The most viewed stories of 2012 on this site? You’d be surprised.
(Speaking of surprises, I have one or two of my own. I’ll get to them in a minute.)
But first, the list:
1. Is this a scam? “US Airlines” is offering me two roundtrip airline tickets
Why I’m surprised: People are still falling for this nonsense? Yes, they are. And this one, too.
Why I’m surprised: I should never have had to write this story, which is a follow-up post to one of my Washington Post investigations. I hope I never have to write about it again.
Why I’m surprised: I thought no one liked my TSA rants.
Why I’m surprised: Again, I thought you hated these posts.
Why I’m surprised: Do I need to start including the number “5” in every headline now?
Why I’m surprised: On second thought, maybe it should be a “3”?
Why I’m surprised: Seriously? The TSA, again?
Why I’m surprised: This one actually didn’t surprise me. The headline should have said in the pool, though.
Why I’m surprised: Can’t they get their act together?
Why I’m surprised: That was quite a debate. Word of the day: breastapo.
I assumed that some of the more researched articles that I post to this site would have done well in 2012. But it was one-offs and rants that stole the show, and any headline with a number. I’ll try to remember that as I plan my editorial schedule for next year.
Even more surprises
If you’ve made it this far in the story, here’s the other surprise you were waiting for. There are several.
First, an apology to my regular readers. I’ve been in a dark mood since they canceled my Frommers column. I spent the last five weeks in “angry Christopher” mode, but those of you who know me also know that’s not who I normally am. I’m actually relatively mild-mannered.
I hope I haven’t offended too many of you. It wasn’t my intention.
You’re going to see a new look on this site starting today. We’ve been migrating to a new server and a new theme which will allow you to access to content on this site faster, and from any device. Also, I’m splitting my newsletter into two issues starting next week, if the server gods allow. The first, Elliott’s E-Mail, will continue to come to you every Tuesday morning. I’m moving all of the Away is Home content to a different newsletter, which will broadcast over the weekend.