Happy New Year to all of our blog community from around the world. I get to celebrate both New Years and my anniversary on the 31st. Leslie and I eloped in Alexandria Virginia on New Year’s Eve in 1997. As has been our tradition, with the start of 2016, I thought I would share a few of our annual statistics and successes on the blog.

It has been another great year on the blog. Thanks to all of our regulars and particularly our our talented and popular weekend team of guest bloggers: Mike Appleton, Kimberly Dienes, Cara Gallagher, Larry Rafferty, and Darren Smith. We are closing in on 28 million views and we remained in the top legal blogs in the world. I can now give some figures on our last year.

In 2015, we had over 3.5 million hits. That is lower than 2014 but we ran fewer stories due to my litigation schedule. We have continued to grow internationally as well as the number of “regulars” rather than just visitors. Our top regular commentators for the year were:

1. Paul C. Schulte
2. Nick Spinelli
3. Inga
4. Karen S
5. Max

In addition to the United States, our two leading contributing countries were again Canada and Great Britain among 226 other countries. Our top ten countries outside of the United States were:

1. Canada
2. United Kingdom
3. Australia
4. Germany
5. France
6. India
7. Netherlands
8. European Union
9. Philippines
10. Sweden

The most popular post in 2015 was Report: Police Department In Massachusetts Gave Higher Points To Candidates Who Pledged Not To Arrest Fellow Officers For DUI

That blog was followed in popularity by the following (including one of Darren’s posts):

2. 10 Reasons The U.S. Is No Longer The Land Of The Free

3. Islamic Scholars Present An Open Letter To ISIS Leader Al Baghdadi (Darren Smith)

4. Why Is It Illegal To Feed The Homeless

5. Hell Exothermic or Endothermic?

We finished 2015 with over 600,000 comments — another increase from last year.

Thanks again everyone for making this site and 2015 such a great success!

Best wishes for the New Year!

Jonathan Turley

27 thoughts on “HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!”

  1. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year too. I so enjoy your blog and love your trips the most. I hope 2016 brings you health, success and many interesting travel opportunities. I’m on a fixed income and don’t have the desire to travel but thoroughly enjoy going along with you, albeit vicariously. You take wonderful pictures and write great copy about what you see, eat and experience. Keep it coming! I love it.

  2. Happy New Year from New Orleans, LA. I am on a trek. Soon to be in Ferguson to see my good friends and try to alleviate some of their bad feelings for being defamed by the media.

  3. “Top” regular commentators probably refers to the number of comments made which may be different from those being most insightful, rational, informed, humorous or other less quantifiable positive qualities.

  4. Happy Anniversay to you and Leslie, and a very Happy New Year to all. Thanks for a great and interesting blog.

  5. All the best for the new year.
    May you have peace, hope and happiness at Christmas and during the new year.
    Tanti auguri di pace, speranza e felicita’ per Natale e l’anno nuovo.

  6. Happy New Year to all. Thanks to JT for being so faithful in making interesting posts daily. Thanks to Cara for her insights into the Supreme Court. And a very special thanks to Darren. He is the unsung hero here, doing the behind the scenes work to keep this blog going, along w/ his weekend posts. I feel like I live in the State of Washington w/o having to pay those taxes! Although we pay healthy taxes here in Wisconsin.

  7. Happy New Year.

    Hey JT, I found a nice hiking trail to check out. It’s the Mach Loop Trail.

  8. Thanks for a “public” space,..you don’t have to bc it’s actually private. The fact and practice that you do.,..make it public….speaks volumes. You could hide behind laws or contracts…to curb speech. But you don’t. Sure i’ ve been deleted for cussing. But never for my point of view, only for foul language. You at at root…the reason for speech is persuasion. The reason for courts is mediated persuasion. Lest we resort to what humans eventually resort to. Ring in professor. 2016 will be good.

  9. Thank you JT and the weekend contributors for making the blog interesting and vibrant. There are a lot of people and a few dogs who spend time here each day.

    My Dogalogue Machine is getting some repairs done later today and myself and the dogpac may be off blog for a day or more. I am supposed to get a Dawg Paw Typing device so I can type in with my four paws and not need the Dogalogue Machine which in fact translates bark into human words on the print screen in English. Woof.

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