So a few days ago, on Facebook, I asked a question of my friends: “What’s the best thing you’ve ever written on your blog? Post a link here!”
The question was deliberately ambiguous, leaving room for people to wonder if I meant for them to share their most-popular post, the post they had the most fun writing, the post they believed was most “important” on some weighty issue, the most skillful prose they’d ever penned, or some other criteria. So the answers, of course, are a mixed bag of possibilities and I think the choices say something about the personalities behind the keyboards. That’s kind of cool.
In fact, the answers were so darn good and so illuminating that I felt kind of stupid that I’d never asked the question before. What an amazing group of talented writers my blog-friends are! On the downside, it kind of killed me to know that all this great stuff could vanish into the Fb fog next week, so – well, I’m putting the answers here as a historical reference.
Just so you know, I stripped away all the real-life names for everyone who isn’t 100% name-transparent on their blogs, because I’m like that, and I also fiddled with punctuation and such because I’m like that.
Ready? Here we go!
Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat — Dum Vivimus, Vivamus!
Tracy Hughes of Trigger Therapy — I don’t have many but I think this is the most popular: The Lecture
Rob Reed of Michigan Firearms Examiner — I don’t know if this is the absolute best, but I am pretty proud of it: Advice to new concealed carry permit holders
Andrew Rothman on LiveJournal — Ask about guns? Sure, but ask about the other 99% of dangers, too
skwrn2008 of Nursing for Jesus - I Need a Miracle
Midwest Patriot — After posting the “rant” on FB, and many kudos given, I started to blog. (I NEED to get back to it, but I tend to get caught up in the writing and forget to sleep, and such): The Least I Could Do
Annette Evans of Beauty Behind the Blast — Shoot Your Own Match
Miguel of Gun Free Zone — On a failure of mindset, graphic content but life is not a Disney Movie: And then everything failed (NSFW, VERY VIOLENT & GRAPHIC)
Caleb Giddings of Gun Nuts Media — This is my most favorite thing. I don’t know if it’s the best, but I really enjoyed writing it. You are not an operator
The Scribbler of Scribbler’s Scrawls — Probably this Lesson Time
Near the Salty City — I would have to choose this one, back when I was still blogging: Veterans Day
Cathi Bray — One of my early posts: Ladies, You Are In Good Company!
Liston Matthews of Good Hill Press — My most popular of all time: Ruger to introduce new .22 Magnum pistol?
A Girl and Her Gun — You Have Worth
Exurban Kevin of Misfires and Light Strikes – Most popular: A beginner’s guide to choosing defensive and practice 9mm ammunition and my fav: How bad is the ammo drought?
John Richardson of No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money – This has been my all time most popular post. It shows the growth of shall issue concealed carry over time. It is not updated to show Illinois or California post-Peruta. Still, it was put in the first 2nd Amendment Legal Casebook. Every Picture Tells A Story
Mad Saint Jack of the Black Sunday Society – Parody song. It’s good to have another song
Total Survivalist Libertarian Bitch Fest – This is 2 years old. I wrote it after the gun bloggers led a counter protest on the candlelight vigil. I feel sorry for the anti-gun crowd.
Barron B of The Minuteman – I’ll take my Open Letter to Joan: An Open Response to Joan Peterson
Tamara of View From the Porch – Truthfully? My favorite thing I’ve ever written on my blog is this: Anus niveus, stupor mundi… but if we’re talking informative gun-related type posts, this is the one that has received the most traffic over the years: Big Boy Rules
Tom McHale of My Gun Culture — My favorite (the one I had the most fun writing) was A Second Amendment Fairy Tale: A Second Amendment Fairy Tale…
pdb – In terms of relevant longevity and lasting effect, hands down it’s this one. I wish some of the positive experiences I’ve had with excellent trainers got 1/10th the attention, but I’d like to think that I raised the general clue level a hair. American Defense Enterprises: Epic Facepalm In 3 Parts
Rob Morse of Gun Rights Examiner — Your Rights Stop Here
Jay G. of MArooned – I think this is one of my favorites: Is Freedom. Is Not Safe.
Mike W. of Another Gun Blog – My Thoughts on The Mike Vanderboegh Hooplah
James Shaw of An Englishman Abroad – Guns, Conceal Carry and Nail Polish
Marko Kloos of The Munchkin Wrangler – Turns out my most popular blog post was something guest-written by some retired USMC Major.
(In his Fb comment, Marko did not link his wonderful essay, but I will because it is a favorite of mine: Why the Gun is Civilization. And here’s the backstory for Marko’s sardonic quip about the Major: On Plagiarism. Forwarding stuff without attribution is bad, mkay?)
God, Gals, Guns, Grub – I wouldn’t say my blog posts are any better than others, but here are two with small bits of info that are important and often overlooked: Do you Practice Like You Carry, and Teaching Our Kids to Shoot. Start’em young and they won’t have the fears to overcome when they’re adults.
Tammy Cravit of Mom With a Gun — Women, Rape, Guns and More of My Story