In May of 2008 after a trip to the gun range, John Derbyshire sent me an email to ask what kind of Shotgun I would suggest he buy. He posted a link to my response in the Corner on NRO. That post is still the single most widely read piece I've written, having been viewed literally millions (multiple) of times. Put the words "buying a shotgun" into google, and for years that post was the first item to come up. It's only recently become number 2. (last time I checked, google had an Ad in the number 2 spot and mine was number 3).
That link lit a fire under the rest of this blog. Between there and here, It went from being something that a few of my Wall Street friends were reading, to having a meaningful and broad audience. It's not drudge or anything. But it's settled into a stable and steady 12 to 13 thousand unique visitors a month. Since then, Michelle Malkin has linked a few articles, other conservative sites have linked a few more, and Sean Hannity even read one of my pieces on his afternoon radio show. That was fun.
It's built up a bit of its own momentum, which is astounding when you think of how little goes into it. Imagine a child's go kart rolling down a mountainside at far, far too great a speed - bouncing and careening off the rocks while small decorative pieces fly off in every direction - and there behind what's left of the wheel is me, hanging on with white knuckles and grinning wildly, totally unaware of the danger to myself and others. That's something like what I imagine. and while the ride may or may not be worth watching, it's easy to imagine that the wreck that comes will be. Maybe that's what everyone's showing up to see.
I'm very appreciative that so many people find my views worth the trouble, but I have to tell you I don't really get it much of the time. I'm not anyone after all. I'm a middle aged suburban white guy from New Jersey with a wife, a daughter, a dog, and a few hobbies. Drop an asteroid on me tomorrow and the world would never notice. I don't mean this at all disrespectfully but, surely you guys all have your own opinionated friends right? That's all this really is - a guy who lacks the good manners to keep his opinions to himself, who built himself a megaphone and is taking it to some hysterically large scale. And yet, people do continue to show interest, so I keep doing it.
Anyway, I've trolled through the last roughly 1500 posts and pulled out a few that I thought were particularly insightful given their date, or were particularly fun to read. Since quite a few of them predate the Shotgun post that John used to 'put me on the map' you might not recognize them. But I think if I were to build a greatest hits reel they all deserve inclusion. Many have been reposted at National Review or other conservative websites. The one Hannity read on the air is there too. If you've got the time to kill and wanted to get to know me, I think they say a lot about who I am.
I personally think you should peruse them all as they each contain their own tiny gems, but if you only read a couple, then make them Keynesian Monopoly, An Open Letter To Greek Protesters, Hail Ants, and Civil Servants gone wild. They have less substance than many of the others, but are probably more fun.
I stopped the links in November of last year, since beyond that I think you can peruse on your own.