Friday, December 26, 2014

Top 5 Most Popular Posts of 2014

It's that time of year again, when I get to be mega lazy reflective about the past 12 months, poke through my statistics, and see which posts you, dear internet, liked best.  As a bonus, I'll even editorialize!
Shall we begin?  Excellent!
I give the following 4 posts honorable mentions, mostly because they were my personal favorites, but also because some of them were super close to making the top 5.
Honorable Mention #1: My Take on the Seasonal Debate
This one took all of 10 seconds, but the internet dug it, given the views it received.  There isn't a lot more to say about it other than I stand by my convictions: pumpkin spice lattes are gross, y'all.
Honorable Mention #2: Minimalist Hamster
 As the years have gone on, my drawings have become more and more elaborate and color-filled.  Sometimes I just get tired of being complicated. From that sentiment came the minimalist series of drawings. I love this didn't get an unusual number of views compared to the other drawings on this list, but honestly, I just like it.  For what it's worth, I'm a runner, but even I know that nobody cares about your running.  (I'm looking at you, Nike Plus status updaters.)
Honorable Mention #3: Pass the Puffy on the Left Hand Side
You guys.  I don't even like dolphins all that much, but my dolphin drawings inexplicably do better than 90% of my other blog posts.  I guess stoner dolphins are pretty funny, though.  Good job, nature.
Honorable mention #4: L'Amour! 
I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who liked this post.  Whatever.  Spring break trees are funny.   Even though this post was in, like, the bottom 5 for page views this year, I still love it.  Probably more than most of the other ones.  SPRING BREAK '98!
Okay, folks, now down to business:
The top 5 posts of 2014 in countdown order!
#5: The Loudest Person in the Conversation
I guess I've just...kind of had it with conspiracy theorists.   It's true that the one in a million conspiracy theory has come to prove itself, which is unfortunate, as it gives fodder to loonies to spout off anti-intellectual/anti-science garbage.  I get and agree that you should check sources and do investigation; I also think that your sources should be legitimate.  Also, a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g can be published on the internet, so don't believe everything you see.  If the veracity of something is ever questionable, good place to start is snopes.  They do their research and have LEGITIMATE links to back it up.
#4: Why Do Onions Make Us Cry?
Remember the beginning of 2014, when the internet exploded with annoying buzzfeed surveys?  It was as though we all had regressed to a collective junior high sleepover and just HAD to digitally complete a bevy of teen cosmo-esque surveys to *super scientifically * determine our bestcareerpastlifespiritanimals.  I didn't care about them until it seemed others were taking them a tad bit too seriously.  I get having personal crises about life goals/careers/directions, but there's a more reputable/scientific/helpful solution for that.  It's called therapy.  Apparently internetlandia agreed with me.  Thanks, internetlandia. :)

Not so much an artistic post inasmuch an artist's statement, "All About the Book 'All About Vaccines'" came in at #3 this year.  To be honest, a fair number of clicks on this post were probably mine as I re-read and edited this post many, MANY times to get the wording *just* right.  Writing, editing, and illustrating this book was by far my proudest achievement of 2014.  It was also an enormous pain in the keister, but I learned a LOT about self-publishing and editing in the process, and I am truly proud of the end product.  Writing the book also allowed me to appreciate just how perceptive, well-educated, and kind my many friends and editors truly are.  My hope is that "All About Vaccines" can serve as an educational tool for years to come. 

 P.S. In case anyone was concerned, I did remain true to my word and donated 10% of the royalties from "All About Vaccines" to UNICEF to help fund vaccination efforts.  Click on the link & you can donate, too!
The popularity of this one honestly surprised me.  The drawing/execution was far from my best, but I guess the message resonated enough to carry this post to the #2 spot regardless of the artwork.  I'll be the first to admit that this post came after some reflection/self shaming.  I realized that I was spending more time looking at lolcats than the world around me, which really is a shame, especially given the fact that I work on a lovely college campus with plenty of natural beauty to admire.  (Not that I don't still frequent icanhascheezburger an obscene amount...I just make a point of looking up at the sky more, too.)
I guess it's true what they say: if there's one thing the internet loves *almost* as much as kitties, it's grammar.  To be honest, grammar posts are some of my laziest ones.  They're mostly text, and I don't have to do a whole lot of research as grammar is kind of my day job. (I'm an ESOL teacher by trade.)  But hey, I'm all for education and grammar, so if the people like it and pass it along, awesome.
Thanks for another awesome year, all!  I really am truly flattered/humbled that there are so many of you clicking on/sharing my stuff.  It's nice to know that I'm not in a *total* vacuum in my little corner of the internet and I truly appreciate your support.

Here's to 2015!

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