The Five Most Popular of Five Hundred Posts

"Alaska's Revenge"
I felt I needed to write something special to celebrate the five hundredth blog post on Peter's Publisher. I assume it's going to be a long time until I write the next five hundred posts—several years, I'm sure—and that's assuming that I continue writing on this blog. In lieu of finding a topic special enough, though, I've decided to celebrate the blog itself by pointing to my five most popular posts from my five years and five months of blogging here.

These are my most popular blogposts of all time, by page views:

5. "Alaska's Revenge" (27 November 2011)—1266 views

This post is one of my favorites—a simple cartographic satire of how Alaska is often treated in maps of the United States. It benefitted most in terms of views from being featured on the blog Strange Maps. At least, the image of my creation was featured on Strange Maps, and I left a comment directing readers to my blog for further explanation.

Daenerys as "white savior"
4. "Daenerys Targaryen as White Savior: Historical Prejudices in Game of Thrones" (10 June 2013)—1443 views

This is the most recently written post in my top five most popular. I published it only a day or two after the season three finale aired, and that by and large accounts for the large number of page views, along with my relevant topic of commentary. As I continue reading George R. R. Martin's books, and once Game of Thrones season four begins next spring, I'm sure I'll have more to write about this franchise.

misleading maps
3. "Maps That Infuriate Me: European Claims to North America" (3 April 2012)—1919 views

While I wish it wasn't the case, there's only one reason this post has so many views—images. I placed Google's top image results for "European claims to North America" in my post, which led to many of those image searches to my blog. It wasn't really my intention to leech traffic from images created by others, but perhaps the image searches have led at least a few people to read my commentary about territorial realities in the history of North America.

the iron man at his post
2. "Le Nom « Place de l'Homme de Fer » à Strasbourg : Le mystère résolu" (24 November 2011)—4546 views

This post is the only one of my five most popular written while I was in France. I intended it to answer a question that I had asked myself: Why is la Place de l'Homme de Fer (Iron Man Square) in Strasbourg named that? I could hardly find an answer online, but when I did, I passed it on, and I guess a large number of other people have been asking the same question. (In the end, the answer is surprisingly simple: There's a small armored statue that stands in front of one of the buildings on the square.)

1. "Les Personnages et l'identité dans L'Aventure ambiguë" (13 March 2012)—4788 views

This was an essay I wrote for an assignment from a French class in college. I posted it to the Publisher on a whim, and monstrous success followed—relative, at least, to all the other posts on my blog. Even though I think the essay was sub-par work, I've received tons of visits from various African countries, presumably because many students there are assigned to read the same book that I was—L'Aventure ambiguë.

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That's blogging for you: It's interesting, it's surprising, and it helps you make connections with others that you never knew you could. Even if they don't think it's that funny, people around the world have read my explanation of the image I made dubbed "Alaska's Revenge" by Frank Jacobs. Even if they didn't find it that useful, thousands of Africans have found my blog while trying to do their school work.

I know blogging is the butt of many jokes, and it often seems unimportant. Nevertheless, blogging is a powerful way for anyone to share their writing almost anywhere. After over five years being a blogger—and five hundred posts here—a blogger I will stay.

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