My most popular posts in 2020 and other lists

10.56, Thursday 17 Dec 2020

This blog turned 20 years old in February, and it turned out to be a productive year – although I had no idea at the time how much I’d end up writing.

According to Google Analytics, my 5 most popular posts in 2020 were (in descending order):

Here’s a longer list: my 20 most popular posts in 2020.


Out of the 100+ posts this year, I’ve also made a list of the most speculative, on topics such as…

  • Cyborg prosthetics and smartphones with limbs
  • Charisma as a physiological mutation
  • Ice cream trucks for coffee, now we’re working at home
  • Breathing out stress as isoprene
  • Ancient magicians
  • Weird office furniture

Here you go: 18 speculative posts in 2020.


Some stats.

  • 2016: 48 posts (25,227 words, 462 links)
  • 2017: 22 posts (17,007 words, 244 links)
  • 2018: 15 posts (16,786 words, 123 links)
  • 2019: 8 posts (7,268 words, 78 links)
  • 2020, to year end: 116 posts (94,348 words, 712 links)

94,000 words? That’s what lockdown does. And also a different approach to writing. Back in September, I posted my 15 personal rules for blogging which are all about dodging mental traps.

Update 2 Jan, 2021: Finalised 2020 stats, above.

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