These are not necessarily my favorite posts, though a few are. These are posts that got a lot of hits — and are not reblogs. I also — with one exception — didn’t include photo-only posts. It was too much like comparing pineapples to raspberries.
DESCENDING FROM THE GOLDEN HORDE – B+ AND ME – MARILYN ARMSTRONG – Hanging around since 2013, suddenly, in 2017, it took off. No idea why.
THE 7-DAY BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE- DAY 7 – I haven’t included any other photo blogs, but this one took me by surprise. It is the most popular single picture I’ve ever posted.
NATIONAL ASSHOLE AWARENESS DAY – A multi-year winner because everyone knows a few assholes. I didn’t write this. I created a better insignia and cleaned it up, but I have no idea who really wrote it. It’s one of those things that goes around.
WHERE DO THE SWANS GO? – MARILYN ARMSTRONG – I wrote this in May 2012. Apparently a lot of people wonder where the swans go. The answer is, nowhere. They shiver and sometimes, freeze.
DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID – THE JONESTOWN MASSACRE – MARILYN ARMSTRONG – Written in 2012, rewritten each year since, usually on the anniversary of the event (November 18). it’s still worth a read. This is one of the few posts I’ve written which maybe deserves the attention. If I added the numbers for all its versions of publication, this one is probably the most popular post of all time for Serendipity.
INHERIT THE WIND AND THE SCOPES TRIAL – MARILYN ARMSTRONG – I wrote this in 2012. No one paid any attention to it. THIS year, because our political landscape has so altered, it got suddenly popular. It’s not about my writing. It is about Spencer Tracey’s amazing performance with a script largely based on the actual Scopes Trial. If you have never seen the movie — the original with Spencer Tracey — see it. It occurred more than 100 years ago and it might as well be right now.
WE WERE ALL SUCH GOOD FRIENDS – GARRY ARMSTRONG
REMEMBERING MOM ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY – GARRY ARMSTRONG
TIME TRAVEL, PARALLEL UNIVERSES & THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT – ELLIN CURLEY
A VERY HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, AUNT HELEN! BY TOM CURLEY
PORN POWER – TOM CURLEY – How pornography has pushed technology.
CHICAGO “NOW” BY RICH PASCHALL
NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT GUN CONTROL … REALLY!? – BY TOM CURLEY
BASEBALL: INTERVIEW WITH LYNN NOVICK – SEPTEMBER 1998 – I wrote it in 1998 and it was published in a very short-lived magazine on Martha’s Vineyard. I was digging through my old stories from before blogging and thought, “Hey, that was pretty good. Why don’t I publish it?” So I did.
TOO EARLY TO BE DRINKING? – GARRY ARMSTRONG
FLY THE W – RICH PASCHALL
A FACE-TIME FUNERAL – BY ELLIN CURLEY
YOU’RE NOT A MAN, YOU’RE A CHICKEN BOO – BY TOM CURLEY
WE NEED TO RUN A LEVEL FIVE DIAGNOSTIC! – BY TOM CURLEY
MEDICARE TO SENIORS: WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE?- MARILYN ARMSTRONG – You’d think this would be very old news by now, wouldn’t you? This is the third year this post has been in the top 25. It shouldn’t be evergreen, but it is.
YESTERDAY IS ANOTHER COUNTRY – GARRY ARMSTRONG
THE KILLING FIELDS OF EASTON – BY TOM CURLEY
THE LONGEST RUNNING TV SHOW – MARILYN ARMSTRONG
IF IMITATION IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY – MARILYN ARMSTRONG
WHAT EMPOWERS YOU? – MARILYN ARMSTRONG
I picked 25 posts. Some of the posts were a redo of others, so I picked one of several. Posts are not listed by their statistics. All were all popular. A few posts that don’t show here were re-blogs that did extremely well, but since none of us wrote them, they aren’t included. Also, photo posts — with one exception — are not listed. They are a different class and deserve their own place.
A lot of posts had very similar numbers, just three or four views separating them. To me, that meant they were all popular. I could easily have included another 25, but I got tired of cutting and pasting and it’s New Year’s Eve.
A big hand for Serendipity’s whole crew! We broke all our records this year. It’s the best year to date as we enter year number six. We are up by almost 60,000 views from 2016 and more than 150 views per day. The credit belongs us all — and you. Everyone who comes to read and comment, the folks who give me great ideas about what to write. Ideas that make me think and grow.
You are my friends. I listen to you, share your words, read your work. Truly, all of you have made my life so much better!