Slugger had over a million readers in 2017. Thank you :-)

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


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