THE MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2017

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!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

17 thoughts on “THE MOST POPULAR POSTS OF 2017”

    1. Thanks. Using the statistics to pick “the winners” isn’t the best was to do it. I have favorites that were NOT popular with anyone except me and what I think is my best work never seems to generate a lot of enthusiasm elsewhere. If I ever can take the time to go through all those posts … and there are SO many posts … I’ll try and pick out the ones I like best. Until then, I let it go through the stats. I’m getting lazier about this.

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  1. “Now” was a slightly reworked piece from when Chicago put out their most recent album. I am always amazed when something is more popular the second time around.
    “Fly the W” was actually posted when the Cubs were in the playoffs in 2016. The flag tradition is ongoing here for many decades. Yet, it is a surprise when things pick up steam long after they are posted.
    For your “Inherit the Wind” article, I may point out, if I did not do so at the time, that I had always believed this to be Spencer Tracey’s finest performance. The movie did not stray much from the play on which it is based and featured strong performances,
    Since my desktop is dead without hope, I am forced to move forward with my tablet. It runs Windows 8 and has a detachable keyboard, so it is workable until there comes a time when I can get another computer.

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    1. Lucky you have a tablet with a keyboard. I need a keyboard. I totally can’t work on a virtual image keyboard. We’ve got a local guy who can build you a computer very cheaply. I bet if you check around you’ve got “a guy” somewhere nearby too. Usually, it’s a couple of hundred dollars or less. He also fixes the dead ones.

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          1. My guy was back to try again when I told him it didn’t work. He still has no luck and ordered an internet card from ebay for 9 bucks. I am thinking we could have gotten some hot dogs with that 9 dollars.

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            1. I have a guy who fixes this stuff. I gather you don’t have a separate external hard drive on which you back up your photos and other personal stuff? Maybe this is a good time to reconsider your backup options. Ever since I lost ALL my photographs in one horrendous virus attack, I have been serious about backups. I always have at least two that contain my documents and my photographs. Applications you can always re-download or reinstall, but personal stuff — photos and documents — you can’t restore without backups. We all learn this lesson the hard way. That’s why i don’t have any pictures from before 2005. I lost it all on ONE hard drive.

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