While poking around in Google Analytics the other day, I was a little surprised to learn this was our all-time most popular story. I thought it was this. Or maybe this. So we decided to call people at various websites and ask everyone the same question — what was your #1 all-time most-clicked-on post? Here's what they told us.
1. BOING BOING — CLASSIC ARCADE GAME DEATHS
Directed by Rob Beschizza, this video has been viewed over 1.2 million times. I recommend watching it, then letting the music — a MIDI version of "Mad World" — play in the background the rest of the week.
3. FLAVORWIRE — THE 30 HARSHEST MUSICIAN-ON-MUSICIAN INSULTS
Flavorwire followed up their popular lists of author-on-author and filmmaker-on-filmmakerinsults with a look at music feuds. Like this Elton John zinger about Keith Richards: “It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go onstage and look young.”
7. THE AWL — INSIDE DAVID FOSTER WALLACE'S PRIVATE SELF-HELP LIBRARY
"There are indications — particularly in the markings of his books — of Wallace's own ideas about the sources of his depression, some of which seem as though they ought to be the privileged communications of a priest or a psychiatrist. But these things are in a public archive and are therefore going to be discussed and so I will tell you about them."
"Science has learned a good deal in recent years about the habits and requirements of introverts. It has even learned, by means of brain scans, that introverts process information differently from other people (I am not making this up). If you are behind the curve on this important matter, be reassured that you are not alone."
Written back in 2003, this one might not technically be most popular thing ever posted at TheAtlantic.com, but I'm told that if it's not #1, it's close.
12. YESBUTNOBUTYES — 15 UNINTENTIONALLY HILARIOUS COMIC BOOK PANELS
YesButNoButYes is no more, but several of their writers — Miss Cellania and myself included — spent good times writing over there. Nothing I contributed ever approached the pageview onslaught of this Rich Barrett masterpiece.
21. THE WINSLOW GARDENS — THE FRONT IN THE MORNING
This is our art director's Tumblr blog. He wouldn't let me see his stats, so I picked this post at random.
Link: The Winslow Gardens * * * * * * We're still waiting (hoping) to hear back from a bunch of other places. If we do, expect a sequel. If there are other sites you're curious about, let us know in the comments — and if you run or work for another web entity, feel free to give your most popular story a plug and a link below.