I've promised four times to write an entry about how The Archdruid has helped my blogging develop. It's now time to deliver on that promise.
The fifth most read entry of the past year is A conversation with The Archdruid about Objectivism, Satanism, and the GOP, posted December 30, 2013. According to the secondary counter, it earned 693 page views and, according to the primary counter, it earned 638 page views, making it the second most read of the last year and the fifth most read of all time according to that measure. It kicked U.S.-China EcoPartnerships: The CoDominion plans for sustainability out of the all-time top ten according to the primary counter for a time. As I mentioned in Popular retrospectives for the second and third year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, that wasn't the first time entry had fallen out of the top ten. That entry later returned, but was again booted out on the last day of the blog, another story connected to The Archdruid that I'll tell over the jump.
As for how this became such a big deal, I promoted it in a comment on the last entry of 2013 on Kunstler's blog. Within one day, I wrote the following about the reaction on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.
I posted a link to the most recent entry about the Archdruid to Kunstler's blog this morning. So far, I've pulled in 400+ page views to that post, moving it up to the third most read entry this calendar year and the ninth most read in the history of the Crazy Eddie's Motie News. That only took 12 hours.Kunstler himself responded to me, writing "Greer’s essay last week was really outstanding." Obviously, that entry continued to gain readers and page views throughout the week.
As for what the entry was about, and what led up to my writing it, those same Dreamwidth and LiveJournal entries told the tale.
The Archdruid moved to a topic that he is uniquely suited to address, the role of belief systems in societies and how resource depletion would affect both societies and their beliefs. It was enough that, after two years, I finally found something of Greer's that I could feature on my blog, the description of civil antireligions in The Fate of Civil Religion that I excerpted and commented on to compose The Archdruid on Objectivism as civil antireligion. Then, he wrote an essay that I actually had something to say in response to, An Old Kind of Science, which I turned into A conversation with The Archdruid for the Solstice. The next week, he engaged in A Christmas Speculation, in which he called the GOP a bunch of closet Satanists who were hiding their true beliefs behind their devotion to Ayn Rand. I commented on that and converted the result into A conversation with The Archdruid about Objectivism, Satanism, and the GOP. I despise Objectivism, and couldn't resist a comparison between it and an unpopular religion. After all, two years ago, I posted Objectivism and Scientology: a sublime to the ridiculous comparison.My success with those entries prompted me to write "I think I'll keep reading and responding to The Archdruid after all." Follow over the jump for how that has panned out for me.