For those interested, top education-based domain visitors to my site for the past couple of years are from Duke, Brown, Oxford, Harvard, and the New York City public schools. Others include Columbia, USC, NYU, Vanderbilt, Los Angeles Unified, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and Clemson. Top categories are Movies, Interviews, Services, News & Ideas, and Books.
Though my blog is the most widely read page on the site, the most popular interview during the past two years was my 2001 conversation with talk radio’s Dr. Dean Edell, who recently announced his retirement, about his book Eat, Drink and Be Merry (though readers spent more time reading my interview with Seton Hall University Professor Robert Mayhew about Ayn Rand’s We the Living last fall). The top ranked movie review was my review of the 2009 Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Avatar, which was also posted on Capitalism Magazine. Number one book article: my commentary on We the Living, which was also published in several newspapers including the Korea Times (my review of David Halberstam’s book about Michael Jordan and my profile of the “Chinese Cinderella” author Adeline Yen-Mah were the runners-up). The top War-themed article was my roundup of informative DVDs about 9/11.
The top-ranked blog posts concerned Disney’s train tour to promote A Christmas Carol, Susan Boyle, cable television comedian and host Jon Stewart, Chicago teacher Marva Collins, and my review of The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, which I enjoyed and recommend. Widely searched terms on the site were Iraq, Iran, Illusionist, Gran Torino, Milk, and Kinsey, and readers may be confused by the fact that the search field at the top of each page covers the site, not the blog, where I post many movie reviews, while the blog search field exclusively searches the blog (sorry for any inconvenience). Top keywords searched that brought readers to the site: ‘Scott Holleran’, ‘Martin Russ’, and ‘Susan Boyle YouTube’. Some of the more amusing movie review terms: ‘land of the lost cher’, ‘jungle book john wayne’ (he had nothing to do with the Disney movie, so maybe this is an urban myth), ‘slumdog objectivist’ and my personal favorite: ‘initiate the binary commands’, a line from District 9 that I favorably referenced in my blog review.