So I see a lot of bloggers are posting their top posts, so I guess I'll do that too. The top ten, by page views, are a little surprising to me:
- Benoit Mandelbrot, 1924-2010 Oct 16, 2010 1,168 Pageviews
- On Secession Jul 24, 2010, 23 comments 581 Pageviews
- One more NFIB chart post... Sep 17, 2010, 2 comments 502 Pageviews
- Critical Rationalism Blog Apr 16, 2010, 9 comments 410 Pageviews
- Hey, at least it keeps them off the streets! Oct 6, 2010 371 Pageviews
- Murphy v. Krugman: The Blind Debating the Blind Oct 21, 2010, 5 comments 230 Pageviews
- This deserves its own post... Sep 2, 2010, 25 comments 196 Pageviews
- Daniel Klein, Progressivism, and Rights Dec 7, 2010, 20 comments 157 Pageviews
- A Good Krugman Post Oct 31, 2010 153 Pageviews
- Boardwalk Empire Sep 17, 2010 146 Pageviews
Why the simple memorial to Mandelbrot is first is beyond me. I looked up search terms that brought us up and "Mandelbrot" was very high, so I guess somehow we got caught up in a search algorithm and it directed people here. I think I posted links to my "On Secession" post on a Mises.org discussion of Woods's book - that explains that. Nick Rowe and Brad DeLong both picked up my "One more NFIB chart post..." - on DeLong's blog he dubbed me a "three musketeer" along with Nick Rowe and Niklas Blanchard for my efforts taking on some odd interpretations of the NFIB business confidence data. A proud moment indeed. I know Brad picked up the "Hey, at least it keeps them off the streets" post too. DeLong, despite my occassional critiques, is a good promoter of an amateur blogger. The blog that directs the most traffic here, though, is of course Economic Thought. I have to thank Jonathan and Mattheus for a great year. In a lot of ways, this blog and their blog were co-travelers in the blogosphere. Economic Thought played the Hayek to Facts and Other Stubborn Things's Keynes (and while Hayek wins when he is given a script and put on Youtube, we all know how it worked out in real life).
My fairly critical post on the Murphy/Krugman debate was also shared on Mises.org. I'm not sure how the Daniel Klein post got around so much, but I'm glad it did - I enjoyed writing it, and it was only a couple weeks ago that I wrote it and it's made the top ten for 2010 (although I'm not sure how much of a feat this really is... I'm sure most page views happen within the first week of posting).
The Daniel Klein post is one of my favorites this year. Others that I particularly enjoyed are:
- Keynesianism and Consumptionism (I'm still working these ideas out for myself, but I think it's a major source of misunderstanding and I think I laid out my case fairly well).
- Me on Selgin, Lastrapes, and White (This was pretty contentious over at Cafe Hayek with Selgin himself mocking me (and then apologizing), but I really think it needed to be said. I did not find this to be a very good paper at all).
- My post on the insincerity of "taxation is theft" claims (this was one of my weakest arguments this year and I got blasted for it from all directions - but I still think it was worth writing because I think there's a kernel of an argument there and the melee helped me work through it. I'm still floundering for a full argument).
- My post tying Janos Kornai to proto-Keynesian sorts of ideas (I think I was on to something - I want to get a copy of Kornai's book but it's hard to find online).
- On the supply inelasticity of graduate school educated labor
- This post, Surprise! I agree! is one of many where I've pointed out what I've called "the presumption of ideological orthogonality", or the assumption that "because I think something, and because you're my opponent, you must oppose it". It's a really bad assumption to make.
- This post on The Empire of Liberty is another speculative post that I think hit the mark more than my critique of the "taxation is theft" post. Mattheus gave me props on it, and he's a rigorous critic.
- Alien skepticism... what I think and don't think about aliens.
- Earlier in the year I had a string of posts contrasting "calculation problems" with "incentive problems" to highlight why addressing so-called "externalities" can be tough, but is completely different from central planning. I like these ideas... I need to distill these posts into a paper of some sort.
- All my posts on 1920-21 (some about the depression, some just about the period) are here.
My New Year's resolution? Well like I said earlier, it's to not blog in the morning until I've written 250 words. It sounds silly, I know, but this will actually be a major lifestyle change for me. I spend about an hour and a half every morning before going to work looking around at other blogs and drafting my own thoughts - sometimes producing two or three posts in a morning. That's been great, but if I could actually research and write in that time it would be very, very good for me. I've got a lot of ideas stewing that need to get on paper - to say nothing of current obligations.