WC interrupts regular blog posts for this special Meta Edition
WC wants to pause briefly to note the 500th post to Wickersham’s Conscience. Yes, WC has been abusing innocent electrons through 500 essays now. Shameful, to be sure.
But the real celebration should be you, WC’s readers, whose comments and emails have inspired – for a given definition of “inspired” – WC, and contributed no small number of ideas for blog pieces.
As WC’s readers know, WC brings a magpie judgment and selection process to these essays, selecting bright and shiny trinkets that appeal to WC at the moment. WC has been working on more extended analysis, as in the recently concluded Meghan Simon series and the intermittent critiques of “exceptionalism.” And WC will shortly be adding a couple of new features available through WordPress, including the first ever poll. There’s still the unfinished business of picking the ideal metaphor for Caribou Barbie.
- The most popular single blog post, in terms of viewers, remains WC’s first essay on Joe Miller. It was linked by Mudflats, Immoral Minority and Huffington. For whatever reason, readers are still going to the post.
- The most popular single topic, in terms of viewers, remains Caribou Barbie. As WC has said before, he has serious misgivings about writing on The Quitter. It feeds her need for attention. Absent extraordinary conduct on her part, expect fewer Palin posts.
- The most popular subject, in terms of comments, is still Joe Miller. His slow political suicide in front of the entire nation inspired amazing numbers of comments, few of them kind.
- There is no relation between the amount of effort WC puts into a blog post and its popularity. Difficult posts to research and write like Don’t Discard ACES get very few visits. Knock-offs like to the link to Jim Wright’s screed are wildly popular. At least some of WC’s readers prefer entertainment to education.
- The audiences for nature photography and politics are very different, with little overlap.
- WC is forced to conclude there is no audience for economics. Not that it will stop WC from writing about it. Celtic Diva described WC as “wonkish” and WC strives to live up to the reputation.
So thanks again to you, the readers of Wickersham’s Conscience. Keep the ideas, suggestions and questions coming.
We now return to the regular programming.