2008 was a weird year for Attytood (I'm referring to the blog, not to myself). Overall traffic was probably down -- not so much because of what I did or didn't write but because three years worth of archives vanished into cyber-nothingness when Philly.com switched the blogging platform. The new platform also meant a new commenting system which, overall, was probably an improvement -- requiring registration meant that some of the worst dreck was eliminated and there was spirited debate among a small group of "regulars," but it also limited posts from newcomers, especially folks outside of Philadelphia who came here from national blogs and (understandably) didn't want to go through the registration hassle to post just one comment. Plus my lengthy summer "book vacation" and a new Sunday-to-Thursday night schedule (occasionally swapped for Friday nights) made for erratic posting at weird times-- which was not really a plus when it comes to building readership.
The good news was that several individual posts from 2008 did manage to have an impact, despite all of that. Here's five posts that mattered, one way or the other:
5. Exclusive: Hillary acknowledges a "misstatement" on Bosnia, March 25, 2008
4. An open letter to Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, April 17, 2008
3. Palin's speech to nowhere, Sept. 4, 2008.
1. The myth of Ronald Reagan: Coming to your bookstore in 2009, July 2, 2009
Unless something is done to correct the myth.
This wasn't the most monumental post for readers in 2008, but it was for the blogger. Hopefully it will affect you sometime next year.