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What you were reading in 2011

It was a bad year for dictators. It wasn't too hot on the environmental front, either, what with earthquakes, oil spills and atrocious storms.

And it was a big year here at Idealog, with a change of editor, website relaunch and new permanent web editor.

So what were you reading?

Generating 27 comments, including cameos from Russell Brown and Alastair Thompson (you're welcome back anytime...) , Vincent's letter to John Key was the biggest story of the year.  A lifelong Act/National voter, the teapot tape saga caused him to reconsider his loyalties (we must get him rarked up more often). His post on our addiction to dairy exports proved almost as popular, if not so much on the commenting front.

Design dominated the field, with the Best Awards results, Alt Group's rebranding of the Auckland Art Gallery, and Imperial Lane's heritage facelift generating plenty of clicks.

The list wouldn't be complete without a mention of the blazingly successful Innovators Awards and our Innovation of the Day series – the most popular of which was not surprisingly the most useless machine ever.

Apparently a fair few of you like to get out into the great outdoors, too, because our story on the launch of Fishing Camping Outdoors was right up there.

Finally, Sir Paul Callaghan's inaugural chancellor's lecture apparently hit a nerve. "Never fear knowledge," he said. "Until we get honest and confront our myths, New Zealand will not be a place where talent wants to live.”

Got ideas for us? Want to contribute to Idealog? As always, we want to hear from you – send us your feedback anytime (well, except in the next couple of weeks, ideally). Our job is done, for now – see you in 2012. Stay off the turps and try to behave yourselves.

Over and out.