Greg Gerding

2016 Year in Review: Top 10 Articles from The Big Smoke America

Greg Gerding, Editor-in-Chief of The Big Smoke America, celebrates the one-year anniversary since launching by listing the Top 10 articles read and shared most in 2016.

 

On November 9th, 2015, we launched The Big Smoke America. Since then, we have published over 600 articles and essays tackling a number of topics, generating a lot of interest, and sparking many debates and discussions.

I looked at the traffic through both our website and social media to review our most popular articles and here’s what I learned about you: you are smart, switched on, sophisticated, and you like a good laugh.

Here are the Top 10 most widely read and shared articles in 2016. They are not listed from # 1 – 10, but are instead listed alphabetically by author’s last name.

 

Jason Arment

Interview with Eric Parker, Part I: The Bundy Sniper

Interview with Eric Parker, Part I: The Bundy Sniper

Other widely read articles by Jason Arment in 2016 included: Moloch: Inside a Broken Public School, Part 1 of 5, Interview with the Bundy Sniper, Part IV: Phone Calls from SolitaryInterview with Two Different Militiamen: Insights into the MindsetThe Toxic Culture of MarinesSo You’ve Decided to Kill Yourself in the VA Parking LotInterview with an Anonymous Police Officer, and Interview with an Anonymous Anarchist

 

David J. Ballenger

Extraction and Exploitation: The Recent Events in Piketon, Ohio

Extraction and Exploitation: The Recent Events in Piketon, Ohio

Also widely read by David J. Ballenger in 2016: A Part of the Story: Marijuana in Appalachian Ohio

 

John S. Blake

Sign o’ the Times: My Heart Hungers for Starfish and Coffee

Sign o’ the Times: My Heart Hungers for Starfish and Coffee

Other widely read articles by John S. Blake in 2016 included: “Stop, Children, What’s That Sound?”: Deflection Old as SlaveryThe Art of Dying, and The Star

 

Sean Davis

An Open Letter to Donald Trump from a Purple Heart Veteran

An Open Letter to Donald Trump from a Purple Heart Veteran

Other widely read articles by Sean Davis in 2016 included: Be the Amendment You Want to See in the World and I’m Running for Mayor

 

Joseph Edwin Haeger

My Brother Justin: Living up to Expectations

My Brother Justin: Living up to Expectations

 

Travis Laurence Naught

Stand-Up Comedy Review: David Cross “Making America Great Again!”

Stand-Up Comedy Review: David Cross “Making America Great Again!”

 

Jeff Reese

Please Help Sonny Vincent and His Family

Please Help Sonny Vincent and His Family

Other widely read articles by Jeff Reese in 2016 included: Mike Faverman: Incorrigible Asshole? Or “Victim”?The Tao of Pfffffft: An Origin Story, and Double the Pfffffft: Men’s Rights Activists and Rage

 

Christine Rice

Stop Laughing When I Say I’m From Flint (Because It’s Not a Punch Line)

Stop Laughing When I Say I’m From Flint (Because It’s Not a Punch Line)

Other widely read articles by Christine Rice in 2016 included: Former Stanford Student Athlete, Current Rapist and Getting Educated or Getting Ripped Off? Why Running Schools like Corporations Is a Bad Idea

 

Jesse Valencia

Eight Awesome Prince Albums Missing from TIDAL

Eight Awesome Prince Albums Missing from TIDAL

Other widely read articles by Jesse Valencia in 2016 included: Top 10 BS Ideas I Learned About in Grad SchoolIndie Music’s White Male ProblemNew Album Exclusive: Distortland by The Dandy Warhols and Interview with Courtney Taylor-TaylorThe Beautiful Ones U Always Seem 2 Lose: Remembering Prince Rogers Nelson (1958 – 2016), and Light the World Up: An Interview with Elizabeth le Fey

 

Sarah Xerta

Gaslighting 103: Parents, Self-Doubt, and Beginning to Heal

Gaslighting 103: Parents, Self-Doubt, and Beginning to Heal

Also widely read by Sarah Xerta in 2016: Quantum Feminism: Radical Feeling

 

All of the following essays and articles need to be mentioned too as the most popular in 2016 (also presented alphabetically by author last name):
DeMisty D. Bellinger This Is Not Normal: Resist
Ross Blanchard Trolling the Bundy Militia
Kate Burke and Maureen Haeger Creating an Audience: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Workplace
Glenn Carle America in Peril: Trump Poses the Greatest Threat to U.S. International Security
Drew Carto Certified Shooter
Curtis Dawkins Notes from The Hole
Mark Gundy Trump Cruzes to Victory
Josh Hamilton (Not so) Super Tuesday
Stefanie Histed The 8 Best-Selling Men’s Body Washes of 2015
Mike Magnuson On the Road to a Mass Shooting
Chris Margolin The Diary of a Young Girl: Censorship over Opportunity
Matthew Neff Why Faith Cannot Save Us
Veronica Pamoukaghlian My Life without a Smartphone
Christy Powers On the Eve of Yesterday
Ben Werner Hunter-Gatherer: Ahead of the Jonas Snowpocalypse 2016
Ethan Wolcott The Waiting Game: What I Learned from a Sanders Stump Speech
Jason Zenobia My Father’s First Pride
Amie Zimmerman Curls as Beauty: An Essay on Unlearning Naturally Curly Hair Negativity

 

Thank you for your loyal readership. We want to continue to shake up and transform America for the better. Please stay tuned, we’re just getting started.

 

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Greg Gerding

Greg Gerding is the Editor-in-Chief of The Big Smoke America. He is also the founder of University of Hell Press, an indie press that publishes irreverent and thought-provoking literature.

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