SoCS — The Year in Review

B6DE1368-B4DA-43CC-9E2C-752AF907A35ALinda G. Hill gave us the word “year” for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Even though, including today, there are still four days left to this year, I decided to take this opportunity to offer up my top 10 posts of 2019. I’m doing this now because I’ve got surgery scheduled for Monday, December 30th and I don’t know, assuming I survive the surgery, when I’ll be recuperated enough to get back to my blog.

But, surgery aside, this list is not a qualitative one. It’s strictly quantitative, listing my 10 posts that received the most views in 2019, exclusive of any of my prompt posts (e.g., FOWC with Fandango). So here we go with the top 10:

#1. Remember last summer when a website called Tygpress was harvesting our posts and, without our permission, was publishing them on its own site? Well, my post, Tygpress.com, garnered 669 views this year.

#2. I guess a lot of people wanted to know more about Fandango because my Who Am I page got 566 views.

#3. When I created a badge for people to put on their posts so it would show up on posts harvested by Tygpress, my Feel Free to Use This Badge post was viewed 547 times.

#4. My post, Thoughts and Prayers My Ass, was a screed about mass shootings in the U.S. and how having politicians sending out their thoughts and prayers while refusing to enact common sense gun laws is totally useless. That post received 333 views.

#5. Another post related to mass shootings was Do People Really Believe This Shit? This post was about a state senator in Ohio who blamed the breakdown of the traditional American family, recreational marijuana, homosexual marriage, drag queen advocates, violent video games, open borders, kneeling athletes, and ignoring the importance of God and the church for gun violence in America. 244 people read it.

#6. Donald Trump, in a tweet, accused two freshman U.S. congressional representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, of hating Israel and all Jewish people. 239 people read my post They Hate All Jews.

#7. This post, We Did It! — Maybe, was yet another post about Tygpress, but this was one to announce that our efforts to stop that site from harvesting the posts of WordPress bloggers had paid off when Tygpress shut down its site. Yay! The post received 196 views.

#8. Remember when WordPress used to have its daily word prompts? Well, my post, Snidely Whiplash, which was originally posted in 2018 but got more views (187) this year than in 2018, was written in response to the prompt word “cur.”

#9. A few of the on-air personalities at Fox News reported that liberals “want to change the name Thanksgiving. They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving.” So of course when Donald Trump, who always watches Fox News, saw the story, he started tweeting about this bogus assertion. 166 people wanted to learn more about this so-called War on Thanksgiving.

#10. In my post WTF Blogger? I complained (or some might say whined) about the fact that I was unable to “like” the posts of Blogger bloggers who read, liked, and/or commented on my posts on WordPress. I also pointed out how difficult, if not impossible, it was for a non-Blogger blogger (i.e., a WordPress blogger), to leave a comment on a Blogger blogger’s posts. This post received 160 views.

There you have it: Fandango’s 10 most viewed posts in 2019 through midnight last night.

How about all of you? I’d love to learn about your 10 most popular posts for this year. Publish your own top 10 list and link back to this post.

17 thoughts on “SoCS — The Year in Review

  1. Maggie December 28, 2019 / 5:56 am

    Great recap. You wrote some great posts this past year! Congrats.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Paula Light December 28, 2019 / 6:29 am

    Great idea! Those were fab posts. Love reading you, Fandango, and will be looking forward to your prompt return to Blogville. All the best! ❤️

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  3. Tom Being Tom December 28, 2019 / 8:33 am

    I don’t know how I wasn’t already following you! WTF indeed!

    My most read post would qualify for your 8th most read post, and that makes me damn proud. 😁

    What would make me even prouder is if I click “post comment” and my comment doesn’t end up in your spam folder. Cuz that’s the story of my 2019 if ya wanna know.

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to finding out who you are by clicking your #2. 🙂

    Incidentally, his is who I am. https://tombeingtom.com/about-tom/

    #FingersCrossed

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong December 28, 2019 / 10:37 am

    I’m not sure my best posts were also my most popular ones, but since I can’t remember everything I wrote — or even HALF of what I wrote — numbers are a good place to start, eh?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango December 28, 2019 / 12:28 pm

      I am pretty sure that what we each believe to be our “best” posts aren’t necessarily our most widely viewed, but quality is an “eye of the beholder” thing, whereas numbers, in theory, at least, don’t lie.

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  5. KC December 28, 2019 / 11:18 am

    Interesting post/concept.
    I can’t be bothered.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. leigha66 December 30, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    I am happy when I get more than a dozen likes… likes in the hundreds is amazing. I think I remember each and every one of those posts. I am so far behind still I don’t really have time for a year end post. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

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