My Top Posts of 2013. (And the ones I *wished* were top…)

Laura McInerney

One of the rules of blog writing is that the posts you most lovingly craft are rarely the ones that get most readers. Alan White first brought this to my attention after he wrote a nuanced book review about Nick Ross’ controversial crime book. While the newspapers were hamming up Ross’ phrase that ‘rape is not rape’, White carefully unpicked the true themes (Ross was not quite as daft as the papers made out). The careful nuance, however, meant hardly anyone read it thus causing me to christen a new law. White’s Law: The number of people who read your work is usually inverse to either (a) time spent on it, or (b) your level of pride about it.

So in this year’s “Top Post” round-up I am writing two lists. First, the five most read posts of the year. Then, the ones I wish had been read more…

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