As we celebrate our birthday, we look back in order to look forward, seeing what the most popular posts were and sharing favourite articles you may have missed
Did you read all about it? If not, catch up now
So what did we write that really hit the spot in the past year? Measured by page views, your five favourite stories, in ascending order, were:
5 Make-up masterclasses on video
4 Sex after 50: just do it
3 Infidelity: how to cope with a cheating spouse
2 Diana at 50: what would her life have been like if she had lived?
1 David Gilmour in conversation
Employing a bit of poetic licence, this suggests that we’re all pretty much on the same road: we care about the physical and emotional sides of life. We like a certain kind of culture and a sprinkling of glamour. We’re still open to ideas and open to adventure, though we value our experience and can think for ourselves.
But that’s a very rough sketch. Besides, the figures are skewed according to how long each story has been on the site and the growing numbers of readers over the months. So, to measure the 50 best stories, we wondered, should we run an algorithm through the data, and make the appropriate adjustments?
Hell, no. Let’s just serve up 50 stories from high50 that, mixed together, give the best flavour of what we’re about. There is no ranking here; we’ve just sliced them into various categories.
We know that 50 (well, 55) articles is a lot to read, so you may like to bookmark this page.
You can also let us know what you think of the site. What were your favourite stories? Are they on our list? What would you like to read about more? Or less? Or about the same?
You can contact us privately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the comment board below, or on the comment board below every article.
Since June 2011, it’s been a lot of fun, and very instructive, to talk to our community and get these stories up on high50. We hope in years to come to keep things that way. Only better.
Life & times
The Brands: a Soho mystery
The Chipping Norton Set
Sex lessons: I should Coco
Gaz Mayall: still rockin’ after all these years
Boomers? No, we’re Bloomers!
Crikey, there’s a word for this…
Apple, Aston, B&O: how cool are we?
Viagra: daddy’s little helper
Apple iPhone 4S: no sour grapes, please
Sex addiction: it can be licked
Sex: cougar man, go back to your wife
E-Type Jag: simply the best
Surfing: the Babe of Biscay
Travel trends for 2012: our friends in the know
Jerome Burne: the drugs don’t work
Alzheimer’s: the vitamins that may save you
The well-balanced diet is a myth
Yoga for life: it’s not too late to start
Business idea? 50 is the right time
Digital inheritance: hey you, look after my cloud!
Beauty & grooming
Scent of a midlife woman
Anti-ageing: more than skin deep
Male cosmetic procedures: face up to them, guys
Hirst: a huckster, in hindsight?
British design: was this the future?
Da Vinci: the works
REM split: no need to say RIP
The Brat Pack at 50
Family & relationships
The empty nest: on a wing and a prayer
I want my grandchildren by him/by her
Coming out: it’s never too late to say you’re gay
Food & drink
Eating meat: does everybody hurt?
Rhubarb: in the pink
Goodbye dude, hello street
Home & garden
Furniture: the mid-century modern world
Sally Brampton: come on over to my place
Sarah Raven: this blooming life
Bathrooms: the return of the avocado suite (and pink and yellow and…)
Vintage object of desire #1: Glenfarclas ’62 Sherry Hogshead
Mission 30: braving the Birkenstock
Nick Ashley: a design classic
Mission 22 (Karl Lagerfeld): taking some tips from a master
Mission 20: how to conquer the bastard moth
Mission 14: taming the mature bosom
Coffeemakers: one cappuccino and make it frothy
The Indians are coming
Strength training: girl, you’ve got to carry those weights
Road racers: the drive of your life
Fitness: can you do a Fifty at 50?
Read our other first birthday stories:
Facebook: the so-social network
50th birthdays: many happy returns!
Putting a cherry on your cake
One year old and look how we’ve grown! (Plus: post your own picture)
Although in one sense high50 is all of us who engage with the site, in another it’s some individuals sitting at desks in London, plus a few hundred writers in our age bracket spread across Britain, Europe, America, Australia and beyond. Articles attributed to high50 are written after discussion between some, many or most of the contributors, and aim to distill our opinions, sifting all the available information to arrive at an informed and authoritative overview.