We only recently passed the 19,000,000 mark last December but we just hit 20,000,000, according to WordPress. Congratulations everyone. We have had a terrific month with a sharp increase in traffic and subscribers on Twitter. These milestones are coming faster and they give us a chance to look at the spread of our regular readers and commentators.

We continue to rank in the ten top most popular legal blogs in the world, according to AVVO.

In the last 30 days, our ten biggest international sources for readers came from

1. United States
2. Canada
3. United Kingdom
4. Australia
5. India
6. Germany
7. France
8. Finland
9. Netherlands

I wanted to thank our weekend bloggers: David Drumm, Mark Esposito, Eliane Magliaro, Mike Appleton, Larry Rafferty, Charlton Stanley and Darren Smith. I wanted to particularly thank our daily contributors who read and comment on our postings. In the 1000 comments, the most active commentators were (starting with the highest appearance) were

Nick Spinelli
Elaine M.
Anonymously Yours
Darren Smith

There are very few legal blogs to reach this level of readership and it is a testament to our effort to provide a forum for civil and informed debate.  To our new members, welcome aboard  . . . and to everyone again congratulations.

We are still exploring different changes on the format for the blog to continue to tweak the site. With the sharp increases in the last 30 days, we seem to be doing things right in our content and structure. However, I continue to believe that it is our regulars who make this site unique. A glance at the comments section shows that this remains a place for civil and adult discussion of some of our most divisive social and legal and political moments.

Thanks again to everyone for making this blog not only the top news analysis blog in the ABA Journal competition but also the latest entry into the Legal Blog Hall of Fame.

10 thoughts on “20,000,000

  1. I like the new changes, the new and old faces. Change is good. Some don’t like change but we must adapt or perish. I am always thankful for this blog.

  2. Bravo Citizen journalist Johnathan Turley.

    One of our best.

    This factor is becoming more and more important as the military NSA becomes a potent political force in Washington, and does serious damage to freedom of the press:

    Countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it. Freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result.

    This has been the case in the United States (46th), which fell 13 places, one of the most significant declines, amid increased efforts to track down whistleblowers and the sources of leaks.

    The political power of the military has developed and matured since Huntington published The Soldier and the State in 1957. During the post–World War II and Korean War periods, interservice rivalry was so intense that military leaders often exhausted their political energy in turf and budget battles with each other, resulting in enhanced civilian control. Huntington sounded a cautionary note as he regarded this contentious environment, suggesting that should the services unite their efforts, “inter-service peace would probably have certain costs in decreased civil-military harmony. ”In fact, an unintended consequence of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, which strengthened the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and forced jointness on an unwilling military, has been a strengthening of the military’s political power. The military has become a political constituency that must be addressed in the Washington power equation. Richard Kohn, a well-known commentator on contemporary civil-military relations, observes, “The professional military, with its allies and communities, has developed into a potent political force in American government. Knowledgeable people, particularly those who, in each administration, are charged with the direction of national security affairs, recognize this, even if they cannot, for political reasons, admit it openly.”

    (A Tale of Coup Cities – 9). Thanks for your support of the U.S. Constitution and for a free press that includes citizen journalists.

  3. Congratulations, Prof. Turley. Imagine what you could accomplish with this blog if you didn’t have to deal with that pesky problem of having to work for a living.

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