Ten Worst Posts of 2011

Yesterday, we listed the ten top posts, by hit count, for the last year. Since this is a time for both regrets and resolutions, it seems right to review the ten worst posts of last year. However, there is no “dislike” button on WordPress, and the posts that got a high amount of negative reviews nearly always got an equal amount of positive reviews, so we can only determine the worst posts of the year by hit count.

Essentially, these are the posts that few if any people read.

It was quite instructive to review the posts that got the fewest hits, as it revealed that there were four primary reasons why some posts did not take off. First, some of them contained broken links to photos and videos which were on the web for only a brief amount of time (these posts are not listed here–I just went ahead and deleted them). Second, some of them had titles that people simply could not relate to. This has always been one of my shortfalls. Third, some of them had content which interested me, but obviously interested no one else. Fourth, the posts that had the highest hit counts were nearly all longer posts with some original content, while the posts that had the lowest hit counts were nearly all shorter posts with little original content.

My New Year’s resolution as a blogger is to make sure that links work, give my posts better titles, post stories that are more likely to interest readers, and feature more original content.

Of course, the last three points are more easily said than done.

Here are the posts, in inverse order of popularity.


#1 Schumer Snubbed By Snooki

Related to the posts below about the genius of Chris Matthews when compared to Snooki, and Chuck Schumer’s inability to name the three branches of government, we now have this delightful video:

Good on her–she refused to lower herself and be seen with such a man.

(H/t Hot Air)


#2 Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job

Yes, this is what Obama’s own people have said:

The report was written by the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, a group of three economists who were all handpicked by Obama, and it chronicles the alleged success of the “stimulus” in adding or saving jobs. The council reports that, using “mainstream estimates of economic multipliers for the effects of fiscal stimulus” (which it describes as a “natural way to estimate the effects of” the legislation), the “stimulus” has added or saved just under 2.4 million jobs — whether private or public — at a cost (to date) of $666 billion. That’s a cost to taxpayers of $278,000 per job …



#3 Whistling in the Graveyard: Romney Thinks That a Palin Candidacy Would Ensure His Win

So saith Mike Allen at Politico:

Romneyworld strongly believes that if Palin gets in, he wins more easily. “The shock value would cause elected officials and party officials to rally around Mitt, because she’d scare the daylights out of them,” one official said. “And it would allow him to position himself very much in the middle of Republican, conservative thinking and avoid the fringe, and look more moderate for the general election.” Rep. Michele Bachmann would have the same effect, the adviser said. Either of them “gives Romney a bogeyman: ‘Stop this crazy woman.’” Another top Republican said he relishes …



#4 Unemployment 9% In October

From Bloomberg:

U.S. employment climbed in October at the slowest pace in four months, illustrating the “frustratingly slow” progress cited by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke this week.
The 80,000 increase in payrolls was less than forecast and followed gains in the prior two months that were revised up by 102,000, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The unemployment rate fell to a six-month low of 9 percent from 9.1 percent even as the labor force expanded.
The crisis in Europe and looming deadline on U.S. budget talks …

Unemployment rates, Clinton through Obama



#5 Romney and Obama in a Dead Heat

Romney, Obama dead heat(H/t Powerline)


#6 “Fiscal Child Abuse”

This is yet another entry in the Power Line competition, a video called “Fiscal Child Abuse”. Unlike the winner of the competition, it is actually pretty good. It has out-takes at the end, if you are partial to cute little kids.


#7 “You’re Gonna Pay!”

This is yet another entry in the Power Line competition, “You’re Gonna Pay,” by Wilson Getchel. I think it is the best so far.

Proof that even punk rockers are worried about the national debt.


#8 The New Miracle Drug Made in Washington, DC: Spenditol

Yes, get Spenditol today! It pushes off all the really bad stuff until later, for our children to deal with. What’s not to like about that?

(H/t Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion)


#9 Obama Hawks KFC Fish Filet™ On Chinese TV (Not!)

I hadn’t seen this commercial until now, but it doesn’t surprise me.

No, that is not Obama selling KFC Fish Filet™ sandwiches–it is an impostor. You never can tell, though: for a long time the real Bill Clinton was on Chinese TV selling baijiu (Chinese paint thinner–people drink it at banquets, pretending to enjoy it). Sadly, the KFC ad has been withdrawn because of complaints. Was it that Obama was crushed by a giant sandwich to the cheers of the crowd? Or, that the Fish Filet™ does not use the Original Recipe after all?

The editor in me finds it odd that “filet” is spelled with one “l” and not two. I had to look it up. Turns out that “filet” is the French–and not the English–spelling. My dictionary says that people use “filet” instead of “fillet” when they want to be snooty … or when they can’t spell.

(H/t Althouse)


#10 “The Spending Is Nuts”

This is the winner of the Power Line competition, “The Spending Is Nuts” by Justin Folk:

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3 Responses to Ten Worst Posts of 2011

  1. Freedom, by the way says:

    Just so THIS post doesn’t end up on your bottom list for 2012, I’m commenting! LOL! Sometimes we just miss the mark by no fault of our own. Bad timing, a lot of times. Actually, most of these aren’t bad and I’m sorry I missed them the first time around. As far as headlines go, play around with Google adwords https://adwords.google.com/o/Targeting/Explorer?__c=1000000000&__u=1000000000&ideaRequestType=KEYWORD_IDEAS#search.none
    I don’t use it every time I post, but I do use it frequently. It’s one gauge to how people are searching the web and may help with some key words for your headlines.

  2. rightbill says:

    Love it… These must have been up before I found you..

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