When a blogger reviews his or her web analytics data to write a "most popular posts of the year" post, there are at least a couple options to consider. The blogger can enter the relevant dates and then list the top 10 posts in terms of pageviews. This is what I did for my year-end posts in 2012 and 2013. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but it does mean that much of one's top 10 list (nearly 70% for me in 2013) may contain posts that were written prior to the year of interest. A second option is to restrict one's list to posts written during the year in question. This is what I did for my year-end post last year.
Both of these options are viable, but they answer different questions. If one is interested in seeing which posts were most widely read in a year regardless of when they were written, one should go with the first option. If one is more interested in which posts written during the year were most popular, one should go with the second option. I think the second approach is more relevant for this sort of year-end post, and so I opted for it again this year.
Without further ado, here are the 10 most viewed posts at Atheist Revolution written during 2015:
- What Does Secular Mean?
- Jesus and Charles Manson
- How Will Atheists Treat Christians in the Future?
- Social Justice Warrior: A Brief Definition
- Cultural Libertarians
- 'Listen and Believe' is Not Consistent With Freethought or Skepticism
- Why is Free Speech So Important?
- Twitter Tips: Using Followerwonk to Know When to Tweet
- Criticizing Islam vs. Anti-Muslim Bigotry
- Counterproductive Atheist Memes: Not Enough Lions