Here at the close of 2012, I wanted to take a look back at some content I wrote this past year and highlight some of the posts that were most popular. Several blogs I read do this sort of thing, so I thought I might join in the fun. I’ll be taking tomorrow off and will be writing on my regular schedule starting Wednesday.
Here are the top several Uphold Liberty posts of 2012
1. 5 Reasons Why You Might Want to Vote for Gary Johnson
The Johnson national campaign linked to me, putting this post at the top of my traffic graphs for the year. It got almost 10 times more traffic than #2 on this list.
2. 5 Reasons Why You Might Want to Vote for Mitt Romney
I assume a lot of this traffic was spilled over from the traffic flood from Gary Johnson.
3. 5 Reasons Why You Might Want to Vote for Barack Obama
The “5 Reasons” series got a lot more traffic than I expected. I suspect the Obama post – and probably the Romney one as well – were popular as a result of the Johnson link, since I didn’t really have much nice to say about either of them.
4. Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients
“If I had to pass a drug test to work, they should have to pass a drug test to get welfare.” It sounds reasonable, but it’s a quick way to unnecessarily grow government.
5. ‘Vote Like That’ by Students at the Ron Clark Academy
This video was sent in by a reader, and I decided to write about it. The traffic came partially from readers sharing the link, but mostly from the post ranking well in search engines.
Honorable mention: not far behind these were I Know When I’m Not Wanted (the post where I made my decision about the presidential candidates) and 8 Technological Reasons to Stop SOPA & PIPA (my post about some really bad legislation that was fortunately killed before it was passed).
Fun Search Terms
One of the most interesting things about running a web site is seeing the search terms used to find the site. Here are a few I enjoyed from 2012.
- marijuana is bad mmkay (Yes, it’s bad, but you should have the freedom to choose. mmkay?)
- “Why does Lamar Smith hate the internet?” (Smith was the author of SOPA.)
- Saxby Chambliss worthless (Indeed)
- Dale Murphy hall of fame (Don’t know why Uphold Liberty appeared for that phrase, but Murphy definitely deserves the HOF spot.)
- dumb things donald trump says (that’d be a long list)
- Ron Davis fighting for what’s good (love it!)
That last one made me smile. I do think of this blog as an outlet for my efforts in “fighting for what’s good,” so I’m glad Google agrees. I hope that as you’ve followed along in 2012, you’ve been encouraged to take a stand for freedom in your own way, in your own city/county/state and that you’ll be even more compelled to do so in 2013.