’s Top Posts For 2012


I’ve never really done an end-of-the-year, “top stories” post before I thought it might be fun to put one together for 2012.

There are two ways, I think, to measure the popularity of a given post on the blog. First, we can measure the number of comments a given post gets. Obviously, posts that inspire the most discussion are “popular,” at least among SAB’s commenting community.

But the truth is that the commenting community here on the blog is only a sliver of overall readership. So, the second way to measure a post’s popularity is the number of views that post got.

I couldn’t decide which way was better, and both are interesting lists (at least for me, and maybe for you too), so here are both:

Most Commented Posts On SAB For 2012

There were an average of 726 comments per day posted on SAB in 2012 (not counting spam comments). Here are the top five posts, excluding open threads:

1. $15 Trillion Later, What Has The War On Poverty Accomplished?, 406 comments

2. Black Gangs Profile, Attack White Teen Student, 393 comments

3. Why Would Proponents Of Limited Government Be Happy About North Carolina Banning Gay Marriage?, 389 comments

4. Will Obama Stand Up For American Free Speech?, 382 comments

5. Romney Picks Paul Ryan For His Running Mate, 362 comments

Most Visited Posts On SAB For 2012

I actually think this measure is the better of the two. While a given post may spark a lot of comments from the minority of SAB readers who comment on the stories, the number of people who read a given post is much more indicative of its popularity. A few of these posts really didn’t get many comments at all, but they sure got a lot of traffic.

I’m actually surprised that a North Dakota post made the top five, and was in fact the most trafficked post on the blog in 2012. The blog has a big North Dakota audience, but there is a much larger audience on the internet for national stories, so those posts are more likely to get picked up widely on social media and/or linked from other high-traffic websites.

Anyway, here’s the list:

1. North Dakota Democrats Mock Female Republican’s Breasts, 268,949 views

2. Student Gets Home-Made Lunch Taken Away By School Lunch Inspectors Because It Wasn’t Healthy Enough, 198,943 views

3. Man Attempts Shooting Spree At “The Hobbit” Movie Premier, Stopped By Man With A Gun, 175,709 views

4. Shocker: Matt Damon’s Anti-Fracking Film Is Funded By Middle Eastern Oil Interests, 106,761 views

5. Occupier Gets A Lesson About Socialism From A Man Who Survived It, 95,697 views

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Janne Myrdal

    Keep up the good work Rob!!

    • Rob

      Thanks, Janne, you too!

    • noblindersonme

      Rob’s ‘good work’, janne, included several posts that questioned the severity of drunk driving laws ( too intrusive on personal liberties) he mocked the need for a new farm bill ( as a farmer, janne , does not not concern you?) he whined that the Olympics were a waste of time ; he stressed that as a libertarian, assaults on gays , gay marriage , were nobody’s business and he does not hide his atheism( as a outspoken Christian activist does that not concern you?; he tolerated and cheerleaded for gutter politics that his party engaged in , that he would only find repellent when the ‘other party ‘ did the same, is that ok? aaaaand he was proud of a couple of columns , and continues to do so, of his disgust ( jealousy) of all the heartwarming and wholesome attention ( North Dakota’s favorite grandmother) Marilyn Hagerty got !!!!!
      if we are going to engage in year end reviews , lets be
      ‘fair’ ( a term Port himself is so eager to self prescribe) . As you folks go crazy patting him on the back , let those of us who know him better, point out he maybe deserves a different apppendedge to a different part of the body!
      And how did that virulent campaign against the opponents of measure 2 work out for him ( 80% of Ndakotans saw through his myopia) and of course we are roaring into the 4th year of the oil industry’s boom in NDakota with absolutely no sign of let up even though Port ( and Hennen and Schaefer ) fretted like worried old hens that the oil companies would surely keep their distance and turn up their noses at Ndakota because the oil tax rate would stay at 11% and not at the 9% they wanted!
      You guys may want to make judgements by looking at the whole picture. my name is noblindersonme.

      • kevindf

        Is that what you parents named you?

        • Onslaught1066

          No, they named him Sh*thead, but he changed it for professional reasons.

      • Rob

        Everyone’s a critic.

  • The Whistler

    I think you’re behind Marilyn Haggarty.

    • Rob

      Well I didn’t review any Olive Gardens this year.

      • The Whistler

        You can’t handle the big stories I guess.

        • kevindf

          If you can’t rely on SayAnythingBlog for restaurant suggestions, what are we to do?

          • noblindersonme

            Maybe we can rely on Kevin f’s eatery suggestions , for if we are going to do this year end summary, one of kevin’s greatest hits of the past year was to dismiss his need to support farmers like ME because “HE GETS HIS GROCERIES AT THE STORE”!
            back to you janne. This is the kind of deep thinkers you are giving kudos to.

          • kevindf

            Where do you buy your groceries, Ron?

          • Rob

            Support farmers like you? You sell a product everyone, literally, has to have. If you can’t do that and turn a profit, you don’t deserve help.

            Help yourself.

  • Rick Jensen

    That was cool to have flashback like that!! Have a Happy New Year Rob and looking forward to working with you on our show in 2013!!

    • Rob

      Thanks Rick, doing your show is always a blast.

  • Snarkie

    And I thought the best posts were

    Q: What Killed Andrew Brietbart?

    New Footage Emerges of Meeting Between Paul Ryan and David Koch

    • Rob

      I guess it depends on how we’re defining “best”


    • Proof

      Maybe Rob will look up the stats for those two posts and see how they compare?

      Your delusions of adequacy are duly noted.

  • $8194357

    Remember the Founders gave us #2 for a reason…

    Happy New Year comrade citizens..
    Happy Brave New World New Year….

    In Liberty and Faith,

  • WOOF

    Top two commented blogs are on Race.
    1. $15 Trillion Later, War On Poverty
    2. Black Gangs Profile, Attack White

    Third most commented on, homosexuality.
    3. Gay Marriage,

    God Bless Sayanything, its posters and proprietor.

  • camsaure

    I think the “most commented on” criteria could be skewed by the four or five trolls(not counting sock puppets) whom never really have much to say. They are around more to just clog the blogs in hopes of getting into pi$$ing matches in the hopes of making the comments too long to read. I like the most read criteria better. That said keep up the great work Rob and congrats on the success.

    • Rob

      Yeah, you can never really predict the threads where a lot of commenting will break out.

      Anyway, thanks! I will keep it up.