Last year in this space, we looked at the top ten Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner articles for 2011, with visits measured by Google Analytics.
The most popular articles in 2012, however, cluster thematically: four focus on Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson or his running mate, Jim Gray; three focus on GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul; and two relate to Constitution Party presidential candidate (and former Virginia Congressman) Virgil Goode. The others report on the 2012 election results and the Supreme Court's health care decision.
In reverse order, the top ten most popular Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner articles for 2012 are:
10. "Presidential hopeful Gary Johnson on health care, marriage, and [Stephen] Colbert" (published April 4, 2012)
9. "Historian Brian Doherty examines the unprecedented Ron Paul phenomenon" (published May 19)
8. "Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says [Supreme Court] Obamacare decision is 'a win for liberty'" (published June 28)
7. "Constitution Party presidential nominee Virgil Goode talks politics on Labor Day" (published September 3)
6. "Libertarian VP nominee Jim Gray reflects on electing judges, Gary Johnson"(published September 20)
5. "Few though colorful write-in votes cast in Charlottesville in Election 2012" (published November 9)
4. "Author Brian Doherty explains Ron Paul’s ambivalence on gay issues" (published May 18)
3. "Journalist Brian Doherty foretells GOP's post-Ron Paul political future" (published May 21)
2. "LP presidential hopeful Gary Johnson calls two-party debates a 'waste of time'" (published October 21)
The single most popular Charlottesville Libertarian Examiner story of 2012 was this one, in which former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson offers his opinion of three of his opponents in the presidential election:
1. "Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson assesses [Mitt] Romney, [Jill] Stein, and [Virgil] Goode" (published October 14, 2012)
Interestingly, if this list were extended, number 11 was based on an interview with LP vice presidential candidate Jim Gray and number 14 gave Brian Doherty an opportunity to compare the merits and appeal of presidential candidates Ron Paul and Gary Johnson, which suggests that supporters of those two politicians are eager to read about them (or about Brian Doherty, author of the 2012 book, Ron Paul's rEVOLution: The Man and the Movement He Inspired.)
What stories will attract the most attention and interest in 2013? That remains to be seen.