As the year draws to a close, let’s look at the five blog posts from 2016 that had the most amount of traffic.
- Coming in at Number 5 (November 18) was my post on the 2016 U.S. presidential election: Why You Lost Is Because “I Won”. It described the forces that led to Donald J Trump being elected President of the United States, and seemed to have struck a chord with readers of a particular political bent.
- The Number 4 post (May 9) focused on the artist Kukuruyo, and how he was attacked by progressives/leftists/Social Justice Warriors because of his political leanings: SJWs and Content Creators: Ideological Purity Required. It’s a theme I would return to several more times throughout the year.
- Number 3 (May 16) was a more personal post: I Quit Facebook. In this post I discussed leaving the social media platform and why I did it.
- For Number 2 (April), I’m combining three posts, though individually they’d take the 3, 4, and 5 spots themselves: the David A Riley saga. In Part One, I discussed how horror author David A Riley had been kicked off the jury for a Bram Stoker Award by the Horror Writers Association because a coterie of very loud, very angry Social Justice Warriors didn’t like his former politics. In Part Two, I interviewed Riley himself to get his side of the story, which nobody else had bothered to do. And in Part Three, I analyzed the contretemps, putting it into context.
- The far and away winner for Number 1 (Feb 22) was Red Flags and Ginger Nuts of Horror, where I described how Jim Mcleod, owner of the site Ginger Nuts of Horror, kicked me off the writing staff and called me, a Jewish man, a Nazi for having opinions that millions and millions of other people share, and expressing those opinions on my personal social sites.
What’s clear is that the political material tends to get more hits, though some of my book advertisements and book reviews inched into the top ten. It doesn’t mean that I’ll be writing more political material; as always, I write about what I want to write about, and sometimes it’s political, sometimes, cultural, sometimes neither.