2021 has been a far more enjoyable year than 2020, although 2020 wasn’t nearly as apocalyptic in retrospect as it seemed at the time. Regardless, I’ve written a lot of stuff over the past three years. A great deal of it, whether good or bad, hasn’t been read by many people (with some notable exceptions).
2021 was the year that I stopped having posts with single-digit (or even just single!) views, but I know I’ve got some that flew under the radar—and probably for the better!
But we’ll look back at those posts tomorrow. Today, it’s time for the fifty-five (!) posts of “The Worst of 2020“:
In the spirit of last year’s “The Worst of 2019,” I’m dedicating today’s post to looking back at the posts with the least views in 2020 (and maybe you could do me a solid and turn off your ad-blocker while reading through these neglected posts).
However, there’s a bit of a wrinkle—in 2019, I just featured posts that had only one view. The problem: I didn’t have any posts with a single view this year! That’s a good problem to have, but it presents a bit of a conundrum.
I do, however, have a TON of posts with four views, which is my new minimum threshold. So, for your enjoyment, here are the worst posts (in terms of pageviews) for 2020 (as of 23 December 2020):
2.) “Lazy Sunday III: Historical Moments” – This one is one of the early Lazy Sundays, so I’m not surprised it’s not fallen from the heights of glory. Or maybe people hate history.
3.) “Lazy Sunday LXVIII: Phone it in Fridays, Part II” – Talk about the ultimate in lazy in-phoning—a Lazy Sunday dedicated to various Phone it in Fridays, and this one is a lame sequel at that!
4.) “TBT: Election Day 2018” – Not any people in 2020 were interested in reading about an election from 2018.
5.) “TBT: Remembering 1519” – The Aztecs were horrible, so much so that no one cares to think about it too much.
6.) “TBT: High-Tech Agrarianism” – This essay was legitimately good, which is why I did a TBT to it within the same calendar year. Apparently, readers disagreed.
7.) “Catching Up” – It’s little wonder this post did poorly: it’s basically me making excuses for why I wasn’t writing something good that day.
8.) “A Very Dokken Christmas, Part II: Tooth and Nail” – This post goes back to December 2018, so it makes sense it’s fallen down the memory hole in 2020. Still, it’s a good album!
9.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Festival Circuit: Ridge Spring Harvest Festival and Clinton Scots & Brats” – Again, the cheapskates are missing out on some quality content here. Who doesn’t want to read about western South Carolina harvest festivals?
10.) “Lazy Sunday XCVI: Questions, Part V” – Another lazy premise: the fifth part in a tired series of Lazy Sundays looking at posts that ask question in their titles.
11.) “Memorable Monday IV: Happy Labor Day !” – It seems this Labor Day wasn’t all that memorable after all.
12.) “Halloween Week!” – Considering I wrote this post in 2019, I’m only mildly disappointed that it didn’t do better in 2020, but Halloween deserves the best!
13.) “SubscribeStar Saturday Delayed: Family Birthday” – Another post giving a lame excuse for why I wouldn’t be posting that day’s SubscribeStar Saturday on time.
14.) “Americans Oppose Illegal Immigration” – I guess not as much as I thought—that, or the observation is so obvious, no one needed to read the post.
15.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: 9-11” – May we never forget. And yet, for readers of this blog, it seems we have (that was actually the thesis of the post!).
16.) “America’s Roman Roots” – Perhaps the parallels between the United States and Rome are too unsettling to contemplate.
17.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: River and Stone” – A post about Roger Stones’s pardon—and floating down the Saluda River in a tube.
18.) “Breaking: Biden Picks Harris as Running Mate” – The beginning of Kamala’s thousand-year reign.
19.) “TBT: Lazy Sunday XXIV: Education” – Looking back at posts about education on a Thursday afternoon is not going to fill the seats.
20.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Returning to School in The Age of The Virus” – My reflections on going back to school after a summer of fun.
21.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Reflections on Distance Learning: First Month Review” – My reflections on teaching online during the Quarantine Spring.
22.) “Saturday Reading: Communist Infiltration is Real” – An older post, one that was a shocking revelation at the time I wrote it, but now is just an assumed fact.
23.) “Lazy Sunday LV: Animals” – I like animals. My readers, it seems, do not.
24.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Social Peace Requires Social Capital” – This might be a 2019 post (I’m too lazy to check again—I have to write a lot of these little summaries), but it’s a really good essay. Please read it.
25.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Distance Learning Reflections, Week One Review” – These posts about distance learning didn’t really catch on, did they?
26.) “TBT: Nehemiah and National Renewal” – A throwback to a really excellent post—one of the more popular ones on the site.
27.) “The Joy of Hymnals” – One of my favorite posts, which I believe I wrote in 2019, or earlier this year. It deserves to be read!
28.) “Lazy Sunday XXXI: Trump, Part II” – Some posts about GEOTUS.
29.) “TBT: Transformers 2: Conservatives in Disguise?” – A throwback to a very old post I wrote in 2009.
30.) “Another Monday Morning Appeal” – A sales pitch. It didn’t work.
31.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Hammer Films” – I love the old horror movies of Hammer Films. You’d like them, too, if you read this post!
32.) “Reblog: Quintus Curtius, ‘On Living Near the Ocean’” – This essay from Quintus Curtius was really good. I think my commentary on his essay is solid, too.
33.) “Portly Movie Review: Teacher (2019)” – One of my earliest movie reviews. I dropped the “Portly” from the title of future film reviews, but it has a nice ring to it.
34.) “TBT: Conservatives and Country Music” – Another throwback from the old 2009 site.
35.) “TBT: End the Income Tax” – From my keyboard to God’s web browser.
36.) “Happy Labor Day 2019!” – Labor Day is not a good day for pageviews.
37.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Coronavirus Prepping” – Most of this advice could be adapted for The Boogaloo.
38.) “Lazy Sunday LI: Just for Fun” – Sounds fun to me.
39.) “SubscribeStar Saturday: Liberty and Safety” – Why do we trade liberty for the illusion of safety?
40.) “Lazy Sunday XXII: Reading” – I love to read. Read my thoughts about reading.
41.) “Lazy Sunday XX: The Laziest Sunday” – I thought reaching twenty Lazy Sundays was a big deal.
42.) “Teachers Quitting in Record Numbers – Reflections on Education” – Teachers are quitting in record numbers, and no one seems to care.
43.) “Deluge” – My old apartment flooded. Thank goodness I don’t live there anymore!
44.) “North Korea Reflections” – It looks like Kim Jong Un never made it over here for a visit, but notice how no one talks about North Korea these days? Thank you, Trump!
45.) “TBT: Rustics Have Opinions, Too” – Yet another post from the old Blogspot page.
46.) “#MAGAWeek2019: Alexander Hamilton” – Perhaps Hamilton fever has broken.
47.) “The Impermanence of Knowledge and Culture: The Great Library and Notre Dame” – Just like the Great Library and Notre Dame, this post is a prime example of impermanence.
48.) “First They Came for Crowder” – Now everyone is getting cancelled, and Crowder seems annoying and compromised.
49.) “The Left’s Cluelessness on Gun Control” – Again, another post with a premise so obvious, no one needed to read it.
50.) “Deportemal” – Still a good prescription for America.
51.) “The State of the Right, Part II: Dissident Right and Civic Nationalists” – Another one y’all need to read!
52.) “TBT: Family Matters” – A throwback from the Blogspot site during its revival in 2016. One of my best essays.
53.) “Bland and Gay” – Remember Pete Buttigieg? Neither do I.
54.) “They Live Analysis and Review” – You really should see They Live. John Carpenter is a legend!
55.) “Lazy Sunday XLI: Food” – C’mon, people. Who doesn’t want to read about food?
Shew! That took a long time to compile that list. Make my effort worth it and give these forgotten posts some love.