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. (We disagree on the number for celebrating since I count the 8 years that we dated — making this our 27th. Leslie takes a more technical approach in counting only those years after our marriage). As has been our tradition, with the start of 2017, I thought I would share a few of our annual statistics and successes on the blog.
It has been another banner 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 31 million views and we remained in the top legal blogs in the world. I can now give some figures on our last year.
In 2016, we had over 3 million hits. Our top regular commentators for the last 1000 comments were:
1. Paul C. Schulte
3. Brooklin Bridge
4. Michael Aarethun
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:
2. United Kingdom
10. New Zealand
The most popular post in 2016 was The Clinton University Problem: Laureate Education Lawsuits Present Problem For Clintons [Updated]
That blog was followed in popularity by the following (including one of Darren’s posts):
We finished 2015 with over 650,000 comments.
Thanks again everyone for making this site and 2015 such a great success!
Best wishes for the New Year!