Tastepotting Top 12, week ending 7.26 and the Easy, Online Data-ing Way Out

TasteSpotting Top 12 Submissions, week ending 07/26/2008
I owe my blog a post or two. Hell, I think I owe The Delicious Life something like two dozen posts in addition to a whole week of cookbooks yet to giveaway, but I’ve been, well, a little occupied, to say the least.

A lot has happened — there is much narration, exposition, and explanation, to be sure. I’ve been meaning to post it all out and have dedicated more than a reasonable amount of time in front of my laptop staring at the blank Compose window in Blogger. I’ve written, read, deleted, paraphrased, re-written, re-deleted, and re-written again (oh, the redundantation!) a post about what in this last two months of my Delicious Life has kept me away from the thing I love to do most, writing on my blog. Still, I have but barely a paragraph to show for my intent, and I’m not yet satisfied with the feeble attempt at a blog post that is sitting as a draft in the background. Though it is often the case with me that emotional and psychological disastrophe makes for great blogging, I am also physically exhausted. It will come – stories, posts, pictures, and of course, cookbooks – but not right now.

Instead, for now, I am taking the easy way out — the “safe,” factual, data-driven way out as I have so often done before in my past life as a pre-med student, a consultant, an MBA, and marketer. Pull some numbers out of the database. Comma separate them into Excel. Mix, match, massage and macro the hell out of them. Throw the results up in front of everybody and pray, just pray, that time will run out before they have time to ask questions.

The matrix above represents TasteSpotting’s Top 12 Submissions, week ending 07.26.2008. Ooooobviously, I know that the 26th was last last week — I’m the one who did the analysis, so wouldn’t I know that it’s a week off?! — but like I said, I’m barely, just barely, able to keep up with this mindcircus. Needless to say, the Top 12 is something I want to do every week because as much as I love food in every form – from blog to boo-fay (ok, not buffet, but I couldn’t resist the alliteration), I may actually love geeking out on data even more. Don’t be surprised if you see some pie charts (did I just? Oh god, I did) in the near future.

Click on any of the pictures to see the detail. If you’re wondering how we chose the Top 12 Submissions, it’s a complex multi-variate, multi-factor, multi-colored algorithm that…OH! I think we’re out of time :)

(I am refining the algorithm as we speak, and will post the Top 12 from this past week, along with my thoughts and hypotheses on what makes something “clicky” based on these data, some time in the near future, which you now know means, “don’t count on seeing it before Monday.”)

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1 Nate-n-Annie August 4, 2008 at 6:40 am

If it will help, I can take some of the load off and approve some pics in my spare time…(all of MY pics, that is! j/k)

I appreciate that you do these roundups. What does the collective food porn addict like? Apparently, Korean girls slurping noodles from a waffle cone is big.


2 tigerfish August 4, 2008 at 7:36 am

There is so much hard work behind all these. Take a bow and curtsy. Thanks for featuring the Poutine post! :D


3 jen August 4, 2008 at 7:39 am

After you curtsy and bow, you’ll get a standing ovation.

I love the weekly top 12, what a fabulous idea. I love pie on charts too.


4 daphne August 4, 2008 at 8:49 am

Woah! a week off is fine! hehehe. Better late than never. That looks like a big job over there!


5 Alejandra August 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm

So fun! My cookie is one of the top 12. I always love the round-ups and am definitely looking forward to learning how you figure them out!


6 Olga August 4, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Nate-N-Annie: I had the exact same thought about offering to approve all of my pictures.
Seriously, I’m an addict to Tastespotting and anytime my pictures get approved I call my sister and do a happy dance.
Thanks, Sarah!


7 Ann August 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Very interesting, love data and the insight that comes with it. Thanks for being a geek like the rest of us.

Splendid idea. I would prefer a blueberry pie chart. Just sayin’.


8 freeway-J August 4, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Just as I was about to go into a delicious-life-lack-of-update induced withdraw seizure there was a new post. If you are deciding between pie or bar for a chart I would go with “pie”; but if you are deciding between eating some pie or going to a bar I would choose “bar”. I hope all is well!


9 Jayne August 5, 2008 at 1:57 am

Wow! Cool! (Mine is the blueberry cross-section.) I didn’t even see this – a friend mentioned it this morning. Thanks! And great job to all the others as well!


10 Zen Chef August 5, 2008 at 4:31 am

I have a new goal in life. It’s to make it to the top 12.


11 Joe Horn August 5, 2008 at 4:46 am

Sarah, Happy to see a new post. I love tastespotting so much. You are doing a GREAT job, keep it up!



12 wmw August 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm

Dropped by to say thanks…it’s great that Tastespotting has team with someone like you around helping out :o)


13 Kristen August 7, 2008 at 10:26 pm

This is a fantastic idea… I love it! Look forward to more of these.
Now, take a break before you go out of your mind. I don’t know how you are doing this all by yourself, girl!


14 Jessica August 8, 2008 at 5:49 am

i love it! bravo!


15 danny August 13, 2008 at 2:46 pm

pie (charts)!!!!

it would be quite the feat to quantify deliciousness into slices. :P

keep up the good work on tastespotting!


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