How to make your Mac work better? Yes, but no. Here’s what Mac users prefer to read about on our site. The results of a little data collection are revealing.
First, let me start by saying that we write about what interests us first, assuming that it will interest many Mac users. We probably do OK but it’s rather arrogant on our part to determine what everyone else wants to read.
We have a staff of four; all with surprisingly different Mac experience. I’ve been using Macs since the original 128k version in early 1984. Jack is the newest and a former Windows addict (he’s now recovering).
Alex is our most opinionated and self absorbed Mac user (aren’t we all?), and Bambi loves Mac things that work well, don’t cause problems, and cost less.
Second, we write not only about what interests us, as a collective group, but try to bring to your attention items of a specific and general sense but fully about Macs, Apple, applications, tips, opinions (and we label them as such), Microsoft, and anything else that “just seems to fit.”
As to whether our readers, you Mac users, really like what we write about… well, that’s only evidenced by return visits, comments (good and bad), and total visitors to the site.
Surprisingly, many of our Mac readers show an interest in articles, news, comments, reviews in a way different than we’d expect.
The Top 10 List
Over the past five months what do you suppose would be the most popular article we’ve presented to you? Scandal at Apple? Microsoft vs. Apple?
Remarkably, no. Those things interest Mac users, but what appears to be on most readers lists are articles about the Mac, Mac utilities, Mac applications, and a little bit of controversy.
Case in point, Number 10
A shoot out. We love those. This time it was Dell’s Precision Workstation vs. the then brand new dual 2.5 ghz CPU PowerMac G5. Do I need to tell you who won?
Click Here to find out how.
Just barely making the list is “Free Mac Apps That Do Much More Than You Expect.” It was a quick list of seldom touted but excellent freeware that really is better than expected.
Click Here to read for yourself.
What’s your favorite browser? Safari? Usually. But the Mac platform has plenty of good browsers to we pointed out what was good and not so good and downright bad.
Click Here for Part 1.
“The Best Digital Camera Ever For The Macintosh.” Poor Bambi. She bought her first digital SLR, a Canon. And she had to share her excitement with everyone else.
Excitement was such that I bought one, too. She was right. Click Here to find out which camera and why it’s so good.
This one shot to the Top 10 in nothing flat. “What’s Missing At Macworld And Can You Spot It?”
Yeah, that’s a come on title for an article but there’s times when things that are missing tell their own story, right? Click Here for the list.
“New iMac. Bargain Power Or Crippled And Weak Computer Toy?” This was a Point-Counterpoint with me and Jack Miller.
Lots of folks flamed Jack and he deserved it. Based on Apple’s recent earnings, the iMac is doing fine. Click Here to read about the house that Jack couldn’t build.
That’s the bottom six of the Top 10. Wait. There’s more. But I couldn’t squeeze them all into a single page. Click Here for Page 2 and the Top 4.
Continued from Page 1…
OK, sometimes there’s fluff and it just strikes a chord. “Microsoft’s Secret Plan To Defeat iPod, iTMS, OS X.” It wasn’t much of a secret since Microsoft sort of announced what they were doing.
Secret and Free are two words that catch a lot of attention with readers. I’m sure Microsoft has a plan of some sort to defend their turf. They’re just not doing a good job of it. Click Here to read more, or read on.
Ah, we love our email, don’t we? We all have favorite email programs (past and present). I remember the simplicity of the first Eudora for the Mac. That being said, “The Best Email Program On The Planet” came in at #4 of the most popular of all our articles.
With good reason.
Click Here to find out. Hint. It’s not from Apple.
More dear to Mac users than email is browser choice. I found a new one that’s better than Safari and Firefox.
When I told Mac readers why I dumped Safari and Firefox, I got more than a few flames.Click Here for the dirty details.
It’s still the best browser, Mac or Windows.
This one is far and away the most popular article we’ve ever done and it surprised all of us. It just shows to go you, you never know what John Q Public will do. Mostly.
It also proves a theory we’ve been tossing around here (between ourselves, but I’ll go public with it). Mac users love those Mac utilities that make life better on the Mac.
That’s why “The Top 7 Mac Power Utilities You Can’t Live Without” is Number One. Click Here for the full list and a chance to tell others what you think.
Since that was far and away the Number One choice among all of the nearly 250 articles we’ve written in the past few months, it points out what may be the coolest new feature in Mac OS X “Tiger.”
Steve Jobs demonstrated a handful of cute widget utilities during his Macworld Expo keynote address. Within a few months after Tiger ships (sometime this year) you’ll start to see dozens and dozens of nifty neato “widget” utilities pop up on the Mac screen.
Why? We love utilities and we love what works and we love making our Macs, well, personal. Somehow we also seem to love figuring out four ways to do the same thing and then settling in on the best.
What say you? What do you like to read? What do you prefer not to read? What gets you coming back for more? What gets in your shorts? Got an opinion you’d like to share with other Mac users? Click on the Comments link below.
friday update As we move into 2005 we’ll focus even more attention on Reviews, Tips, and How-to, and a little less on the “Mac news” of the day (there’s a dozen sites doing that already). Commentary and Opinion and Perspective? Yeah, we’ll continue to sprinkle that in here and there.