My 2021 blogging stats, like those of last year, ended up a bit differently than expected. Many of my most-viewed posts have stayed consistent from year to year, but not all of them have remained in my Top 10, and some of them have shifted position slightly. My posts in my “A Primer on ______________ Names” series (which I’m long overdue to resume!) have been getting quite a lot of traction, to the point that, exactly as last year, they now occupy fully half of the Top 10 slots, six more slots in the Top 20, and five additional slots in the Top 30.
This year’s Top 5 posts were:
“A primer on Russian names,” published 28 December 2012, at 2,105 views in 2021 and 13,920 total. This is still my next-most-viewed most ever. Were I writing it today, it would have so many more names. A lot of my posts in this series could benefit from expansion, which is why I’ll put them all together in a book when I finally post the last installment (whenever that may be).
“Favorite Decameron stories, Part I,” published 28 December 2011, at 1,462 views in 2021 and 9,604 total. This is my third-most-viewed post of all time. If you follow my YouTube channel, I plan to begin a series on The Decameron once I reach 100 subscribers.
“A primer on Occitan names,” published 28 December 2016, at 1,310 views in 2021 and 4,094 total. This is now my fifth-most-viewed post.
“A primer on Yiddish names,” published 27 January 2017, at 1,109 views in 2021 and 3,664 total. This is now my seventh-most-viewed post of all time.
“A primer on Tatar names,” published 30 June 2017, at 981 views in 2021 and 3,424 total. This is my eighth-most-viewed post. Perhaps information about Tatar names is hard to find?
Rounding out the Top 10 were:
“Writing an arm amputee character,” published 27 October 2014, at 969 views in 2021 and 5,967 total. This is my fourth-most-viewed post ever, though a lot of people who find it are pervy fetishists looking for amputee porn, not sensitive, accurate information on amputation. These dudes are so pornsick they don’t bother looking at the preview text, just click right on that link. I’d love to see the looks on their creepy faces when they realise this isn’t a porn site!
“Writing about Victorian postmortem photos,” a new edition to the Top 10, published 11 November 2020, at 813 views in 2021 and 839 total. This has fast risen to become one of my most popular posts, though it’s still only my 22nd-most-viewed post. Judging by some of my other popular posts, it may eventually jump into the overall Top 10. Many people have a morbid curiosity about Victorian postmortem photos, and it’s important to counter urban myths with actual facts. As I said in that post, the Victorians had great respect for their dead, and didn’t use them like creepy Gumby props that could defy the laws of basic postmortem science.
“A primer on Chechen names,” which has become quite popular recently, published 28 July 2017, at 765 views in 2021 and 1,302 total. This is my fourteenth-most-viewed post.
“Why I HATED The Book Thief,” published 5 August 2013, at 732 views in 2021 and 3,832 total. This is my sixth-most-viewed post of all time, and I still stand by every word ripping this insanely overrated garbage a new one.
It still sucks, bites, and blows! Like so many other popular books about the Shoah, it’s emotionally manipulative bestseller bait and Holocaust-lite for the masses, NOT quality, well-researched, historically-accurate literature for the ages.
“Ideas for an original WWII book,” published 23 September 2013, at 714 views in 2021 and 1,852 total. This entered my Top 10 list last year, and is now my eleventh-most-viewed post. WWII and the Shoah are such popular hist-fic settings, but a lot of people claim it’s the same story over and over again with different names and settings. Using a less-common premise and setting (e.g., a pacifist Mennonite family on the U.S. homefront, a neutral country like Portugal, soldiers in the China–India–Burma Theatre, refugees in Shanghai) will help to distinguish your story.
Two posts on my all-time Top 10 failed to make the 2020 Top 10:
“A primer on Albanian names,” published 7 August 2015, at 429 views in 2021 and 2,554 overall. It was this year’s eleventh-most-viewed post, and is my ninth-most-viewed overall.
“A primer on Georgian names,” published 26 December 2014, at 396 views in 2021 and 1,927 total. This is my tenth-most-viewed post of all time.
For the first time since its publication, “No, I will not get sucked into the cult of Arbonne!,” published 13 December 2013 and partially edited from something originally written for my old Angelfire site in 2010, wasn’t in the year’s Top 10, though it’s still my most-viewed post by a landslide. It had a mere 91 views in 2021, and overall has 43,003. Perhaps this toxic MLM is finally sliding into obscurity, or MLMs in general are losing popularity?
In 2020, I discovered a couple of butthurt Arbot bullies tried to circumvent my closed comments to send their abusive, childish vitriol through the Contact Me form. Talk about obsessed losers who need a new hobby! They couldn’t even be original in their insults and ridiculous claims.
Keep weaving more ropes to hang yourselves, MLMers! Everyone with sense knows MLMs are pyramid schemes and very cult-like, and that its salespeople (whom I refuse to refer to by their goofy euphemisms like “presenters” and “coaches”) can’t handle criticism or even the mere word “No.”