The people have spoken and the results are in. No, not in the presidential election. This morning, we hit 30,000,000 views. It is fitting to hit this milestone on election day. We have strived to offer something unique among blogs as a place for civil but passionate discussion of legal and policy issues (and a few wacky stories thrown in). We continue to rank in the top legal blogs in the world and we are continuing to see a growing international readership. We often use these milestones to look at the current profile of the blog and its supporters around the world.
As always, I want to offer special thanks for our weekend contributors: Mike Appleton, Larry Rafferty, Darren Smith, Kimberly Dienes, and Cara Gallagher. I particularly want to thank Darren who has continued to help manage the blog and help out folks who encounter posting problems.
So here is our current profile:
In the last full month, our ten biggest international sources for readers (after the United States) have been:
Welcome to all of our new readers from those countries. I have always found our foreign commentators particularly valuable in giving us an insight from beyond our borders — and domestic media coverage.
The top ten posted in terms of readership in the last 30 days:
1. The Murder of Professor Dan Markel: Confession of Contract Killer Raises Questions Over Role of Wendi Adelson
2. New Disclosures in Murder Of FSU Professor Dan Markel Raise New Questions About Adelson Family More stats
3. Comey Sends Letter To Congress Citing New Evidence (and An Investigation) In The Clinton Email Scandal [UPDATED]
4. Smithsonian Insists That Clarence Thomas Simply Did Not Make The Cut Of Great African Americans At The Opening Of The African American Museum . . . While Anita Hill Did
5. Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson Names Top Pick For The Supreme Court . . .
6. Twenty-Five Years Later, Tawana Brawley Tracked Down In Virginia And Hit With Roughly $500,000 Bill
7. Conservative Filmmaker James O’Keefe Suspended By Twitter
8. CNN: It Is Illegal For Voters To Possess Wikileaks Material
9. Reid Alleges That Comey May Have Violated Federal Law In Disclosure To Congress
10. “They Wanted To Get Away With It”: Newly Released Emails Show Rising Alarm Over Clinton Aides Withholding Information On Email Scandal
The most frequent commentators in the last 1000 comments were:
Squeeky Fromm, Girl Reporter
Thank you to all of our regular commentators. We remain an extraordinarily broad and diverse body of commenters from different parts of the world and different political and social backgrounds. Thanks again.
We are currently around 22,000 followers on Twitter. It actually puts us at near the top of legal commentator twitter accounts.
Thanks again to those who try to keep our discussions passionate but civil. We obviously have relapses into personal attacks, particularly during this poisonous political season. However, for those who refuse to succumb to childish name calling and juvenile digs, our success remains largely to your efforts. We have had a lot of trolls and hacks targeting the blog, particularly from the respective two political extremes in this election. They have been unsuccessful in harassing and obstructing the discussion for the most part. What remains is worth the effort. There remains a core of people in this country that want to speak objectively about the problems in our country — both legal and political. Some have found their way to this blog and I hope more will join them. We hope that this forum can remain a pluralistic and open forum for mature people to engage in mature discussions. Such discussions have never been more important.
Thanks again everyone and congratulations on the latest milestone.