Shortcuts to 2010

Political car-in-a-ditch metaphors aside, describing 2010 as a year of starts, stops, and stalls reflects the fitful failures and progress in a tumultuous year. Diving into the Search stream, the Yahoo! Year in Review took 143 articles (this one makes 144) to look back — and still many more things could’ve been covered, from religious scandals to gay and lesbian issues.

Then again, if we did that, you’d never be able to move on to 2011. Thank you for sharing the year with us — as well as sharing your questions and your desire to know. In addition to 11 top-10 slideshows to the right, blogs throughout the month of December shared more. Below, some shortcuts will help you get to the topics you like. Oh, and best wishes for a smooth start to 2011.

Madness Behind the Method (and credits)
Video: Top News Stories of 2010
Most Expensive Votes
Video: Inspiring Moments of 2010
iPad Love and Most-Searched Gadgets
‘Glee’-ful Tidings and Most-Searched TV Shows
Most-Searched Politicians
Who’s Top Dog? Top 10 Breeds
Midterm Moodiness
Talking to the Year’s Hottest Pitchman
Video: Extreme Moments of 2010
Misheard, Mistaken, Misspelled: The Year’s Finest
Femme Fatale: A Year in Lady Spies
Surprising Truths About Immigration
Breakout Stars: Tough Girls Under 25
Cyberspace: Bullying’s New Turf
SuperManny: Most Searched Athletes of 2010
The Bonus Round: Outrageous Numbers of 2010
Video: Head-Turning Moments of 2010
Top News Stories of 2010: Month by Month
Strange Undersea Creatures We Have Loved: 2010
Slips-Ups and Leaks: The 2010 Cleanup

—Yahoo! Year in Review editorial lead for four years running, Vera H-C Chan dissects news events and search trends to share the why behind what’s hot online and in the media. Before Yahoo!, she worked as a features/A&E reporter for San Francisco Bay Area newspapers and magazines. Her writing can be found all over Yahoo!, including in Buzz Log, TV, Movies, and her Shine blog Fast-Talking Dame. Follow the Dame on Twitter.