15,000,000

This morning, our blog passed our 15,000,000 viewers. Since just a few weeks ago that we passed the 14,000,000 mark, it is obvious that the blog continues to grow at an impressive rate. We continue to rank in the top ten most viewed legal blogs in the world and I would like to think that our civility policy adds to the appeal of the blog for new viewers.

In the last twenty-four hours, our five biggest international sources for readers came from Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Germany, India, and France (in that order with Canada as the number one contributing country). That is virtually unchanged.

I wanted to thank our weekend bloggers: David Drumm, Mark Esposito, Gene Howington, Michael Spindell, Eliane Magliaro, Mike Appleton, and Larry Rafferty. I wanted to particularly thank our contributors. This blog offers a unique mix of views from people committed to civil discussion of the major issues of our time. While we often disagree, we offer a place for reasonable and respectful debate. I am incredibly grateful to all of our regulars. In the last 24 hours, the most active commentators were (starting with the highest appearance) Idealist707, Nick Spinelli, Bron, Rafflaw, Dredd, Anonynmously Yours, and Mespo.

Thanks again everyone and congratulations on reaching another milestone!

35 thoughts on “15,000,000

  1. Jonathan, congratulations!

    I must, however, register a criticism. Many of your posts and those of guest bloggers are on trivial topics. I subscribe to your blog and receive too many email notices, most of which immediately go to trash.

    I know you are a serious law professor with important things to say on important topics. Stay focused on those, please.

  2. “I would like to think that our civility policy adds to the appeal of the blog for new viewers.”

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    Me, too, but the occasional posts about lap dances don’t hurt. :D

    Bravo, Professor Turley.

  3. dkcommentaries:

    “I must, however, register a criticism. Many of your posts and those of guest bloggers are on trivial topics. I subscribe to your blog and receive too many email notices, most of which immediately go to trash.

    I know you are a serious law professor with important things to say on important topics. Stay focused on those, please.”

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    “Humor is our way of defending ourselves from life’s absurdities by thinking absurdly about them.”

    ~Lewis Mumford

    Respectfully submitted by your obedient guest blogger,

    Mark Esposito

  4. Congatulations Jonathan for creating this refuge from the total craziness of many other blogs.

    “Many of your posts and those of guest bloggers are on trivial topics. I subscribe to your blog and receive too many email notices, most of which immediately go to trash.”

    I would suggest it is the mixture of the deadly serious and “frivolous” topics that have made this blog popular. People who are “serious” all the time frighten me.

  5. Mike S:

    “People who are “serious” all the time frighten me.”

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    Well, they bore me to tears.

  6. Congratulations Professor! It is an honor to be part of this blog. I agree that the civility policy is an important part of its success. However, it is your expertise and guidance that have made this site a pleasure to visit at any time. And the fun news stories are icing on the cake.

  7. Critics are those who wait behind the lines to shoot the wounded as they return from battle.

    “Would I were in an alehouse in London! I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety.” (Henry V)

  8. Dave:

    “Great job, now if we could get a more balanced perspective from more of the writers, imagine where it could go?!!”

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    Come on, Dave. I hate everybody. What’s more balanced than that? :)

  9. Mike S:

    “I would suggest it is the mixture of the deadly serious and “frivolous” topics that have made this blog popular. ”

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    Mike, I think you put your finger on it. This blog appeals to the marginal fan interested in law and current events. One doesn’t have to slog through arcane legal verbiage or be ready at the quick with every Supreme Court decision to participate like some other “trade” blogs. There’s much merit to exposing lay people to the innate thought processes of lawyers and other professionals like yourself. I think it brings people together even if they disagree. It shows that not everything contrary to your point of view is irrational. We need more of that today.

  10. “One doesn’t have to slog through arcane legal verbiage or be ready at the quick with every Supreme Court decision to participate like some other “trade” blogs.”

    Mark,

    To me this is a key reason why this blog works and is the worthy extension of jonathan’s career. Despite the differing viewpoints of those who gather here, almost all realize that there are problems with our legal system, our society and with our Constitution that need to be addressed. These problems are made accessible to all via this blog and without understanding the nature of the problems that exist, we can make no progress towards fixing them. Many of us who come here are capable of understanding arcane legal language, even a non lawyer like me. However, many who come here, including me, would be put off by the work/time entailed in parsing dense commentary that often obscures the issue.

  11. What Mark and Mike said plus I’ve heard the blog still smells 200% more like fresh baked cookies than the nearest competition. True, not a determinative factor in deciding where to visit, but certainly an advantage.

  12. The use of levity was long in use as one liners here. The arcane blogs as well. The improvement is solely due to my being here! Longer posts. More personal posts. But I still exceed all in being boring. And brevity is long from being my positive side.

    Thanks. Had drawn down due to health issues. but for the last 24 hours I obviously have not. Here is part of my therapy. And being apesh*t about correcting the world’s problems, and all those held by its denizens, I find this a good place to be with many links to suck on.

    I can find better places to get excited at, but none where civil discussion is required.

    Congratulations, Professor Turley.

    PS Keep the mix. I will learn to lighten up as others can.

  13. I share at least two or three blog posts a day! It’s all good to me. There is enough seriousness out there. Searching for the cat in the picture is a way to make us all take time to do something fun (or maybe frustrating :) before we get back to slogging through the important “stuff” like folks getting pulled over for being drug “mules” because they have a buckeye sticker on their car.

  14. Methinks commenter “dwkcommentaries” needs a humor meter adjustment. Set way to high on the ‘serious’ scale. That is a good way to blow a fuse or burn out the Turbo-Entabulator.

    Congrats to our gracious host and the talented guest bloggers for the milestone.

  15. Congratulations, Professor Turley. Fifteen million is an admirable statistic, and I’m confidant it will continue to climb.

    I appreciate not only the civility policy here, but also–especially–the civil liberties coverage and commentary that you, virtually alone, continue to provide. So many constitutionally-enshrined rights being eroded by the harsh winds of fear, economic strife, and corporatism; so few citizens daring to disturb the sound of silence engendered by a couple of hundred million rat’s asses not being given.

    So, thank you, Sir.

  16. Deborah,

    Thank you for breaking the train of congratulatory posts.
    Gives me a chance to be OT, but not OT as it concerns a site fighting for our civil rights.

    http://naturalrightsfoundation.org/

    Roll down to “Internet facing multiple attacks…..
    Or take your own pick. Lots of choices. Evaluations?

    Brennan Center for Justice (NYU) and then this blog which claims to be an extension of the Center.

    Keep up the work all..

  17. Congratulations, Prof. Turley. I truly enjoy the variety of topics and opinions on this site, and I admire your courage in freely subjecting the blog on weekends to a diverse group of people capable of (almost) anything. While I haven’t been able to contribute as much as I’d like to recently, I have learned a great deal, including how to smell a troll at a hundred paces and how to post a column consisting of nothing other than a title.

  18. “I wonder how many of the posts here are the Professor’s puppets.”

    None. When JT posts to comments, it is as himself.

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