The good ship Slugger had a great 2017. We had over a million readers over the course of the year, 1343 posts, and over 6 million pages of content read.
There were around 115,000 comments posted to the site and we read every single one of them (yeah right).
For those of you who are about to comment that it says one or two thousand readers at the top of most posts how can it be so many? You need to remember that the Slugger archive goes back 15 years. We get a lot of traffic to the archive so collectively it all adds up to a ton of readers.
Here are our top posts of 2017 and the number of readers:
|1||The £400m for Infrastructure in the Conservative-DUP agreement will only exacerbate Northern Ireland’s east-west divide||41931|
|2||Can you all just calm yourselves down a bit about the DUP?||27772|
|3||“Night vision goggles and a f***ing sword”||24448|
|4||New Brexit bombshell. Irish citizen rights to live and work in Great Britain may change within a month, even for northerners. The answer so far- take out a British passport if you can, quick||23584|
|5||EXCLUSIVE POLL: Unionist supporters content with East West post #Brexit border controls…||15591|
|6||Why Unionism has a problem…||14177|
|7||Nationalism Bites Back||14117|
|8||How brexit is destroying NI’s centre ground – and could take the Union with it||13491|
|9||If not loyalists, who else will do this job?||11885|
|10||Forecasting the 2017 Assembly Election||11860|
|11||Sinn Fein’s Unlikely Candidate||11205|
|12||Check Your (unionist) Privilege||10589|
|13||If Belfast is a beautiful city, then why plague it with a black sticker pox?||10478|
|14||Poll records another jump in support for Irish Unity||9666|
|15||The Death of Unionism||9441|
|16||LucidTalk Poll on a Border Poll & Irish Unity||9416|
|17||Fresh evidence from the archives: When did Martin McGuinness actually leave the PIRA?||9383|
|18||Looks like there may be big changes in the post for tomorrow’s count…||9210|
|19||Observe the sons of Ulster, marching towards the bin||9079|
|20||Six reasons why the DUP must be considered on its merits rather than its faults…||8929|
|21||New DUP MP Pengelly faces choice: Stand up for shared housing residents or side with loyalists targeting ‘The Other’||8380|
|22||Take Back Control – of our Ulster-Scots histories||8333|
|23||Latest findings on a border poll||8253|
|24||Brexit to force Tayto Northern Ireland to stop selling their popular Cheese & Onion Crisps?||8075|
|25||We have no Executive but we need to face electoral realities||7514|
|26||You know things are bad when Stacey Dooley comes to town…||7414|
|27||Sinn Fein running John Finucane in North Belfast||7222|
|28||Kevin Myers disgraced||7203|
|29||“The prospect written between the lines of this week’s letter is of Sinn Féin sidelining itself….”||7175|
|30||A Passport to Nationalist Insurrection?||6994|
|31||Non-life-threatening injuries and the scandal of shooting children…||6882|
|32||Martin McGuinness (not Michelle O’Neill) describes the DUP as bigots in Mid Ulster||6841|
|33||The warm welcome Arlene Foster received at the funeral of Martin McGuinness came as a surprise to many. But not to those who know Derry well.||6834|
|34||DUP figure calls for boycott of News Letter over RHI revelations||6508|
|35||Key races to watch in Northern Ireland||6501|
|36||The DUP are barking up the wrong tree||6422|
|37||Unionism isn’t ready for a deal anytime soon||6369|
|38||Lucid Talk poll shows support for special status & strong support for the DUP & Sinn Fein||6364|
|39||#AE17 – Bring us your Box Figures for 12 noon, 5pm and 9pm?||6343|
|40||Candidates for #AE17||6320|
We thank all our contributors, readers and commentators. Remember anyone can write for Slugger, you don’t need a background in writing. If you are interested contact any of the team. We especially welcome more female writers.
And the best thing about Slugger? We do all this with zero funding. I know the idea of anything happening in Northern Ireland without public funding seems impossible but its true. None of the team gets paid, we do it for the craic. Instead, we rely on you dear reader for support. By being reader supported we can keep our independence.
We want to do more in 2018, more events, more TV stuff, maybe a book… But to do all these we need some funds in the aul kitty.