For most of the past several years, I have compiled a list of the 10 Most Viewed posts at Legal Insurrection based on page view stats:
- 10 most viewed Legal Insurrection posts in 2015
- Legal Insurrection’s 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2016
- Legal Insurrection’s 10 most-viewed posts of 2018
- Legal Insurrection’s 10 Most-Viewed Posts of 2019
- Legal Insurrection’s Most-Viewed Posts of 2020
But in 2017, I substituted my favorite posts because, as I explained at the time, In 2017 we had fun, fun, fun:
I was going to run a “most viewed” posts of the year post, but frankly, it wasn’t very interesting. We didn’t have any blockbusters, and the list for some reason included a post from 2015 and 2016 (which were heavily viewed in 2017).
So instead, I went through my own post timeline to find some “fun” posts that should be memorable.
This year I’m also forgoing a 10 Most Viewed list because the top 10 most viewed was so heavily dominated by coverage of the Kyle Rittenhouse and Derek Chauvin cases as our Top 1 and 2 topics, respectively, for 2021. Major props to Andrew Branca for his daily live coverage and analysis.
A note on overall website traffic. Last year I noted an exceptional 2020 surge, but also thought it was an aberration caused by the unusual 2020 election year and post-election conflict:
I’m expecting a big drop in traffic in 2021. This year’s intense political and social drama likely was a driver of eyeballs that will not happen in 2021 (we think). This is something you’re likely to see across media.
And so it came to pass. This year we clocked pretty much the same traffic we had in 2019, a drop of a third from 2020, which seems typical for political websites. In our case, part of it was the normal post-election year decline, but most was our loss of social media. Parler consistently drove more traffic to us in 2020 than Facebook, then Parler was taken down and never fully recovered. Facebook was huge for us in 2020, with several viral posts, but now is close to a waste for us, we’re clearly being throttled even though we have no “strikes” against us; our content is not being shown to many people (we have 350,000 followers, we’re lucky if our stuff “reaches” 5,000 people). We’re actively seeking alternative ways to reach people. (Sign up for our newsletter and follow our new Telegram channel.)
As I did in 2017, here are my favorites from among my own posts, regardless of number of views. I didn’t start out looking for a theme, but Save The Country, the Laura Nyro song made most famous by the 5th Dimension, is what came to mind:
Let me search for the clown emoji. Where is it? Can’t seem to find it. Oh, here it is. 🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡
The BIG LIE of 2021. How convenient that Amazon Web Services took down a rising competitor to AWS’s client Twitter. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.
I finally made a list!
7. Democrats/Media Deploy Same “Eliminationist Narrative” Against School Parents As They Did Against Tea Party
Democrat operatives and the media. But I repeat myself.
Whatever else you think of Mitch, he done good with this one.
I’ve been getting ready for several months now. I feel better already, although there’s still a way to go. I’m still not prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse.
So many stains on our country from creepy uncle Joe. We are one big blue dress.
3. “The fight over Critical Race Theory in education is a fight in many ways for our national survival”
Education is sick. Time is running out. Run for school board. Serve public records requests. Protest. Homeschooling, school choice, and follow-the-student funding are the civil rights issues of our time around which multi-racial, multi-ethnic coalitions can be built. Everyone needs to do something.
How did we get to this point? We surrendered the campuses, and it’s probably too late to get them back. We laughed at the craziness, and now the crazy has spread off campus.
1. “Leave Democrats to their own devices, and they will screw themselves politically, just when they are at the height of power”
We have seen this movie before. This time, however, they have been more destructive faster than expected, ruthlessly efficient at harming the country.
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