Because this month marked the 5-year mark for me of writing the Living Single blog, I have been thinking and writing about the experience. I wondered which posts attracted the most (and least) reader interest. So in this article, I’ll tell you what I found, in four sections:
Top 27 Posts Over the 5-Year Life of “Living Single”
What’s with the weird number 27? I decided to choose just those posts that attracted more than 10,000 page views. As always, the posts that have been around for a while have a better chance of making the list. The recent “Marriage and happiness: 18 long-term studies,” for example, has not yet reached the five-figure count, but it is on track to get there. The #1 post (on asexuals), by the way, ran away with the lead; none of the others even came close to it.
Off-Topic: Most Popular Posts about Lying and Detecting Lies
The Post that was the Biggest Loser
Far fewer than 1,000 people ever clicked on this post, making it the biggest loser by a lot!
Some Surprises, or, After All These Years, I Still Can’t Predict Which Posts Will Be the Most Popular
I always have a guess about how a post will do before I publish it. What continues to surprise me is how often I’m wrong, even after 5 years of doing this. What’s more, I’m wrong in both directions. For example, I did not expect big things from “Are Married People the True Victims of Singlism?” But it took off immediately, and even though it did not crack the top-27, it racked up thousands of page views, and several months later, it is still attracting readers.
On the other side of things are three guest posts I shared about a singles’ club that, at the time, had been ongoing for 39 years (here, here, and here). I loved that story – a group of singles that continued to meet for fun and food and the exchange of ideas and support (not for becoming unsingle) for decades. But readers disagreed. Relatively few people read that 3-part story. Also, some articles that I spent a great deal of time writing, because I thought the message was worth the time, also turned out to be duds. A recent example is “The crisis in squishy science and trouble for journalists.”
Thanks, everyone! It is a joy to have this community of readers, including both the silent ones and all those who have been creating lively discussions with the comments they have been posting for years. Thanks, also, to all the people who send me great links and other ideas for posts. I try to acknowledge everyone who gives me permission to do so, but if I ever fail to do so, just get in touch and I’ll correct that right away.