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A Change of Trend


You know something’s different when the least popular kind of topic on this blog gets a lot of attention.

Last week, I wrote about the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. I have noted in the past that posts on international politics are massively unpopular here, so I was surprised when this one attracted so much attention. I suppose it’s indicative of how much attention Americans are paying to Brexit, compared with how much we tend to care about other international topics (which is to say, not much).

At this point, I suspect it’s a fluke, though. I’ve written multiple posts on international topics–I even wrote a Brexit post before!–and they usually echoed into an empty void. Much like my Stellaris post, you never know when one specific post might just buck all the existing trends. That one’s still the number one post, by the way, and is likely to remain so for a long time to come, unless something I write in the future has a similar explosion in traffic. My other top posts are about autism, the American Presidential primaries, healthcare, self-driving cars, and my (thankfully, now concluded) child support saga. Not a lot of similarities between those topics, other than that they are popular topics of discussion among Americans in general.

In any case, I didn’t have much else to report, but I thought that was an interesting outlier. As a reminder, I’ll be out of town for a few days this week. There will still be posts, but they may be different from usual. They might be shorter or on more obscure topics. I don’t know yet, but I’m about to go write them right now!

Have a great week!

Photo by Sean MacEntee