We just hit another milestone this weekend with over 35,000,000 views. We are also recently closing in on 60,000 followers on Twitter. We like to call the site the “little engine that could” among blogs with our growing collection of people from around the world. Despite a few contributors who insist on personal characterizations and attacks, this site strives to be a place for civil but passionate discourse on legal and policy issues of our time (and perhaps a few wacky stories).
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 to Darren Smith who continues help up with periodic technical problems and our many regular commentators and readers. We try to keep this blog as an open forum with as little interference or monitoring of the comments as possible. Given our free speech orientation, we try not to delete comments and, for that reason, we are deeply appreciative of how most people avoid personal or offensive comments in debating these issues. Obviously, our open forum allows trolls and others to spew comments that are at times offensive and obnoxious but we continue to believe that civil and balanced comments will prevail. Thank you for voluntarily assuming restraint over the tenor and content of your comments.
So here is our current profile:
In the last 90 days, our ten biggest international sources for readers (after the United States) have been:
Welcome to all of our new readers from those countries, particularly the sharp increase this year from regulars from Asia as well as Mexico. 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 90 days:
1. Prosecutors Admit That They Wrongly Alleged Russian Woman Was Trading Sex For Access [Updated]
2. Bar Complaint Filed Against Counsel For Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
3. New Details Raise Serious Doubts Over The Credibility Of The Ford Polygraph
4. Ex-Nobel Secretary Admits Obama’s Prize Was A Mistake
5. MSNBC Analyst: Trump Will Resign In Two Weeks
6. L.A. Prosecutor Arrested After Crashing Car and Then Drinking As He Waited For Police
8. Survey: BBC and FOX Are Most Trusted TV News Brands In U.S.
9. Liberty University President Calls For Trump Critics To Be Arrested
10. Reasonable Doubt Or Per Se Defamation? Republicans Throw Chris Garrett Into The Fray [UPDATED]
The most frequent commentators were:
Paul C. Schulte
Tabarrok to the Pillory
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.
Thanks again to those who try to keep our discussions passionate but civil. We obviously have relapses into personal attacks, particularly during these heated political times. However, I am impressed how most people are able to transcend disagreements to avoid making our differences personal or offensive. 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. Now on to 36,000,000!