What is “popular” should help you understand why I tend to focus on the stories that I do. As we close out the year of 2021, I’m looking back at the 10 most popular posts of 2021 in terms of traffic on Live and Let’s Fly.
The trend is clear and has only accelerated in 2021: people like reading bad news. I guess it is not a surprise in our clickbait culture, but the results are clear even beyond the top-10 list below. As you will see, not a single “positive” story made the cut.
Although my incredibly time-consuming trip reports never make the top-10 list, I have to remind myself that I actually write to myself first and foremost and that it must always be that way. I’ve also been more overtly political and religious this year, which is not so much for clicks but rather finally feeling comfortable enough to risk offending some readers. But I don’t sell you credit cards you don’t need and if even if you disagree with me, I hope you can at least appreciate how I come to my worldview on a number of topics we have discussed this year. That, I hope, is what sets this blog apart from the pack.
But without further ado, here are the ten most popular posts from 2021:
Many thanks to Kyle Stewart and 121pilot for their contributions and insight over the last year. Both are a pleasure to work with and I am deeply grateful for their helpful contributions.
Coronavirus again dominated the news this year and yet I think the top-10 list demonstrates that many are looking to Live and Let’s Fly for a diversion from more sobering news. We no longer avoid clickbait, but still try to make it worth your while to click through any story we write. We look forward to bringing you more content worth reading in 2022.