TOP TEN 2017 REVIEWS (by hits)
Trailer Park Boys – Season 11 (5692 hits)
Deep Purple – Limitless (591 hits)
The Kinks – The Essential (509 hits)
Sword – Live Hammersmith (430 hits)
Max Webster – The Party (356 hits)
KISS – Dynasty re-review (297 hits)
Deep Purple – Time for Bedlam (297 hits)
KISS – Music From the Elder re-review (282 hits)
Greta Van Fleet – Black Smoke Rising (281 hits)
KISS – Love Gun re-review (278 hits)
TOP FIVE “GETTING MORE TALES” of 2017 (by hits)
#551: “You’re Wrong on Unmasked“ (932 hits)
#625: The Last Fanboys (428 hits)
#546: Worst. McDonalds. Ever. (310 hits)
#575: The Chris Cornell Obsession (194 hits)
#619: State of the Rock – FYC! (132 hits)
Strong showing on The Last Fanboys, a Star Wars rant that was only posted on December 27 with only a few days left in the year to rank! Thanks, fanboys!
TOP FIVE READER’S COUNTRIES by hits
United States – 73,014 hits
Canada – 31,064 hits
United Kingdom – 15,692 hits
Australia – 10,969 hits
Spain – 5744 hits
…and 1 hit from Greenland!
Unfortunately, WordPress no longer allows us to view Top Commentators of the year. Boo! So instead, you all win! Everyone who posted a comment wins Top Commentator. I call it the Deke Award of Deke-ness, because good ol’ Deke at “Arena Rock” used ta rank #1 every year!
…And On A Personal Note
I don’t mind admitting that 2017 kicked my ass. In terms of growth, in both quality and in traffic, it was our best year yet. I’m 45 years old and I feel our best is still ahead. With music as inspiring as it was in 2017, it’s inevitable that I will have some amazing things to write about in 2018.
But 2017 flat-out kicked my ass. Finding out your wife has cancer, yeah, that’s what did me in. By the end of December my immune system was ripe for the pickings.
The non-stop support at home has been essential to getting back on my feet, but don’t underestimate your own role in this. Though I have not been able to respond to individual comments, they’ve all been appreciated. Every single one.
As we all head back to the grind tomorrow, remember none of it means anything if you don’t take care of yourselves. That’s what I’m going to pledge to do better in 2018.