little surprised that I didn’t get more response to Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning but it may be that other people learn in a very different way.
Slow Dramatic Shifts in the Business of Learning
I really think we are going through some pretty dramatic shifts as described in the Business of Learning and covered more in posts such as Update on Future of Business of Learning, New Learning Solutions, Marginalized, and Free.
There’s always going to be a need for certain kinds of training and traditional learning. But the economic realities and environment suggests a pretty dramatic shift going on here.
It’s going to cause us to think about models in very different ways such as how Intuit has Outsourced Training to Customers.
Learning Event? Work Event?
There was a really great case study by HP during one of the Learn Trends sessions that described how they took marketing professionals from across the organization, taught them some basics about Web 2.0 tools, and then helped them engage in conversation around what it means to HP. This was hosted by the learning organization, but it looked more like a research, innovation project than a learning event. The outcomes really weren’t known at the start. The goal was to actually define some meaningful results for the business.
Grow My Virtual Meeting, Collaboration Skills
I was reminded during 2009, that I need to be in a continuous learning mode around building my skills for effective virtual meetings, collaboration, presentations, etc. Several of my posts during the year were around this such as Learning from Others in the Room, Narrowing Gap between Face-to-Face and Online Presentations, Presentation Backchannel Multitasking, Twitter Conference Ideas.
Final Aha Moments
Need for more eLearning Portal Integration.
Friday, December 11, 2009
The EduBlog Awards are happening again this year. I’m happy to say there were several nominations for this blog and for LearnTrends. There are a lot of great nominees in all of the categories.
If you’ve found value from this blog and/or LearnTrends, please click on the links below and vote for them in their categories. It’s a nice way to support the sources you use.
eLearning Technology was nominated in two categories:
LearnTrends was nominated for:
I also appreciated that several people nominated eLearning Learning for various categories. It didn’t get put on the short list in any of the categories, but I do want to thank people who nominated it.
Best educational use of a social networking service http://www.elearninglearning.com
Best group blog: eLearning Learning
Best group blog
eLearning Learning aggregates several different education blogs, and provides a way to navigate by blog or keyword. It also shows whats popular in the eLearning community at any given time. (Full disclosure: this blog is aggregated there)
Best resource sharing blog: eLearning Learning (another brainchild of Tony Karrer and just a wealth of information)
Best elearning blog- Elearning Learning has each of my favorite elearning blogs in one spot.
And if you are in the mood for lots of great blogs and blog posts:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Some details of what they want / need:
The portal we need to develop should be able to handle online registration, producing letters of offer, payment gateway, producing letters of acceptance, producing student cards, downloading syllabi, downloading study guides, processing purchasing orders that trigger the distribution of the textbooks by the Publishers’ office to students, communication between mentors and students, organizing forums, notice board, chat rooms, uploading e-Lectures, downloading topic questions, downloading assignments and coursework, posting answers to mentors, mentors grading the students’ work and posting marks, issuing tutorial time-table, posting final exam dates and posting exam results, transcript issuance and degree issuance and graduation.
Because of their very limited budget, I suggested they dive into more depth looking at open source LMS products. To help get that started, I looked at eLearning Learning and found some pretty good sources around LMS / Open Source and Learning Management System / Open Source.
- Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle- Learning Rocks, December 18, 2008
- The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS- Upside Learning Blog, October 23, 2009
- The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?- Learning Visions, June 26, 2009
- Concerning Open Source, LMSs and SCORM: Correcting Some Common Misconceptions- The E-Learning Curve, October 19, 2009
- To open source or not?- Learning Conversations, December 30, 2008
- Open Source LMS Comparison- The Learned Man, April 27, 2007
- Open Source vs Commercial LMS- Learning Next, April 18, 2007
- ZaidLearn: Any Free Hosted CMS or LMS? (Yes, Obama Says!)- ZaidLearn, May 16, 2009
- Sakai 3 Development Process- Experiencing eLearning, June 9, 2009
- How Big is Moodle?- MinuteBio, June 12, 2009
- Moodle!- The Learned Man, April 28, 2007
- Rapid Learning Management Systems- eLearning Technology, October 20, 2009
- A first look at Sakai 3- Clive on Learning, October 16, 2009
- Gartner: E-learning Market Pushing Toward Open Source, June 7, 2008
- Open source for learning costs less, January 12, 2009
- LMS Selection, July 24, 2009
- Blackboard vs. Moodle, May 7, 2009
- Assessing PLE/LMS systems | nmc, November 11, 2008
- Moving to Moodle: Reflections Two Years Later (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE CONNECT, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
One of my most popular posts each year is my list of predictions. In fact, my 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009, was most popular post for 2009 (see 2009 Top Posts and Topics) and it came up pretty high in the recent Top 125 eLearning Posts of 2009.
I will definitely be coming out with my 2010 predictions. In fact, I’ll be doing a virtual presentation around it as well. Of course, the problem with predictions, especially written predictions, is that you can look back and see how you did at the end of the year. So this post is my chance to go back to the predictions I made at the start of 2009 and see how I did.
#1 - "Self-Directed Learning" Increases
Due to economic pressures, companies are going to reduce training budgets to a point where it doesn't make sense to create content on marginal topics. Instead, we will call this "self-directed learning" and will do our best to support the workforce to learn it on their own with minimal guidance and support.
The first half of the prediction – budgets being reduced was on the mark. But the reality was more than that as I explored in posts like Business of Learning and Models for Learning Questions. They point to an environment of:
- Decreased L&D budgets (see )
- Faster pace
- Increased workforce mobility
- Shorter job tenure
- Increased job fragmentation - fewer numbers in any one role
- Constant increase in complexity
- Greater concept work
- Need for faster proficiency
- Changing expectations for learning
which leads straight to the need to do more with less, respond more quickly, etc. So, it’s a far richer problem than indicated by my prediction.
The second half of the prediction “self directed learning” got less attention during the year than I anticipated, but it was there and certainly was a big part of the discussion around social and informal learning. The specific term had some recent great discussion by Jane Hart and Harold Jarche in the posts Social media and self-directed learning, Using social media for different types of learning that included the following diagram:
#2 - eLearning 2.0 Grows - But Creating "eLearning 2.0 Strategy" Fails
One of the better, cheap support mechanisms for self-directed learning are web 2.0 tools. As such, eLearning 2.0 will show continued growth. We will especially see a rapid growth in the use of wikis for content presentation. There will also be growth in discussions and social networks for collaborative learning.
At the same time, organizations who try to create big eLearning 2.0 Strategies will move much slower than organizations who adopt easy to use tools and make tactical use of these tools.
Corollary: if you have SharePoint installed, you will be using SharePoint a lot more this year.
As I discussed in my look at what I learned during 2009, I’ve found that the term eLearning 2.0 has fallen a bit out of favor and instead we are discussing these as social and informal learning. Certainly the Hottest Topics in eLearning for 2009 were social and informal learning. So, I think the first part about growth of wikis, discussions, social networks for collaborative learning is right on the mark.
As far as companies who focus on creating strategies around eLearning 2.0 moving slower – I think I’m right on the money around that. Yes, I have found myself involved in helping organizations look at their eLearning Strategy that includes a broad mix of solutions including eLearning 2.0. And I think defining this is needed and valuable. But if that’s the only thing you are doing and something that has to come before you begin to do tactical solutions, then I think it’s fair to say you are moving more slowly.
Unfortunately, I used the term “fails” which is not really the case. Companies are moving more slowly, but not really failing at it. So, on what otherwise would be an “A”, I’ve had to mark myself down.
My thinking has definitely evolved around this in 2009. Particularly, I’ve decided to always be a “Jack” … if you don’t know what that means or what it means about selling social learning then you should look at: Selling Learning Communities – Not Everyone Will or Wants a Group Hug.
#3 - Increase in Consumer/Education Social Learning Solutions will Increase Pressure for Social Learning Solutions in Corporate Learning
Sorry, I couldn't figure out a shorter way to say this. 2008 was an interesting year that saw a myriad of new start-ups offering content through interesting new avenues. Social learning solutions like social homework help provided by Cramster; CampusBug, Grockit, TutorVista, EduFire, English Cafe, and the list goes on and on.
What will happen to about 20% of the workplace learning professionals is that some VP/C level in your company will have their teenager or college age kid use one of these services and tell them about it. They will they proceed to wonder why you aren't doing something similar.
Certainly there’s tons of buzz around lots of consumer social learning solutions. Here are just a few of the many web 2.0 / social learning companies being discussed in 2009:
Consumer, K-12 and higher ed are all relatively hot investment spaces. Has this translated into corporate awareness and demand?
I’ve heard from a lot of learning professionals at all levels where the VP/C Level who are asking about and expecting solutions that have these kinds of aspects. But they also are expecting great content to be built – and the expectation is that it should be done fast, cheap and good. Part of this, that wasn’t well captured in my prediction, is that a lot of these solutions aim at providing Free content. This has a dramatic impact on the Business of Learning and perceptions around value and cost.
Overall, while there has been some awareness and demand, probably not to the level I anticipated.
#4 - Quick Wins & Toolkits
With the tough economy, everyone will be looking for quick wins. How can you improve performance quickly and at low cost? The answer for many organizations will be less training and more performance support in the form of toolkits. Teach me less about communication and give me more templates for important, tough communication points.
Off-the-shelf content companies will be moving to meet this need by emphasizing quick wins through resources.
The buzz is definitely increasing around this. During 2009 we saw things like Using Toolkits to Aggregate Learning Resources, where BJ Schone tells us:
I’ve recently seen a trend (ok, maybe it’s just new to me) where training departments create toolkits for employees in order to aggregate learning resources for a particular topic or project. Essentially, the toolkit is a web page containing a ton of great information, links, etc. This way you can send learners to a "one-stop-shop" to get the info they need.
And I just posted about recent growth of eLearning Templates.
#5 - Virtual Classroom Tipping Point
Based on a few different conversations and experiences, I believe that we've reached a point where virtual classroom training is no longer seen as inherently inferior and a lower value. Some training will still be preferred face to face such as when team building or in-person soft skills are important, but 2009 will be the year when we realize that we should be justifying any in-person training. Price points for virtual classroom training will begin to be virtually the same as for the same in-person classes.
Corollary: transition to virtual means greater demand for help on effective virtual classroom training and for people who are good at creation effective remote experiences.
I believe this is very much proving itself out.
And on the corollary – I was reminded throughout the year (Learning from Others in the Room, Narrowing Gap between Face-to-Face and Online Presentations) that I need to put myself in a continuous learning mode to get better at virtual meetings, collaboration, presentations, etc. We even made the Big Question one month: New Presenter and Learner Skills and Methods.
#6 - Greater Domination by Leading Tool Vendors - Captivate, Articulate, Lectora, Camtasia
Captivate 4 is going to be a great tool. Articulate has a great tool set. Lectora is great at packaging. Camtasia is good at screencasting. It's going to be tough for me-too tools to push out these players in the corporate market. In some settings, free authoring tools may do better, but they probably won't get much traction in workplace training.
I’m looking for the numbers on this, but I believe it’s true based on anecdotal evidence. Does anyone know or have the numbers?
#7 -Niche Tools Emerge and Get Traction in Niches
So the caveat to the above statement about the big players getting bigger is that I believe we will see more and more niche tools get traction. We've seen some traction by the game show type tools such as those by LearningWare. We may also see use of Flash Quiz Tools, polls, survey tools or something like Harbinger Knowledge's Team Pod. These things can create fun interactions that easily fit into a course built with one of the above tools. They also fit into a wiki page. It's also interesting to see effort's like Articulate's Community Interactions - which is essentially the ability to add specialized interactions including new types of interactions from the developer community.
While there are some definite challenges facing New Learning Solutions, I believe that we are seeing some real innovation. The LearnTrends Innovation Award Winners 2009 had several very interesting niche tools highlighted. And we are beginning (three years later) to hear more and more about Add-ins & Mashups to build richer experiences. At DevLearn, I saw a demo of twitter being embedded inside Captivate as the basis of a social learning experience.
#8 - More Wiki Pages - Same Authored Minutes - Less Classroom Minutes
I pretty much already said this, but I might as well mention it again. The above trends around eLearning 2.0, self-directed learning, quick wins and toolkits all suggest that more web pages - authored via wikis - will be the name of the game in 2009. The goal of lower cost will continue the transition from classroom to courseware which will keep the total number of authored minutes about the same, even with the move of content from courses to web pages.
Again, I searched for numbers that would tell me this, but I don’t have them. My sense is that it’s true, but I’ve seen some numbers that suggest that classes and courseware are going strong as well.
#9 - Knowledge Worker Skills
Topic growing rapidly, problem getting recognized, more and more people offering workshops and solutions to address this
I realized in 2007 that there's a very important Knowledge Worker Skill Gap emerging. In 2008, I felt compelled to launch Work Literacy, and help help people and organizations upgrade skills like Leveraging Networks, Network Feedback, Finding Expertise, Using Social Media to Find Answers to Questions, Learning through Conversation and searching, scanning, etc.
2009 is going to be a big year for this issue. The fact that this is one of the general sessions at ASTD TechKnowledge is interesting way to start 2009. We are now offering a Work Literacy Skills Workshop. This is going to get more and more attention this year. Especially as employers move more towards self-directed learning.
While I had a chance to be involved in lots of discussions, found many people similarly concerned about this issue, I must say that most workplace learning professionals and most organizations don’t really have this on their radar. I still feel like it’s a big issue. Information overload, distraction, need to work effectively in networks and parts of virtual teams, etc. are all coming up as important. But the recognition of the larger issue is still not there.
#10 - Mobile Learning Niche Growth
Last year I said mobile learning would be well below where people were expecting. While I still think this will be a relatively small percentage of activity, this year, I expect to be a year in which mobile becomes more common. I believe that we will see continued increase in the percentage of people walking around with mobile web access. This will offer increased interesting opportunities such as:
- Real-time Polls - We are just beginning to see tools like Poll Everywhere that allow mobile polling. That way an audience sitting at an in-person conference will have some of the capabilities that they do online. (Did I mention the move towards virtual classroom?)
- Job aids / quick reference - about 30% of you are going to be asked to make sure your content is viewable on an iPhone.
- Podcasts / Vidcasts targeting mobile professionals (ex. sales people)
- Sales challenge scoreboard - For some mobile professionals, specific types of content such as sales challenges will be delivered through mobile solutions.
At the same time, the wild enthusiasm for mobile learning that was present in 2007 and died down a bit in 2008, will remain somewhat subdued. And we won't see much adoption as the central vehicle for learning content delivery.
I feel pretty good reading this prediction. Certainly, we are seeing more smart use of mobile learning solutions. Some organizations are making big use of it. And we are seeing more content getting delivered on mobile devices. That said, for most workplace learning professionals, this is not a day-to-day issue.
#11 - Micro Virtual Conferences
The move towards acceptance of virtual classroom means that there will slowly begin to be acceptance of virtual conferences. Conferences this year will also do this because their other alternative is to be canceled from lack of people able to pay for travel. But because we are all going to be maxed out, expected to do 10% more work with 10% less people, we won't have time to go for several days. Instead, we will see the creation of things that are in between a full virtual conference and something that's a few sessions. These things will be more targeted and deeper. Many of them will be from ad hoc sources, such as George, Jay and myself.
Certainly there’s been a lot of this happening this year. LearnTrends had a bunch of these. And I’m finding myself getting involved in more and more virtual sessions, conferences, etc.
However, I’m not seeing as much of this being adopted by others. I believe that’s still a matter of time.
#12 - Data Driven
With the economic situation, there will be greater demand for results and thus more interest in data-driven performance solutions.
Certainly there’s greater demand for results. Not sure that’s translated into data-driven performance solutions.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Of course the best place to find these and to continue to find them is through eLearning Learning and using the appropriate keywords such as: templates, toolkits, resources, tutorial, examples, guide, etc.
And the list would be even better with help - see Curator Editor Research Opportunities on eLearning Learning.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
While strife with technical challenges, Nancy White and John Smith’s presentation at LearnTrends 2009 (LearnTrends 2009 Recordings) provided some really interesting food for thought. In some ways this relates closely to the post on Selling Learning Communities.
By way of background, Nancy White and John Smith are gurus around all things Communities and Networks. I’ve worked with Nancy to create the Communities and Networks Connection which helps me continuously learn. And I keep a copy of their book Digital Habitats; Stewarding Technology for Communities next to my computer.
The central idea of the presentation was something that Nancy called triangulation. Now, I’m not 100% certain what Nancy meant by this, but I interpret the idea to organize learning community events where you bring together three groups:
- People inside the host / sponsoring organization who have a particular need
- Outside experts
- Outside peers
You (or an outside facilitator) facilitates a conversation around a particular need.
Let’s say the need is – Where and how should we apply social learning in our organization?
The facilitator would get the people inside the company to define the problem. Then would facilitate sharing with peers and with experts around the issue.
I’ve seen similar kinds of peer sharing at roundtable events. And it’s really powerful. Adding in the experts would make it even more powerful.
I could imagine where this could be an ongoing sharing dialog that would cross several organizations. For example, you could pull together L&D staff from 10 companies together into a community and then have people like myself and George Siemens who could help facilitate critical issues and conversations and draw in additional outside expertise as needed.
To me, that sounds like a really powerful model.
Great stuff Nancy and John.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
It’s interesting at the end of the year to go back through blog posts to see what my Best of 2009 is. I’ll also do a post similar to my post last year 2008 2009 that will look at my 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009. But for now, let me just focus on my Best of 2009.
To create this list, I’m using eLearning Learning as described in Using Special Parameters to Create Year End Post for details on how I’ve come up with this list. I’m including posts from December 2008.
Top 20 eLearning Technology Posts for 2009
- 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
- Top 100 eLearning Items
- LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers
- Collaboration Tools
- Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool
- Top 99 Workplace eLearning Blogs
- Twitter Conference Ideas
- Using SharePoint
- How to Download YouTube Videos
- eLearning Conferences 2010
- Tool Set 2009
- LMS and Social Learning
- Business of Learning
- Web Conferencing Services
- eLearning Costs
- Twitter and Webinars
- Remote Collaboration
- Share Best Practices – Patterns
- 100 Conversation Topics
- Better Memory
Other Notable Posts
- Rapid Learning Management Systems
- eLearning Strategy
- How long does it take to select an LMS?
- Discussion Forums for Knowledge Sharing at Capital City Bank
- eLearning Portal Integration
- Data Driven
Notable Topics for 2009
- Work Skills Keeping Up?
- Twitter as Personal Learning and Work Tool
- Tool Set 2009
- Knowledge Work Types
- LinkedIn Guide for Knowledge Workers
- Using SharePoint
- SharePoint Examples
- SharePoint Fear and Loathing by Learning Professionals
- 12 eLearning Predictions for 2009
Side Note – Read Counts
I also looked at the top posts according to read counts. What I found is that read counts are actually dominated by mostly older posts. Here are the top 25 according to read counts:
The ones from the time frame shown above are already listed in the top list.
For some reason, December last year was a really good month for posts and page views.